The Carper Family Performs Saturday Night at the Cactus Cafe
You’ve heard me ramble on, time and again, about how I have mad love and respect for “the ol’ school” music styles, especially anything in the country realm. What I love even more is the next generation of talented artists keeping it alive and introducing new – and younger – audiences to something they may not have been exposed to before. This is why Austin roots trio The Carper Family is high on my list of favorites.
Bassist Melissa Carper, guitarist Jenn Miori and fiddle player Beth Chrisman first performed together during a happy hour gig at the Hole In the Wall in 2009. By then, each was already a seasoned musician – they’d led their own bands and performed with some of the best musicians around, so it was understood that everyone was bringing something great to the table. And, as it turns out, it’s a match made in heaven. This collaboration is a fresh and refreshing allegiance of young talent with a great reverence for the artistry of old country, bluegrass and swing traditions. Of course, they absolutely kill on their exquisite three-part harmonies. Perhaps they may not be sisters by birth, but they truly are through song.
Don’t miss The Carper Family show Saturday night at the Cactus Cafe, located at 24th and Guadalupe in the Texas Union, on the UT campus. Doors open at 8 p.m. Austin classic country duo The Hems (featuring Dusty McClellan and Jamie Zanelotti) opens the show. Recommended.