The bell-like purity of her voice is sonorous in its depth. A folklore scholar and co-creator of the Thackery Mountain Radio Hour (still going on Mississippi Public Radio), the woman knows from whence she sings, and the themes in her own songs both run and cut deep. "Paper Gown," about Susan Smith of Carolina drowning her sons, and Caroline's spin on "Fair and Tender Ladies" (in her version, it involves a nun, a poet, and an anti-lynching activist), are but two that show the strength and gravity that are a part of her trademark.
We talked about music some, but also about family and just being a person trying to marry and be married to both of those things, and just being awake and excited by the process of living and making music. She's a great woman and an important artist, and we're happy that she's back with another fine record, this time co-produced with Rich Brotherton, Lantana.