Ballerini says she's "Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good)"
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
– Kelsea Ballerini is expanding her February surprise release, "Welcome Mat," by updating a few songs and one new song for an Aug. 11 release. The disc will be called "Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good)"
Ballerini announced the news during a fan gathering at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
"Having shared everything with my fans, I knew I wanted to tell them first – and I wanted to tell them," said Ballerini. "I wanted to be in an intimate space, with them, walking through everything that happened, explaining some of the artistic decisions and letting them know how much their reaction to this music has meant to me."
Ballerini released "Welcome Mat" in the wake of her split with husband and singer Morgan Evans. She also released "Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (A Short Film)."
"I wasn't worried about anything other than presenting the songs as honestly as possible," she said. "Most started with me and my guitar."
The release will include a new version of "Interlude."
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