Kim Carson and the Real Deal

  • 11:00am / April, 6th 2017
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    Abita Beer Stage


Kim Carson, local veteran of the New Orleans music scene, has been named “Best Country Artist” by OffBeat magazine eight times. Years of consistent touring helped make a name for Carson as the undisputed guardian of Louisiana honkytonk music. Growing up in Canyon, Texas and Oklahoma, and after doing a stint as a DJ, Carson took the performing songwriter plunge. After Hurricane Katrina, she moved to Texas to form the band Buffalo Speedway, eventually moving back to rebuild her house in New Orleans in 2008.

Enough Heart Left to Break is her tenth CD, and Carson feels it is her best. Carson describes it as “straight up Texas honky tonk with a dash of Louisiana spice.” You hear Cajun beats, accordion, harmonica and even some Tejano Spanish guitar. Carson wrote or co-wrote seven of the songs. Texas fiddle player and band leader Bobby Flores (no relation to Rosie) is featured on violin, viola, fiddle, gut string guitar, and harmony vocals. Flores is a first call session musician whose work is known internationally in a variety of genres.