Folk Across the Street Welcomes Energetic Stylings of Songstress Carsie Blanton

Apr 03, 2019
Carsie Blanton

Carsie Blanton brings her dazzling sound and stage presence to West Creek this Friday night in an intimate home concert experience, courtesy of Folk Across the Street.

Folk Across the Street is a concert series organized by Roland Hagan of West Creek. The venues for his shows range from backyards to college auditoriums to quiet scientific libraries. It just so happens the next upcoming event is in Hagan’s living room.

Renowned for her spunky spirit, smoky voice, lyrical wit, jazz phrasing and songwriting talent, the musical phenom is currently touring in support of her latest studio album, Buck Up, released Feb. 15 and described as a “melodic mandate for survival following the 2016 presidential election: passion, lust, and humor.” As the album opens, finger snaps alone accompany Blanton’s sensual vocals, before piano, upright bass, cello, trumpet and drums join the fray.

“There are two themes on this record,” according to Blanton. “One is the feeling of catastrophe happening in American politics, and the other is this feeling of personal catastrophe.” Though Buck Up may be “basically about being depressed,” according to Blanton, “if there’s not a sense of humor or playfulness, I don’t want to listen to it. Music is about play.”

Though based in New Orleans since 2012, the self-described “proud socialist” has been on the road since her teens. As a child in Luray, Va., she started studying piano at age 6 and guitar at 13. The budding songwriter’s life was forever changed when her grandfather sent her a batch of jazz recordings for her 13th birthday.

“Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong – that’s when it started for me,” Blanton said. “I’d started performing, and he wanted to make sure my musical education was well rounded.”

Seating is very limited; call 609-206-9150 to inquire about reservations and address. A donation of $25 at the door is suggested. A 6 p.m. potluck meal (BYOB) will be followed by the 7 p.m. show.  —V.F.

(Video by: Carsie Blanton)
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