MAGGIE CARSON (SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION) FREES “YOUR GHOST”,
THE FIRST SINGLE FROM HIS FIRST SOLO RECORDING, THE BLACK WAS SHINY
Brooklyn, NY. – After spending a decade on the road with Spirit Family Reunion, banjo player and singer Maggie Carson announces her first solo album, The darkness was glowing, and the release of the disc’s first single. The album, recorded in Rockaway Beach before the pandemic hit New York, is a collaboration between Carson, punk rock producer Matt Walsh and concept artist Or Zubalsky. The first taste of the record can be heard on the new single, “Your Ghost”. The song blends Carson’s roots-inspired songwriting and performance style with the rock ‘n’ roll and surf traditions of Rockaway Beach. “Your Ghost” is available now on all streaming platforms and will appear on the full vinyl record, which will be released on June 24, 2022.
Maggie Carson developed her musical persona on tour with Spirit Family Reunion, called a “rapid reboot of old-school folk music” by Rolling Stone. In 2019, Carson focused on developing her own voice: retaining the raw, vulnerable core of Appalachian music that makes singers like Ola Belle Reed so compelling, but backed by a minimalist rock band. Carson met producer Matt Walsh (The Forms, Wild Yaks, Sky Creature) who works at his recording studio in Rockaway Beach. Carson’s performance was transformed in this environment, incorporating the sound and attitude of punk, surf and early rock ‘n’ roll. Reviewing Carson’s “Your Ghost”, Glide Magazine described this mix of genres as “a fascinating explosion of modern Appalachia that’s both fresh and deeply rooted in American history.”
“This song emerged quickly and completely. Inspired by the structures and melodies of early music, the song is a daydream. A question. A moment of contemplation. Lush, spacious and airy,” says Carson. This is the first opportunity to hear his new interpretation of American roots music, developed over many years touring with his band Spirit Family Reunion and sharing the stages with Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Sharon Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band , Dr. Dog, The Felice Brothers, Alabama Shakes, The Deslondes and Trampled by the Turtles. Carson will celebrate the release of the record at Brooklyn Americana Fest on June 26, 2022.
The darkness was glowing was released on Rockaway Beach’s non-profit label, Open Ocean, in digital and vinyl formats, packaged in a stunning hand-screen printed sleeve. Pre-order here.
“Brooklyn-based Maggie Carson’s debut solo album is a mesmerizing blast of modern Appalachia that’s both fresh and deeply rooted in American history.” – Glisse Magazine
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