Friday, March 22nd: CARSIE BLANTON
Winsome New Orleans-based pop-folk songwriter Carsie Blanton, who takes her musical cues from Nina Simone and Cleo Brown as much as Joni Mitchell or John Prine, already had an unusual amount of living under her belt by the time she released her first album while still a teenager.
Born in 1985, the home-schooled daughter of songwriting latter-day hippie parents grew up on a former cattle farm in rural Luray, VA, soaking up the classics of jazz, blues, folk, and R&B. She filtered those sounds together to create the album “Hush” when she was all of 16, the same year she left home for the West Coast.
“Ain't So Green,” her first studio album, recorded back home in Virginia, followed several years later in 2005. After a brief stint in San Francisco, she found her way to Philadelphia in 2006 and became a fixture on the area coffeehouse scene and has since released 6 more albums. She's shared stages with the likes of Paul Simon, Loudon Wainwright III, and supported the Wood Brothers on a national tour.
Her newest album, “Buck Up,” was recently added into the WYCE Music Library. Blanton is performing at The Mint at the Intersection on March 23rd.