Photo by Aisha Golliher
It's going to be impossible for you not to become obsessed with Melissa Carper. She grew up listening to records by Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash. During her childhood she played in her family band, until attending the University of Nebraska on a music scholarship, where she discovered Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. She then travelled around, staying for periods of time in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, New Orleans, NYC, Austin, and Nashville.
Her latest single, "I Almost Forgot About You," is a perfect combination of her influences. It's classic country tinged with jazz and soul. Carper's voice is what is going to suck you in. It has a quiet power to it. Without belting it out, Carper will demand that you listen, and commands your attention. It has that timeless quality of classic country singers, and sounds like a blend of Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday.
Melissa Carper explains the new song:
“The idea for 'I Almost Forgot About You' came from a weekend in which I had a very good time and had managed to forget about a love interest that I had been obsessing about. When I got back home that phrase came to me, 'I Almost Forgot About You' and I realized I had a song there. I just kind of tied in the various lost loves of my life to come up with the rest. It came to me that way and in fact, this entire song had a nice easy flow with the way it all came. I like it when that happens, feels like you are getting help from the universe.”
You can listen to "I Almost Forgot About You" below. Daddy's Country Gold ("Daddy" is Carper's nickname among her bandmates) will be out March 19. You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Melissa Carper, check out the artist's website.