Regina Carter – Southern Comfort

May 23, 2014 / No Comments / Tags: Adam Rogers, Alvester Garnett, Chris Lightcap, Jesse Murphy, marvin sewell, regina carter, Sony Masterworks,, Will Holshouser

(Sony Masterworks)

On Southern Comfort, virtuoso violinst Regina Carter delves into her family tree to create a yet another great work inspired by folk music. The Alabama Appalachian mountains where she spent several summers with her grandmother, away from home in Detroit, brought Carter to an exploration of the musical culture. Carter immersed herself into traditional songs and field recordings of the region, some of which are incorporated into the production, to form this tremendous collection of music. The musicianship is top notch as with contributions from Marvin Sewell and Adam Rogers on guitars, Alvester Garnett on drums, Jesse Murphy and Chris Lightcap on bass, and Will Holshouser on accordion. The arrangements by Lightcap, Sewell, Holshouser, and Rogers, as well others by Laurence Hobgood, Xavier Davis and Stefon Harris create a fantastic foundation. The final product is simply beautiful and makes a strong case for Carter as one of the most creatively versatile musicians performing today.

Click to listen to a clip of “Honky Tonkin'”:

Tracks: Miner’s Child, Trampin’, Hickory Wind, Shoo-Rye, Blues de Basile, I’m Going Home, Honky Tonkin’,  Cornbread Crumbled in Gravy, See See Rider, I Moaned and I Moaned, Death Gave Mercy/Breakaway.