Kendel Carson: Hotshot Canadian Fiddler Heads South
by John Oseid
Canadian singer and fiddler Kendel Carson is petite and squeaky-clean gorgeous, but she likes big trucks and dirty boys. Fine by me. The Alberta native announced her preferences recently at the Lower East Side hipster haven Living Room before launching into her jaunty bar tune "I Like Trucks" (the video has a fun homemade look). For all her moxie, the 24-year-old with the prairie-honed string skills is an enormously mature artist.
And she's in good hands with veteran songwriter/producer Chip Taylor, who backed her up on guitar to promote her new album Alright Dynamite. "I Don't Wanna Be Your Mother," with the wilting refrain "Brass ones, you don't got 'em," was a crowd pleaser, as was "Belt Buckle." Taylor and Carson also performed "I like Trucks" and the slow ballad "Ribbons and Bows" off Carson's 2007 debut album, Rearview Mirror Tears. As they wrapped up the night, Carson had her fiddle screaming on Taylor's classic hits "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing." Yes, that one, as in--"I think I looove you." (Bonus points if you can name Taylor's famous Hollywood brother.)
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