CARSON MCHONE (USA)
24th October 2018
Carson McHone/Nine Mile Records
“The immediate maturity, the boundless humility, the deep respect — the deceptive hooks, the tuneful melodies, the knowing sideways smiles” – Indie30.
“In the singer-songwriter world we’re always being self-deprecating and saying ‘Ok, well here’s another sad song’. I’ve been criticised before for that. Not necessarily for the craft, but for sort of wallowing in something bleak. I think artists do that sometimes. They sort of dig for something that’s in them. I hope that it touches on the fact that if you ignore those sorts of dark corners in your life that you see or that you experience and you don’t admit to them, it can be worse. If you can be empathetic to somebody else’s sadness and darkness, it’s actually helpful.” Carson McHone on ‘Sad’, Wide Open Country 26/10/18.
“The ongoing battle over the soul of country music seems like a necessary activity that tends to overstate the danger that commercialism poses. Time and time again, country music has demonstrated its ability to absorb folk, rock, country-rock, schlock, disco, patriotism and regionalism, and young singers continue to discover new ways to syncretize the music of Williams and Wells with pop without pandering to the let’s-save-country ideologues. Hailing from ostentatious Austin, Texas, singer Carson McHone is a young country singer who expresses herself through the form while avoiding the formalism that etiolates the work of many country purists.” Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene.