So Ferocious (2016)
Hot Night
Vim & Vigor
So Ferocious
Lovin is Easy
Ravenous
Fat & Happy
Scoundrel
To Be Known
The Animal I Am
Fever Dream
Azalea
Laziest Gal in Town
Heavenly Thing
Two Sleepy People
You Don't Know What Love Is
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Sweet Lorraine
Don't Come Too Soon
I'll Be Seeing You
Not Old, Not New
Under Your Thumb
Trigger Finger
Backbone
Smoke Alarm
Together Too Long
Backseat
Little Death
Lonely No More
Backbone
Idiot Heart
Chicken
All We Got
Honest Truth
Buoy
Itches and Tugs
Please
O, Gabriella
Money in the Bank
Two at a Time
Every Punch You Throw
Baby Can Dance
Crazy for Love
Promise
Anything At All
Ain't So Green
Don't Wanna Know
Everybody's All Alone
Take Me Along
Lovesick
Temporary Lapse
Time
Wedding Song
Willing To Fall
Redemption Blues

Hi, I’m Carsie. I make songs, records, videos, blog posts, and mischief.

I live in New Orleans, and I love all kinds of music: Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell; The Beatles to Erykah Badu; not to mention Nick Lowe, Tom Waits, Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. I love songs, but I hate genre. I think making music is like making love: if you only know one way to do it, you must not be very good at it.

I grew up in Luray, Virginia, and left home at sixteen. I’ve toured all over the US, Europe and Australia, with many of my songwriting heroes (Paul Simon, The Wood BrothersLoudon Wainwright III, The Weepies, Anais Mitchell). I write great songs, and I cover great songs that I love. I find four-leaf clovers. I fall in love a lot. I’ve been skydiving, but I've never been to high school.

I believe that music is more important than money. That's why all of my music is available to stream, download or purchase for any price you want. That's also why I release my music under a Creative Commons License. That said, I need money to live (and to keep creating!), so if you love my music, please consider becoming a patron.

Blanton’s music smolders with moxie.

Alexa Peters Kithfolk on So Ferocious

On August 2nd, New Orleans-based chanteuse Carsie Blanton welcomes a new album, So Ferocious. The cover art for the forthcoming album, a sketch of a mostly-naked Blanton cuddling with a large lion, embodies everything about Blanton that makes her worth writing about. A strong, sexy female with no issues speaking her mind and subverting the sexist tropes that often trap “chick singer-songwriters,” Blanton’s music smolders with moxie, combining the understated vocal quality of Billie Holiday with the folk-pop songwriting of artists like Anais Mitchell and Paul Simon.

"Don’t assume the music has to suffer for the message. Carsie Blanton makes fun music. It make you laugh, it makes you dance."

Song Spotters on So Ferocious

"Blanton is set to throw a brick through the Man’s corner office with her empowered feminist lyrics. Her new album entitled “So Ferocious” pretty much sums it up. But, don’t let the focus on revolutionizing societal structure make you assume the music has to suffer for the message. Carsie Blanton makes fun music. It make you laugh, it makes you dance. Sure, it makes you say “Screw you, world!” but so do so many of the real greats."

She’s not just a ferocious party girl, but a sensitive soul who can go bone-deep.

Carol Banks-Weber AXS on So Ferocious (out 8/2/16)

" With everything stressful and uber-serious going on in our lives, Carsie Blanton’s upcoming album So Ferocious is a most welcome distraction. The 10 songs on So Ferocious came from Blanton’s fertile imagination, full of quick-witted observations and an easy repartee that has endeared her to so many fans. This one proves she’s not just a ferocious party girl, but a sensitive soul who can go bone-deep."

Blanton sings with a captivating sweetness and an attitude that somehow manages to be simultaneously affable and brash.

