Blue Water Highway Band, Carsie Blanton

Blue Water Highway Band

Blue Water Highway runs just outside of Freeport up towards Galveston along the Texas Gulf Coast. This is the part of the world where the cultures of Texas and Louisiana collide in a unique melting pot steeped in the traditions of the people of both states. It is here, in the town of Lake Jackson, TX, that Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington became high school friends after Zack witnessed Greg playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man," and immediately enrolled in piano lessons himself. Their partnership included performing in musicals and local coffee shops, until the friends went their separate ways after high school. Greg headed to New York City to pursue a degree in music technology. Zack went to Texas State in San Marcos to study vocal performance, specifically opera. Soon, Zack was writing songs and sending them to his friend in New York. Finally, he coaxed Greg back to Texas to form the band he had been hearing in his head. Although they had landed in their adopted hometown of San Marcos, when it came time to name the band the first thing that came to mind was the landmark back home on the coast.
The two dubbed the band, Blue Water Highway Band, and began to create a sound as unique as the region they came from.

Finding the right group of people to complete the band came with its own set of challenges. Zack turned to Catherine Clark, a fellow opera singer, to complete the three part harmonies that the band would soon to be known for. Kyle James Smith was enlisted as the bassist and Zach Landreneau joined on keyboards, lap steel, guitar, accordion, and pretty much any other instrument you can think of. The band released a self-titled,six song, EP in 2013 and then followed that up with the full length LP “Things We Carry” in 2015. This album featured the single “Medicine Man” that quickly became the closing song in an increasingly popular live show.

The band tours across the US on a regular basis and continues to define themselves as a live act built on excellent musicianship, great songs, and that signature three part harmony that sets the band apart from their peers. They recently finished a new record that will be released in early 2018 with the producer known and Machine. The new record explores new sounds and musical landscapes while remaining true to their roots along the Blue Water Highway.

“impeccably catchy collection of coy songs about her sexual peccadillos” Robert Chrisgau
“her lyrics are sexy, witty and sharp” -The Chicago Tribune
“Carsie Blanton has hit one out the park.” -Washington Post

New Orleans based singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton has always been a little unorthodox. Raised on a commune in rural Virginia, Carsie never went to high school but was "unschooled” at home, until she left for the Oregon coast at the age of sixteen. She grew up listening to artists like Leonard Cohen and John Prine, and began taking piano lessons at age six. As Lilith Fair-era singer-songwriters like Sheryl Crow and Ani DiFranco emerged during her pre-teens, Carsie ditched the keys for a guitar and began writing songs. Before long, her voracious musical appetite led her to a lifelong love of jazz (Billie Holiday and Nina Simone), Motown (the Supremes and Sam Cooke), and songwriters from Duke Ellington to Tom Waits.

Carsie's latest release, So Ferocious, is a playful indie-pop record for smart, ferocious libertines. Blanton shows off her love for her hometown of New Orleans with brass bands and barroom piano, but blends in electronic instrumentation and environmental soundscapes to create an album that is both raw and playfully burlesque.


In addition to her music, Carsie has gained popularity for her blog (which tackles questions of love and sexuality) her music videos (which celebrate female empowerment, dance, and the city of New Orleans) and her card game, The F’ing Truth which has been featured on such podcasts as Dan Savage’s Savage Love, The Guys We Fucked and John Hodgman’s Judge John Hodgman.
Carsie has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, as a headliner and as support for Paul Simon, The Wood Brothers, The Weepies, Shawn Colvin, Marc Broussard.

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