Ham Jam House Concert

The Carper Family Band
08/03/2014, 02/28/2014, 11/20/2011 and 4/24/2011

The Carper Family Band, will play a fine acoustic concert Sunday, August 3rd, at 2:00 PM. Back home in Austin after a much-applauded stint on The Prarie Home Companion and a tour of Europe, we are in for a priviledged treat. Rarely can anyone playing at this level be heard totally unplugged and acoustic. Don't miss 'em!

The Carpers are three fine ladies that will kick out a performance of what I'd call '40s radio. Their music reminds me of the first radio tunes I sang along with as a 7-year-old riding in the back of my parent's car. It's old style country and blue-grassy at the same time. The strength and closeness of their vocal harmonies lays the foundation on which their superb instrumental work dances.

Each of the band members grew up playing music with their own families. By the time they created their own "family band", each had already led her own band and sat in with some of Austin's finest musicians. Now they combine their talents to create some serious magic!

The Players...
Melissa "Daddy" Carper, vocals & bass

Beth "Mama" Chrisman, vocals & fiddle

Jenn "Little Sister" Miori, vocals & guitar

A Message from the Carpers...
"We'd like to invite you to come out to a special show we'll be playing Friday, February 28th, part of Daren Appelt's Ham Jam House Concert Series. We've got lots of new tunes, and our new CD will be available there too! Daren's house has amazing acoustics, and is one of our favorite places to play."

The press...
"The Carper Family is my favorite Texas band, and I know my high opinion of them is shared by many. This three-woman group performs in a traditional acoustic style, and their repertoire combines great country tunes with truly excellent original material. Much of that original material comes from bass player Melissa Carper, the bandís main songwriter, whose songs range from the deeply moving to the profoundly quirky. Melissa, Beth and Jenn take turns singing lead. Each possesses a distinctive voice, and their threepart harmonies blend sweet-and-smooth with honkytonk for a gorgeous sound."
-- Gary Mortensen (Texas Swing Kings)

"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. The Riders added a fourth member several years back which allows a moment to catch oneís breath from time to time, but the Carpers are still doing it the hard way and doing it very well. 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)

Here's a video clip of the girls jammin' at Fiddler's Green Music Shop...

Doors open at 2:00 and the concert is 3:00 to 5:00.
$15 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!