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Lewis and Clark Tap Room

Melissa Carper

"People call me retro or throwback, and I've been OK with that," Melissa says. "But, I feel like I'm still creating something new. I'm taking styles and blending things in a way that maybe hasn't been done before. And, in the process, I'm evolving in my own way."

Melissa Carper
Melissa Carper

Time & Location

Aug 08, 2024, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Lewis and Clark Tap Room , 1535 Dodge Ave, Helena, MT 59601, USA

About The Event

Doors: 7 PM | Show: 8 PM

Tickets go on sale on May 16th @ 9 AM

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"I don't think you can get this sound unless it's borned in ya," said bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, when asked about what he called "old-time mountain music." When Melissa Carper heard those words, something jumped inside her. While staying in the country with a friend, she found an old DVD of Down From the Mountain, the documentary and concert film of the "O, Brother Where Art Thou'' soundtrack that featured this particular Stanley interview. She immediately jotted down "borned in ya" on a piece of paper. "I knew I had to write that song," she recalls.

In the Spring of 2023, Carper went back to East Nashville's Bomb Shelter — the same "analog wonderland" where she'd recorded Ramblin' Soul and its predecessor, Daddy's Country Gold, and enlisted the help of her trusted co-producers — Dennis Crouch and Andrija Tokic. "Borned In Ya" would become the title track of the new album, out July 19th via Mae Music/Thirty Tigers. Perhaps the most meaningful praise for Carper's music has come from the world-class musicians she's worked with onstage and in the studio. One is multi-instrumentalist Chris Scruggs. He's a veteran of Nashville's studio world, has played with influential roots-country-rockers BR-549, and currently tours as a member of Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives. Scruggs has been proud to contribute to Carper's albums, including her recent 'Borned In Ya' sessions. "She's as good as it gets," he said, "She has a quality that really transcends time and fashion." It was Scruggs who dubbed Carper "Hilbillie Holiday" — an admiring nod to her marriage of country and jazz vocal styles. " I stand by that," he said. "She can sing Hank Williams and then handle these old pop tunes, and the great thing is how natural she is — she doesn't even really change her delivery." Carper is eager for the release of Borned In Ya, and hopes it will resonate with fans of her earlier work while establishing an artistic step forward. "People call me retro or throwback, and I've been OK with that," she says. "But, I feel like I'm still creating something new. I'm taking styles and blending things in a way that maybe hasn't been done before. And, in the process, I'm evolving in my own way."

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