BY JOHN B. MOORE
Carsie Blanton has this chameleon-like ability to be just about everything to everyone. On her latest LP, she flaunts a distinctly original sound and style that can be flirty and dirty on one track (“That Boy”) and just minutes later turn out a beautifully-political and enlightened reflection (“American Kid”) and then transition to a sweet love song (“Harbor). Such is the charm of a Blanton record.
Slipping in and out of genres, from the jazzy opener to the Americana pop of the closing track, there is not a single song on Buck Up that doesn’t earn a right to be here. Over the course of the past 15 years or so, Blanton has managed to carve out a distinctly inventive sound that may draw subtle influences from folks like Nina Simone and John Prine but is still a remarkably individual voice.
The record is capped with the charming title track, a duet with Oliver Wood from the Wood Brothers, proving that that Buck Up has something to offer for just about everyone.
DOWNLOAD: “Jacket,” “Bed” and ‘Buck Up”