Song of the Day: Carrie Biell – Don’t You Blame Me

photo by Cathy Biell

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Don’t Blame Me by Carrie Biell from the self-released 2007 album When Your Feet Hit the Stars.

Carrie Biell – Don’t You Blame Me (MP3)
Influenced by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Neko Case, and Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Biell straddles the line between indie-rock and country. Her slow textured vocal delivery is akin to Jesse Sykes, Cat Power, and Mazzy Star. After one listen, all of this name dropping will appear less comparative and more complimetary. When Your Feet Hit the Stars, her 3rd release, benefits from the addition of multi-instrumentalist Steve Norman (pedal steel, dobro, banjo, electric guitar), adding layers without altering the intimate and personal tone of Biell’s previous output. Perhaps the most prevalent inspiration for this album and a great source of its power is Biell’s having grown up with two deaf parents. Her reaction, to dedicate her life to making beautiful music, and she is well on her way. Go to her MySpace page for a band profile and tour information.

photo by Melissa O’Hearn

Carrie Biell performs live on KEXP this Saturday at 6:30 pm on Audioasis, live from High Dive.

Listen in, or better yet, go check it out. The benefit event also features Emilia Sosa, The Kindness Kind, Jen Wood, and Danger Bird. All proceeds benefit Powerful Voices, which fosters adolescent girls’ development by providing programs and promoting social justice so girls can realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a better world.

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