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The Carper Family 5/7/13 + Video

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  • Date Recorded: May 7, 2013
  • Artist / Band: The Carper Family
  • Hosting Show: Back Country
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

The Carper Family is a musical trio of sisters, but the kind of sisters that were placed together by common experience and ambition, not necessarily birth.

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The members, Melissa Carper on upright bass, Beth Chrisman on fiddle and Jenn Miori on guitar, came together after each had established a reputation with other acts around Austin, Texas and established a residency at the Hole-in-the-Wall, one of the city's most famous watering holes. Their first album "Back When" was named Best Country Album by the 2012 Independent Music Awards.

They also have released "Come See Yer Ol' Daddy" and, earlier this year, "Old-Fashioned Gal" which was the source for all four songs in this session.

"Foolish Rambin' Man" is the country music of Texas dancehalls with its fiddle and jazzy rhythm guitar. The harmonies are tight and sound somewhat like The Secret Sisters or what the Everly Brothers might sound like with lots less testosterone.

"Precious Jewels" is a peppy two-step number that has such a nice melodic hook you may find yourself singing along before the song ends. "Old-Fashioned Gal" and "I've Tried" sound like they could have drifted over the tube radio in your grandmother's parlor.

The sound is thoroughly Texas Swing and is made for dancing. Even in your boots!

All photos by Kelsey McClure.

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