Within an old, tattered barn saturated by warm, rustic beams of sunlight stands Kelsey Waldon, singing the chorus to "All By Myself"- quite possibly the "thesis statement for the rest of the album, if not for life."

The song and its video, featured on her 2016 album "I've Got A Way," embodies the fortitude and rustic charm of the country and bluegrass genres.

"Build your tower strong and tall/Never know what to do when it starts to fall/There's one thing that you should understand/If you ain't your own man, you're nobody's man," sings Waldon.

Born and raised in Monkeys Eyebrow, Ky., Waldon doesn't shy away from her roots. However, as a self-proclaimed "lover of music," Waldon operates in an assorted genre of her own - a genre that is certainly united by the foundation of a raw, old-school country sound.

"I listen to so many different kinds of music. I mean, I'm listening to different stuff all the time, but clearly country and bluegrass is a part of my foundation," she said.

"I love really good hip hop; I'm a really big Bill Withers fan; I'm a big George Harrison fan; and I'm a fan of The Beatles. I also grew up listening to Neil Young. I'm a music lover," she added.

This year Waldon will be performing during Savannah Stopover for the first time - during a special Stopover in the Yard at The Grey - but it is not her first time in the local music scene.

"I performed in Savannah years ago. Probably like, I don't even know, eight years ago. Nobody knew who I was; it was a long, long time ago," she said with a laugh. "This is kind of like our first official time down there, and we're really excited. I have fond memories of Savannah and I think it has a really special vibe."

Waldon, one of Rolling Stone Country's "Artists You Need to Know," has slowly but surely begun to climb her way up into the status of rising country performer. Her current success, however, was not always smooth sailing.

"This didn't happen overnight. Everyone I know right now who are really doin' it, it didn't happen for them overnight. I'm still working hard. I think you're always trying to get to that next level for the rest of your life," Waldon said. "It's a scary thing to be content; I feel like you should always feel like you have to work harder."

Waldon doesn't plan on stopping any time soon, and although she'll always stay true to her Kentucky roots, she believes that growth as an artist, and as a human being, is essential.

"I'm changing and evolving all the time, and I think sometimes identity is a dangerous thing to give yourself because you can't grow when you give yourself one," she said. "I'm a proud Kentuckian; anybody close to me could tell you that. It's a part of who I am, but it doesn't make me unrelatable to anything or anybody else - it's a part of my story.

"I write about things in real time; things inspire me in real time. I don't think I'm too caught up in the past; I have a pair of good eyes for the future, too," she added.

Kelsey Waldon

1 p.m. March 11

Stopover in the Yard at The Grey, 109 MLK Jr. Blvd.; food service starts at noon (additional cost for lunch)