Mayer Danzig Twangville on So Ferocious

Carsie Blanton’s hometown of New Orleans has always been something of a musical melting pot, producing a sound that is as diverse as it is distinctive. Yet while most will often think of cajun, old time jazz and blues when considering the New Orleans sound, Blanton creates a different kind of, well, gumbo. Her music settles in the pop realm, infused with jazz elements and even a little Broadway-style panache.

Blanton sings with a captivating sweetness and an attitude that somehow manages to be simultaneously affable and brash. Aside from the splendor of her voice, the former quality comes from the frequently lush and cheerful arrangements of some songs on So Ferocious

The flirty, unique vocals of Carsie Blanton, a Rebirth Brass Band sample, and Joseph Plowman’s expert walking bass informs the killer shunk of “Hot Night,” the opener on Carsie’s scrumptious new album So Ferocious.

Ralph Greco Short & Sweet NYC on So Ferocious

The flirty, unique vocals of Carsie Blanton, a Rebirth Brass Band sample, and Joseph Plowman’s expert walking bass informs the killer shunk of “Hot Night,” the opener on Carsie’s scrumptious new album So Ferocious... If you weren’t drawn into this woman’s world before, this killer last track is going to suck you in for sure. As I have before, when it comes to Carsie Blanton releases, I am recommending music to be sure. So Ferocious is so very good

Carsie Blanton has hit one out of the park.

Jess Righthand Washington Post on Idiot Heart

Carsie Blanton has hit one out of the park. The singer-songwriter's third album, "Idiot Heart," is funny. It's tender. It's cute. It's edgy. It's fresh. It's folksy without crossing into the realm of kitsch. The songs are clean, most with basic instrumentation and succinct arrangements, but each track bursts with its own pithy, poignant commentary on that ficklest of organs for which the album is named.

Carsie Blanton‘s sexy, enigmatic vocals are ideally suited to the American popular songbook.

Popmatters.com

Carsie Blanton‘s sexy, enigmatic vocals are ideally suited to the American popular songbook, a.k.a. pop music written for adults in the age before youth so thoroughly dominated popular culture. She treats each note like another flirtatious look towards the object of her affection as the lazy notes flutter down gently and easy.

Rarely does a little something sound both so inviting and this deep.

OffBeat Magazine on Not Old, Not New

It might seem counterintuitive for one of Americana’s best modern songwriters to take on the Great (Old) American Songbook, especially one who’s best known for moving between folk and rock, but since Blanton’s originals have always been teasingly playful about the war between the sexes, the battlefront in the sheets is a natural place for her to file a report. Rarely does a little something sound both so inviting and this deep.

So Ferocious is Carsie Blanton's best pop album yet...

Carol Weber AXS on So Ferocious

So Ferocious is Carsie Blanton's best pop album yet; it’s so many things, infectious and light, virile and tough, fragile and strong, yet throughout, empathic to the silent suffering and righteous connections we as humans almost accidentally experience.

Her sly wit and urbane imagery reminds me of a female Cole Porter.

John Oates (of Hall & Oates)

Carsie Blanton is a rare talent as a modern songwriter, her sly wit and urbane imagery reminds me of a female Cole Porter. She paints a vivid landscape with lyrics that are deceptively conversational and at the same time surprisingly perceptive for a relatively new artist. I'm really happy to know that classic songwriting is in good hands with Carsie Blanton.

In September, Carsie appeared on NPR's syndicated program Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. Hear the full interview here:

NPR's Song Travels

Smartly phrased, well-observed lyrics

Alex Rawls My Spilt Milk

[Rude Remarks & Dirty Jokes] reflects a strong, unabashed sense of self, one she backs up with smartly phrased, well-observed lyrics and songs that show them and her voice to their best advantage.

Her songs abound with swagger and flair.

Meyer Danzig Tawngville, June 2013

The ep’s title should give more than subtle hints as to Blanton’s attitude and verve. Her songs abound with swagger and flair. Best of all they just ooze fun.

Carsie's lyrics are an iron fist in the velvet glove of her voice.

Singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey