Carter Sampson (from the album Lucky available on Horton Records)
It is an album of honest admissions. Carter Sampson is a rootsy-Oklahoma gal who kicks off her recent release, Lucky, with the title track. “Lucky” is modeled in the rhythms of the Johnny Cash backing band, Tennessee Two, the track chugging underneath a monologue of self-reflection nodding to good fortune…..’I got a man who loves me, with everything he has. I got a pretty cool Mama, and I got a pretty cool Dad’. The title-track opener finds Carter Sampson revealing that she’ll take it all as it comes and so far, good fortune has been on her side. “Hello Darlin” begins with an audio opening, thirty seconds of ambient steel, before Sampson drops in to confess about being happy with what seems to be a dreary day while waiting for that perfect person to walk in the door; it’s a song of strong will and anxious innocence. “10-Penny Nail” is a song of heartache and heartbreak, driven with beautiful dobro, summing up her plans with the line ‘I got a 10-dollar bottle to shut you out, 10-penny nail to shut you in’.
Carter Sampson zips through some great musical territory on Lucky. It is a singer-songwriter album that’s accessible and easy to take in with just enough twang to keep it in the country neighborhood while sonically hitting the on the fringes of Folk and Blues territory, a crossroads with Eilen Jewell living in one direction and Emmylou Harris the other. It’s another great notch for the state of Oklahoma music as its roots credibility grows as it garners acknowledgement by a worldwide community of the talent in its musicians. By Bryant Liggett
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