Carsie Blanton Band

Carsie Blanton Band


  • September 28, 2019 at 8:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $16 advance | $19 door

Buck Up, the new studio album from singer and songwriter Carsie Blanton, opens with a siren. This warning, or call to arms, segues into the first cut, “Twister.” Finger snaps accompany Blanton’s smoky vocals, as piano, upright bass, cello, trumpet and drums join the proceedings. You’re immediately drawn into her riveting tale of national and erotic disaster. Brimming with catchy hooks and sensual vocals, Buck Up is Blanton’s melodic manual for survival in the current administration. “There are two themes on the record,” says Blanton. “One is the catastrophe of American politics, and the other is personal catastrophe ― like falling for a man, only to discover that he’s a reckless wild child.”

For the past dozen years, Blanton has been making music that’s been called “impeccably catchy” by critic Robert Christgau. Raised in a Virginia commune, and based today in New Orleans, the self-described “proud socialist” has been on the road since her teens, when her grandpa sent her a batch of jazz recordings by Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Louis Armstrong. “That’s when it started for me,” Blanton says. She fell in love with Cole Porter, and has since toured across America and Europe, sharing stages with The Wood Brothers, Paul Simon, Madeleine Peyroux, The Weepies and others. “A spunky singer-songwriter,” The Boston Globe calls her, “with a sense of swing to match her sense of humor.”