Carsie Blanton is a great singer/songwriter who makes fun, smart, kind of jazzy "classic American pop" music. She was based in Philly for a while but now lives in New Orleans. All advance tickets will be entered into a lottery to win all four signed CDs of Carsie Blanton's current discography! Mei caught up with Carsie for this fun Q&A. Check it!
Where and when was your first show?
My first show was at the Blue Moon Cafe in Sperryville, Virginia. I was 13. I still remember singing my cover songs (mostly Patty Griffin and Ani Difranco), looking at the check I got for $50 at the end of the night, and thinking, "This is the best night of my life."
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?
I could definitely not pick one. It's a toss-up between Patty Griffin, Billie Holiday, and Loudon Wainwright III. When I made my last record, I was listening to tons of Elvis Costello and The Band. The next record, which is an album of jazz standards, will be heavily influenced by Louis Armstrong, Cleo Brown, and Chet Baker.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
Well, there was a night in Visalia, CA, when I stayed up all night partying and my bass player stayed up all night puking his guts out with food poisoning. We drove to LA the next day half asleep and chugging pepto-bismol, respectively, only to discover that there were several big-wig record label reps in the audience. Joe held it together for all 25 minutes of our set between bouts of puking. On the flip side, there was the night in Richmond when we opened for Paul Simon, and he agreed to watch my set. I've never been so nervous in my life as when I was imagining Paul Simon watching me from stage left!
Favorite Food: Raw oysters.
Favorite Drink: Oolong tea.
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?
Helena Bonham Carter.
What two words would best describe your music? Intelligent pop.