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Carson Amanda "Carsie" Blanton (born July 22, 1985 in Bethesda, Maryland) is an American singer and songwriter based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She plays guitar and piano. Radio personality Gene Shay called Blanton "one of the best singer/songwriters in the business", and singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III says she is a "young up-and-comer... at the top of my list.".
Blanton has released four studio albums: Ain't So Green (2005), Buoy (2009), Idiot Heart (2012), and Not Old, Not New (2014). She has also released three EPs: Hush (2002), Beau (2010), and Rude Remarks and Dirty Jokes (2013). In November 2011, Blanton received media attention for opening multiple shows on Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What tour In 2013, she ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her record Not Old, Not New, raising over $60,000.
Life and career:
Carsie Blanton grew up in Luray, Virginia. She began taking piano lessons at age six, and playing guitar and writing songs at age thirteen. In 2002, at age sixteen, Blanton went to lived in a group house with other artists and musicians in Eugene, Oregon. In Eugene, she sang back-up vocals for a touring funk group (The Champagne Syndicate), took up swing dancing, and started her first band (The Short Skirts). She recorded and self-released her first album Hush in 2002. Her first studio album Ain't So Green, produced by Steve Van Dam of Everything), followed in 2005.
In 2006, Blanton relocated from Eugene to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to pursue her music career full-time. She began working with manager Bill Eib (Amos Lee, Mutlu Onaral), and by 2007 she was playing over one hundred live shows a year. In 2010, Blanton performed live on NPR's nationally syndicated program, Mountain Stage, and opened for The Weepies and Shawn Colvin. In 2011, Blanton toured with Anais Mitchell's Hadestown: A Folk Opera, playing the role of Head Fate, and opened multiple shows on Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What tour. In 2014, Blanton performed on the nationally-syndicated NPR program Song Travels with Michael Feinstein.
Blanton's "Smoke Alarm" is used as the theme song for the podcast Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan. She has appeared multiple times as a guest of the show.