Lo Carmen has a way with words, confessionary tones pervade her songs; equal parts rolling narratives, romantic rumination and restless, slow burning country soul. Using her gifts for wry lyricism and close to the bone observation, Carmen spins gold from playful twists of phrase, letting her lyrics and gilded vocals shine among the supernatural country arrangements.
Lovers Dreamers Fighters, her sixth solo album to date, written alone at night on the porch of a house she occupied in rural Georgia, demonstrates her singular ability to create timeless songs that soar and sway, dreamy ballads with hints of Muscle Shoals, wrapped in the silken strains of pedal steel guitar. Lovers Dreamers Fighters showcases the warm, shimmering intimacy and freewheeling vibe of Carmen's production, created with Grammy Award winning engineer David “Ferg” Ferguson(Sturgill Simpson, Johnny Cash, Jake Bugg) and a crack band of Nashville’s elite, joining forces with folk luminary Bonnie “Prince” Billy for duet ‘Sometimes It’s Hard’. Released on vinyl and digital platforms through her own label Chiquita Records late 2017, this collection of songs assures her own niche in the Americana firmament.
Clash Magazine described Lovers Dreamers Fighters as “divine… a real charmer… soaked in experience, in the kind of poetry that only comes from a life lived,” and Highway Queens proclaimed it ‘one of the most distinctive Americana albums of the year…achingly atmospheric … you can’t fail to be swept off your feet’. Glide magazine said of her sound, “Sultry vintage soul and cosmic country sounds …Carmen is simultaneously reflective and a storyteller”.
Since 2002, Carmen has released a string of critically acclaimed solo albums -- Everyone You Ever Knew (Is Coming Back To Haunt You)(2015), The Peach State EP (2013), It Walks Like Love (2009), Rock’n’Roll Tears(2007), Slight Delay(2004), and Born Funky Born Free(2002) -- as well as a 2013 collaboration with her father, fittingly entitled The Apple Don’t Fall Far From The Tree. Forming her first band, the Honky Tonk Angels, at age 20, she went on to perform with musicians from many of Australia’s most acclaimed combos –the Dirty Three, The Bad Seeds, the Holy Soul, the Mess Hall and The Cruel Sea in various combos, opening for a diverse array of artists (Mick Harvey, Secret Sisters, Handsome Family, Kinky Friedman, The Drones, Beasts of Bourbon), touring throughout Europe, Australia and the United States. She is currently based in Los Angeles.
Whether she performs alone, armed with nothing but her electric guitar and tambourine shoes, or with whichever musicians she feels compelled to surround herself with, Carmen’s songs are always center stage and the effect is never less than mesmerizing.
Atwood magazine may have summed her up best: “She taps into a universal truth to which we can all relate, exposing our most vulnerable parts....that’s the power of music and the magic of Lo Carmen.”
“Lo Carmen reaches the parts other songwriters can’t touch.... I put her on the same pedestal as Kris Kristofferson, Tom T., or Merle Haggard.”
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