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Regina Carter: A Jazz Violinist Explores Her Southern Roots

Watch the renowned violinist perform songs from Southern Comfort in the Soundcheck studio.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Regina Carter performs in the Soundcheck studio. Regina Carter performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter's latest album, called Southern Comfort, started out as an exploration of her family tree -- an attempt to discover and interpret the folk songs that her grandfather, a coal miner in Alabama, perhaps would have heard during his lifetime. 

What resulted, however, is a deep and expansive look at how the Appalachians' blend of Irish and Scottish settlers, Native Americans and slaves combined to create the music that we today know as traditional Americana -- and, how that music has continued to evolve and inspire artists throughout our nation's history. 

After visiting the Library of Congress and listening to field recordings made by John Wesley Work III and Alan Lomax, Carter -- who has previously explored the jazz standards of her mother's youth and the music of the African diaspora -- narrowed down the pieces that caught her ear. The resulting album includes Cajun fiddle tunes like "Blues de Basile," gospel hymns like "I'm Going Home," and even a few more contemporary songs, like Hank Williams' "Honky Tonkin'." All performed, of course, in Carter's signature imaginative -- and always swinging -- style. 


Set List:

  • "See See Rider"
  • "I'm Going Home"
  • "Miner's Child"


Regina Carter

Comments [2]

Andrea Ferris-Grier from nyc

Saw her play at Birdland and she was awesome.

Apr. 14 2014 07:53 PM

lovely music,lovely person...

Apr. 06 2014 09:25 AM

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