Carsie Blanton's journey of self-discovery writing "Buck Up"

Carsie Blanton unapologetically airs out all of her dirty laundry, inner turmoils and interpretation of society on latest record, "Buck Up."

Photo by Jason Albus.

Blanton's sound refuses to be compartmentalized. The ten tracks are constructed from many genres of music from jazz, folk and rock. Her sultry vocals talking about socialism and feminism in a witty way is enough to make any conservative subconsciously bob their head along. Her dark humor shines through in her songwriting that ensues laughter and crying. Carsie Blanton makes music that matters.

So, what did she learn about herself writing this album?

This album came out in a maelstrom of worry and grief, some of it personal and some political. I experienced one of those moments in life where everything I had taken to be stable and reliable turned out to be built on quicksand, and I started to sink. I found myself inside a deeply uncomfortable paradigm shift; questioning American democracy, capitalism, my marriage, and the future (my own, the human race’s) all at once.

Luckily, because music (for me) is healing and joyful, the album didn’t come out particularly sad. In fact, I think the overall tone of Buck Up is hope and humor. It’s like I mentioned in the title track: “make ‘em laugh if you can’t lick ‘em.”

These songs are about the maelstrom itself (Twister), the feeling of being overwhelmed by emotions you can’t control (Desire), and wishing I could sleep until the President dies (Bed); but they’re also about self-pleasure on the New Jersey Turnpike (Jacket) and bad facial hair (Mustache).

This is the bright, silly, sexy album that came out of me in a very dark time. Its purpose, really, was to cheer me up. And it worked! Now I hope it does the same for somebody else. 

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