Carsie Blanton

Pearl Street Warehouse Presents

Carsie Blanton

Devon Sproule

Fri · May 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:15 pm

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Carsie Blanton
Carsie Blanton
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 preteens, 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.

In addition to her music, Carsie has gained popularity for her blog (which tackles questions of love and sexuality) and her music videos (which celebrate female empowerment, dance, and the city of New Orleans). Always happy to defy genre, Carsie is also a socialist, a feminist, and an amateur game inventor (look out for her latest creative endeavor, “Bango”: a card game that facilitates talking about sex).

Carsie has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, as a headliner and as support for Paul Simon, The Wood Brothers, The Weepies, Shawn Colvin and many more.
Devon Sproule
Devon Sproule
“I’m imagining a golden string that is connecting everything but especially, beings where love has been. I’ve imagined it again and again so often, it isn’t even imagining, it is making it happen.”

Devon Sproule’s music welcomes the magical and the tangible. It celebrates human complication in the language of nature. It is North American music with weirdo roots.

Since 2007, Sproule’s recordings have been released by Tin Angel Records, based in Coventry, England. She collaborates regularly with Toronto-based band Bernice and producer Sandro Perri. In Summer 2015, she recorded songs from a new collection, “The Gold String,” in Yukon and Nova Scotia. Besides Canada and America, Sproule also tours regularly in Europe and has traveled with her music to Africa and Australia.

“Sproule’s lyrics glance off each other arrestingly, juxtaposing images.” (Financial Times). “Her quirky affectations bring to mind Bjork, and forays into the dark, Michelle Shocked.” (Village Voice)

Devon Sproule is a Canadian/American musician living in rural Virginia, raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia. The 33-year-old, in addition to being a musician, is a high school drop-out, a birder, and a student of Deaf Culture and sign language. She has been married to producer Paul Curreri for 10 years.
Venue Information:
Pearl Street Warehouse
33 Pearl St SW
Washington, DC, 20024
http://www.pearlstreetwarehouse.com/