New Orleans based singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton has always been a little unorthodox. Raised on a commune in rural Virginia, Carsie never went to high school but was “unschooled” at home, until she left for Oregon at the age of sixteen. She grew up listening to artists like Leonard Cohen and John Prine, and began taking piano lessons at age six. As Lilith Fair-era singer-songwriters like Sheryl Crow and Ani DiFranco emerged during her pre-teens, Carsie ditched the keys for a guitar and began writing songs. Before long, her voracious musical appetite led her to a lifelong love of jazz, Motown, and great songwriters from Irving Berlin to Tom Waits.
Carsie’s latest release, So Ferocious, is a playful indie-pop record for smart, ferocious libertines. Blanton shows off her love for her adopted hometown of New Orleans with brass bands and barroom piano, but blends in electronic instrumentation and environmental soundscapes to create an album that is both raw and playfully burlesque.
“The woman is devastatingly funny, politically spot-on, and charismatic to the extreme. [She] kept the audience in stitches when she wasn’t taking requests or running through a mix of torchy soul, swing and retro rock from her latest album So Ferocious.” New York Music Daily
“Her smoky vocals recall Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, while her wit as a songwriter is in the spirit of Cole Porter.” NPR