Road Trip Music: Indiana
“When I’m giving concerts I tell people I’m from Indiana and boy, that impresses them!” she says, laughing. “I think I have a very midwestern voice in my writing. And I have this great job where I get to travel all over, to see the desert in the southwest in spring and the autumn leaves change in New England, and then I get to come home to my dogs, my sweetheart, and my house in the woods here in southern Indiana. Sometimes I’ll come back from the road and set my guitars down and just walk straight out to the woods by my house and take a deep breath.”
That connectedness to the land comes out both in the mystical and in the funny sides of Newcomer’s work, and make no mistake, she does have a dry midwestern sense of humor which serves as a nice balance to the serious stuff. She’s been known to write about the perils of e mail gone astray, a night at the bowling alley, and the many crazy names of small town Indiana fairs, for example. She draws thoughtful lessons from her home landscape, too, including a song based on fishing trip with her dad and another inspired by geodes, those common southern Indiana rocks which are dusty on the outside and may reveal bright crystals within.
As the Great American Road Trip makes its way through Indiana, take a listen to Carrie Newcomer’s album Before & After. You’ll find it a fine companion for the journey.
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This is part of The Great American Road Trip, in which I’m partnering up with A Traveler’s Library to add musical ideas to the book and film suggestions for journeys through the regions of the United States which you’ll find there. Stop by and see what the Library has in mind to inspire travels through Indiana.
For more about the road trip (and a look at some great road songs) see Great American Road Trip: Music begins