Maggie Carson - The Dark Was Aglow
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  • Maggie Carson - The Dark Was Aglow
  • Maggie Carson - The Dark Was Aglow

Maggie Carson - The Dark Was Aglow
$0.00 + Optional Donation ($30 suggested)

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Release Date


Release Show

06/26/2022 - Brooklyn Americana Fest

Maggie Carson has a voice that could stop a freight train. We've heard it over the decade she spent singing with her band Spirit Family Reunion, but her voice is at its most powerful on The Dark Was Aglow, her first solo effort. In spite of Carson’s long tenure in traditional American music, this album represents a bold departure from the genre. Can an old-time record be described as galactic? Maybe now it can. Carson’s voice soars above glacial landscapes of reverb-enhanced banjo, minimal-yet-sonorous drumming and shimmering tack piano and organ (played by Alex Tween of The Forms). The result is like nothing you've ever heard. Carson has excised the conventions, and replaced them with fresh perspectives, but she retains the raw, vulnerable core of Appalachian music that makes singers like Ola Belle Reed so compelling. It's exhilaratingly cosmic, passionately intimate, and simply goosebump-inducing.

Singer, songwriter and banjo player Maggie Carson was born and raised in New York City. Carson toured for a decade with her band, Spirit Family Reunion, and shared stages with Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Sharon Jones, toured with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. Dog, The Felice Brothers, Alabama Shakes, The Deslondes, and Trampled By Turtles. Spirit Family Reunion has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival, Central Park SummerStage, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Austin City Limits, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Tønder Festival, and Winnipeg Folk Festival, and was featured on Tiny Desk, and NPR Weekend Edition. While on tour, Carson began to develop her solo voice: throaty, unadorned, and more rock-n-roll. Combined with unorthodox banjo playing, her own blend of clawhammer and fingerpicking, her musical persona evolved into what one reviewer referred to as “its own center of gravity.” As a solo artist, Carson has shared stages with Nana Grizol and Wild Yaks.

Track Listing

  1. Your Ghost
  2. From Here To Anywhere
  3. In Time
  4. What You Want
  5. Here Among Us
  6. This Time I Know
  7. Tune Found You
  8. A Step Asway
  9. Waiting
  10. Who Put A Name To All This

Pressing Information

The Dark Was Aglow is issued in digital formats and on vinyl in a limited run of 500 with jackets hand screen printed in Rockaway Beach, NYC.


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