The Kennedy Center

Ever More Nest


Ever More Nest is a new music project from New Orleans-based songwriter Kelcy Mae, who traveled to Tennessee, experienced totality, met her spirit guide, and made a record. A band with an unmistakable Americana tilt, Ever More Nest pairs Kelcy’s signature poetic lyricism with a musical style that can set you simultaneously on a rural dirt road and a gritty, big-city street.
The project’s debut album, The Place That You Call Home (October 12, 2018), centers on the idea of place, from the fallen trees of “North Mississippi” to the infinite stars of “Major Tom.” Produced by 2018 Grammy-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier), the album accentuates the best of Kelcy’s emotive, authentic voice, delicate yet driving guitar work, and honest, observational songwriting that poses the universal question: “Just where do I belong?” According to Folk Radio UK, “The answer is clearly in any discerning Americana CD collection.”
Shreveport native “Kelcy Mae” Wilburn cut her musical teeth in the way many Bible Belt kids do—singing traditional hymns in church choirs and belting out rock songs amidst the cigarette smoke of friends in cars on the backroads. In 2001, Kelcy found a home in New Orleans, where she studied English at Loyola University and dabbled at local open mics. After Hurricane Katrina, she sold flooring while working toward her MFA in poetry at the University of New Orleans. The poetry of song was her first love, however, and to her first love she eventually returned, pursuing a life in music with the release of her folk-influenced solo record Pennies in Hand in 2011.
During the years that followed, Kelcy Mae learned the ropes of touring and the DIY music life. She released Half-Light, a double EP, in 2014, which No Depression called “an album that pairs solid, straightforward songwriting with a wide ranging musical style with just enough twang at the heart of it all to appeal to any fan of modern Americana.”
With Ever More Nest, Kelcy Mae shows that her work over the last few years—a music-driven journey of self discovery—has paid off, and with The Place That You Call Home, she displays just how at home she is at the intersection of Americana, Alt-Country, and Rock ‘n Roll. Where 2014’s Half-Light toyed with country and Americana, The Place That You Call Home welcomes it with open arms and a shot or three of bourbon. As Ever More Nest, Kelcy has adopted a full-fledged Americana style that nods to the likes of Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Emmylou Harris, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, and Neil Young without sounding too much like any of them.

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Video 8/6/2019: Ever More Nest

Following the release of its debut album, New Orleans Americana outfit Ever More Nest brings its unique, atmospheric alt-country to the Kennedy Center. Much like their album, Ever More Nest’s live performances feature the emotive, authentic voice of lead singer/songwriter Kelcy Mae, accompanied by the band’s soulful guitar work, shimmering banjo and mandolin, country fiddle, and driving rhythm section.