"Like the singer-songwriters she admires, Carsie Blanton is making folk-based music that prizes wordplay and an antic sense of humor. You can hear jazz, Motown and power pop in her melodies and phrasing, which makes her stuff delightfully surprising but doesn't help her in commercial categorization.
Carsie Blanton has a high voice that floats up into curly Qs of pointed pleasure. Her tone never becomes cute because she phrases with such purpose. And what she's talking about is almost always earthy if not downright down and dirty.
Carsie Blanton bursts with ideas and opinions. If you go to her website, you'll encounter blog posts from a sex-positive point of view alongside meticulously reasoned pieces about the #MeToo movement in the music industry. "Buck Up" came out in late February. And since that time, I keep coming back to it, finding new things to appreciate about it. "Buck Up" is shaping up to be one of my favorite albums of the year." -Ken Tucker, NPR's Fresh Air
In addition to her music, Carsie has gained popularity for her blog (which tackles questions of love and sexuality) her music videos (which celebrate female empowerment, dance, and the city of New Orleans) and her card game, The F’ing Truth which has been praised by sex columnist Dan Savage.
Carsie has toured throughout North America, the UK and Europe, as a headliner and as support for Paul Simon, The Wood Brothers, Josh Ritter, Madeleine Peyroux, Gregory Alan Isakov, Anais Mitchell and more.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.