Carson McHone (from the album Carousel available on Nine Mile Records)
It is tough to take notes with a guitar in your hand and a microphone attached to your lips. Luckily for her songs, Carson McHone has a good memory. She recalls dancers swinging by the front of the stage and from her perch can see clear to the back of the dancehall, collecting tales from the shadows and stories basking in the glow of neon. Much like Carson McHone, who spent formative years playing one-night stands, unwraps the songs given birth in the same bars. Carson McHone opens her recent release, Carousel, with “Sad” sharing secrets of time spent pulling the darkness in closer as the album taps out a rhythm for “Dram Shop Gal” and follows solo piano notes that decide the beat for “How ‘Bout It”.
Musically,Carousel spins with swirls of Folk, Classic Country, and blue-eyed Soul, Carson McHone carrying the torch of Country music forward by giving the genre breathing room remembering that ‘there was a time when I wanted to champion traditional country, mostly because I wasn’t hearing it in what was being called ‘Country’. I think a lot of roots influenced artists feel the need to defend tradition in this way. Today though, I want to do more with the form, push myself past where I understand it to be’. Drama unfolds on a honky tonk rhythm when Carson McHone crosses her fingers and hopes “Maybe There Just Close Friends”, puts a triphammer beat and caffeinated twang underneath “Good Time Daddy Blues”, and turns a hurdy gurdy handle to cradle the promises of “Spider Song”. The night time breeze brings back a familiar sway as the past rushes in when Carousel tries to extinguish the still-burning flame in “Gentle” as Carson McHone makes a desperate plea for “Drugs”.
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