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JPR Live Session: Melissa Carper

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Melissa Carper and Doug Strahan live at JPR

Raised in Arkansas, Melissa Carper got her start playing bass in her family band as a kid. Now in Texas, she plays a wide variety of retro Americana ranging from country and Texas swing to early jazz.

Melissa Carper and guitarist Doug Strahan joined us on the West Coast leg of her tour in support of her latest release, Ramblin' Soul.

“Not unlike Loretta Lynn, Melissa Carper is giving us scenes and stories and vignettes that kind of play out between home and the honky-tonk.” - NPR

“Melissa Carper is one of the greatest classic golden era country singers and composers of this generation. A new batch of songs from Melissa Carper is something to smile and rub your hands together about like waiting for permission to cut into an apple pie.” - Saving Country Music

Hear her play songs from the new album and talk about her life and career in a JPR Live Session.

This JPR Live Session is made possible with support from The Talent Club - presenting live music in a casual atmosphere in downtown Talent, Oregon. Find their event schedule at talentclublive.com

Dave Jackson curates the music on JPR's Rhythm and News Service, manages music staff and hosts Open Air, JPR's hand-picked house blend of music, JPR Live Sessions and Open Air Amplified. The exploration of music has been one of his lifelong passions.