THE CARPER FAMILY
"Check out the Carper Family. In spite of their youth, Melissa Carper (bass), Beth Chrisman (fiddle), and Jenn Miori (guitar) blend their voices immaculately, kick some shit when they have to, and write warm and enticing songs that sound like they were new 50 years ago."
-Jim Caligiuri, The Austin Chronicle
"That's the most infectious stuff I've ever heard!
-Bill Cody, WSM 650 AM, Nashville, TN
"Anyone who likes Hot Club of Cowtown will immediately engage with the small ensemble western swing and cowboy sound of the Carper Family. Bass player Melissa Carper has a penned a collection of strong original songs that work perfectly in their take on the retro-hip wave."
-Art Menius, No Depression
"The Carper Family illustrates the unfair, unreasonable amount of talent, and specifically female talent, that can be found in Austin, TX on any given night. And that is what The Carper Family does; they are a working, local band, playing many nights a week at various Austin venues. Back When proves that this local band deserves more national, and international attention." -Kyle Coroneos, Saving Country Music
"You can't get too much of The Carper Family; their retro style of music may not be unusual, but they certainly are." -Jim Blum, Folk Alley
"The Carper Family isn't a family by blood, though they sing like one. The three are talented instrumentalists and vocalists who play bluegrass, old-time country and swing in a style that recalls the tight acoustic ensembles of the 1920s and '30s but with exquisitely tight three-part vocals and original material. The result is a sound that's both old and new, a fresh recasting of music that combines the emotional directness of their musical forebears with contemporary subjects."
-Madison Searle, Texas Music Magazine
"The Carper family impresses me in much the same way that the Riders in the Sky did 30 odd years ago. I was impressed with the way that a small group could deliver such a complete sound. Everyone sang lead and was capable of perfectly blended harmonies, all the while supporting the vocals with instrumental backup, at times flashy and at times subtle, but always appropriate...Their range of material is most impressive for such a young group, reflecting the various influences of the members, but whatever the genre, it is represented authentically and authoritatively. The harmonies are spot on and the instrumentals always fit. I hope that their career trajectory matches that of the Riders. They have what it takes. "
-Tom Pittman (Austin Lounge Lizards, KUT Folkways host)
Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks (View)
100 West Main Street
Millheim, PA 16854
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|