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Kendel Carson - Rearview Mirror Blues

Rearview Mirror Tears

Kendel Carson

Train Wreck Records TW0026

Available from Train Wreck Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

Back in the old days after a particularly raucous Saturday night hoe-down, many of the townsfolk would undoubtedly call Kendel Carson a 'pistol'. "Yup, that girl's a pistol," they'd happily say, walking hand in hand with their honey from the dancehall. Today we embarrassingly fall over ourselves to say "a confidently, exhilarating debut' more cleverly than the next aspiring pundit.

To be honest, I like 'pistol' a hell of a lot better.

Like the irrepressible Carrie Rodriguez before her, Rearview Mirror Tears is another in the renaissance upsurge of Chip Taylor and his protégés (whoever thought the guy would be a certifiable chick magnet?) perfectly capturing the sound of a girl with undeniable talent and vibe. With songs mostly written by Taylor and made whole and wholesome by his posse of players—notably guitarist John Platania and bassist Tony MercaDante—Carson's expressive fiddling, honey voice, and veteran presence (she's only 22) make this disc indelible and playable over and over again.

Pick a song. Any song. Run To The Middle Of The Mornin; the summer playlist perfect I Like Trucks; I Certainly Know Why and the KT Tunstall-ish popper Especially For A Girl. If plaintive elegance and eloquence is the fix you need, cue up Take Me Down To The River; Gold In The Hills Of Saltery Bay; and There's No Angel On My Shoulder from the bonus 2 song CD.

Kendel Carson's a pistol alright. And her sights are aimed high.

Track List:

  • Run To The Middle Of The Mornin'
  • I Like Trucks
  • Take Me Down To The River
  • Ribbons and Bows
  • I Certainly Know Why
  • Gold In The Hills Of Saltery Bay
  • In The Middle Of A Think About You
  • Especially For A Girl
  • Child All Over Again
  • Ain't That A Sun
  • Just What Happened To The Moon
Bonus CD
  • There's No Angel On My Shoulder
  • Who Wants To Ride This Train
Produced by Chip Taylor

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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