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Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone, Randy Newman and John Prine, Carsie's songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana. Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece “handsome band”, Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.


"She is a pure old-school cabaret showman, delivering spritely, soulful grooves with retro instrumentation and arrangements that would be at home in jazz clubs and revival tents alike."  AV Club


"The best showcase yet for her voice....Carsie Blanton is [a] hardheaded, open-hearted protester."  Fresh Air with Terry Gross


Mars Sinclair Opens. Mars made her solo professional debut at Blue Strawberry on August 13. She is a gifted singer and nuanced songwriter, in both lyric and melody. Mars writes and sings about the wonders, the joys and the hurts of the heart - and the world she lives in.


From Carsie's blog (she's a terrific, throughtful writer) 


CASUAL LOVE

Friends, put on your flak jackets. It’s time to drop some honesty on yet another uncomfortable topic: love. We use the word “love” to mean a lot of things. Throughout this post I’ll be referring to the romantic kind of love, the kind that usually involves sexual attraction, AKA “falling in love”.

LOVE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH  

The truth about love is: it happens. A lot. It happens at appropriate times (like, when you’re in a long-term relationship with someone great), and also inappropriate ones (like, when you meet somebody at a party and have a weirdly awesome conversation and then make out in a bathroom). Love is just not all that concerned with appropriateness.   

We have a mythology surrounding romantic love that says it’s a special, rare feeling, reserved for just a few people in your whole life. It says that love takes time to develop, and that the feelings you experience at the outset of a relationship are not love, but something else (“infatuation”, “a crush”, or my favorite, “twitterpation“ (see Bambi)). It also says that love is generally constant and reliable, and that falling in love is A MAJOR LIFE EVENT, about which SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!   

In summation, the plot of every romantic comedy: if you fall in love with somebody, you better go out and get ‘em - even if they’re already married and they don’t really like you and you’re their stepsister and you’re leaving for a six-year residency in Mongolia in the morning - because you’ll probably love them forever and you might not ever love anyone else.  We are so enamored with this idea that we tend to round some feelings up to love (when you first met the person you later married), and others down to not-love (your weekend fling with a Spanish dancer). The thing is, those experiences feel remarkably similar from the inside. READ MORE https://www.carsieblanton.com/blog/post/82149148832/casual-love