The sun radiated across the field and the faint sounds of eager, young musicians filled the park, as Lindsey Waldon of The Blues and Greys shared her backstory and future goals. From growing up in northern California to pursuing her career in Santa Barbara, music has always been a huge part of Waldon’s life. Her indie-centered songwriting and vocal skills have earned her many opportunities, including her band’s opening spot in KJEE’s Summer Round.
As she sat down to talk with us about her experiences, upcoming performances, and the band’s new EP, Waldon murmured, “Its so hot out. I just really wish I had an Otter Pop.”
Royce Blevins: What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Lindsey Waldon: Coffee. Black. Two sugars.
RB: Do you ever wish you were behind an instrument as opposed to being the singer?
LW: I spent a lot of time as a musician behind a piano or guitar or bass. It became a security blanket. Now that I’ve grown into this band and gotten comfortable, I enjoy not having to play an instrument—I can be more expressive as just the singer
Jaden Gill: You are the daughter of a working jazz singer. Did growing up around a jazz influence you music style today?
LW: Yes, absolutely. My mom has been singing jazz since she was 12 years old. You can totally hear it in my voice; there are some moments when I have to hold back.
RB: What drew you to Santa Barbara?
LW: I couldn’t tell you why I picked Santa Barbara. It was like I closed my eyes and put my finger on a map.
RB: On May 17 your band is playing the Santa Barbara Bowl Summer Roundup. How confident are you singing in front of big audiences, as opposed to in a studio?
LW: I would actually say I’m more confident singing in front of audiences. When I’m on stage I’m filled with so much energy and adrenaline, I kinda get lost in it all.
JG: Has it always been like that for you?
LW: I used to hide behind my instruments, I was very nervous on stage. Then a switch just flipped in me.
RB: How would you describe your style? Does it resonate your musical persona in anyway?
LW: I definitely dress a bit more dark, more rock and roll. That’s just something I gravitate toward. I wouldn’t say my music is super dark, [but] its definitely moody.
RB: How many tattoos do you have? Which is your favorite?
LW: I thought I had 20, but I tried counting the other day and I think I have 19. The girls at Girls Rock love to count them, weekly. I love all my tattoos, but I guess I’d have to say my ice cream tattoo is my favorite.
JG: Based on your experience with The Blues and Greys, as well as Little Indian, would you say its easier to be a solo artist or in a band?
LW: They’re so different to me. In a band you have to be big on teamwork, sharing, and communication, verses a solo artist who makes all decisions.
JG: Have you been pleased with the reaction your EP has received so far?
LW: For the little exposure its gotten I think its been well received. But I’m really excited about the new EP to be honest, we’re feeling confident.
The Blues and Greys will open the KJEE Sumer Roundup Sunday, May 17. They also have a headline show Friday, June 19, at SOhO (ages 21 and up). For more information, visit sbbowl.com or The Blues and Greys Facebook facebook.com/thebluesandgreys
Royce Blevins (age 12) and Jaden Gill (age 14) are part of the Girls Rock SB program.