Female Country and Bluegrass Trio “The Carper Family” Headlines June Artist-in-Residence at the Cactus Cafe
AUSTIN, Texas—May 24, 2012— Austin country and bluegrass trio “The Carper Family” is the June Artist in Residence, presented by Lone Star Beer, at Austin’s legendary listening room the Cactus Cafe.
“The Carper Family” will perform June 4, 11, 18 and 25. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Musical acts The Austin Steamers (June 4), The Atomic Duo (June 11), Brennen Leigh (June 18) and Cindy Cashdollar (June 25) will open for the band.
“The Carper Family” has brought together three of Austin’s most talented young country and bluegrass singers and pickers: Melissa Carper (vocals, bass), Beth Chrisman (vocals, fiddle), and Jenn Miori (vocals, guitar). Each grew up singing and playing music with their families.
Their collaboration blends three-part harmonies into country, old-time, bluegrass and swing tunes. Their boiled-down and intimate presentation highlights the quality of their united and solo voices, as well as draws out each player’s abilities with her accompanying instrument. In addition to bringing audiences their beautiful renditions of standards, “The Carper Family” also writes original songs that both honor and challenge the solid country traditions at the heart of their heart-felt sound.
The quarterly residency series is designed to continue the Cactus Cafe’s tradition of providing a platform for promising local talent to reach new audiences. This year, Lone Star Beer’s support helps promote the free concert series.
In addition to a weekly spotlight at the Cactus Cafe, artists-in-residence receive on-air exposure on KUT 90.5, KUT.org, in the form of the KUT Song of the Day and the Austin Music Minute, and through KUT’s social media channels.
“The Carper Family” is the fourth artist-in-residence at the Cactus Cafe. Previous artists-in-residence include David Ramirez, “Hello Wheels” and “Wood and Wire.”
The Cactus Cafe is an intimate live music performance venue with a national reputation for showcasing top local, regional, national and international acoustic music acts. Billboard magazine listed the Cactus as one of 15 “solidly respected, savvy clubs” nationwide “from which careers can be cut, that work with proven names and new faces.” Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith and Ani DiFranco are among the singer-songwriters who frequently played the Cactus Cafe early in their careers. In 2010, the Cactus Cafe and KUT 90.5 formed a partnership to continue and enhance operation of the iconic venue.