Song of the Day: Carter Tanton (of Tulsa) - Mass (Live on KEXP)


photo by Jim Beckmann

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 Morning Show host John Richards, is Mass by Carter Tanton (of Tulsa), as performed live in the studio 3/7/08.

Carter Tanton (of Tulsa) - Mass (Live on KEXP) (MP3)

Ever since Tulsa released their EP I was Submerged earlier this year, our obsession has not subsided. Imagine our joy when frontman Carter Tanton agreed to play in-studio the morning of the full band’s performance at Neumo’s in March. During the session, Tanton mentioned the countless time he spent performing in subway tunnels late at night, no doubt wowing any other buskers and certainly the commuters within earshot. What critics and fans are often quickest to point out concerning Tulsa is Tanton’s vocals. Minus the heavy distortion and reverb of the full Tulsa trio, Tanton’s vocals more than hold their own -- echoing with the dynamism of an added instrument. For further examples of this more stripped down sound, reference his 2005 solo record, Birds and Rain, and the Daytrotter session Tulsa recorded back in February. And while I can’t guarantee it, I certainly wouldn’t rule out a future solo effort from this young talent. Here he is, albeit with sub-par video, performing solo acoustic style:

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3 Comments

  1. Laurie Kinder
    Posted June 12, 2008 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Hey Carter Tanton did some new recording awhile back and John Richards played them immediately on the air. He covered a Carter Family song, anyone know the name? And where can I get more stuff of his?

    His voice is great?

  2. Posted June 12, 2008 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Here’s the setlist:

    Give Me Your Love And I’ll Give You Mine (Carter Family)
    Lungs (Townes Van Zandt)
    Get Back In The Line (The Kinks)
    Untitled
    Mass (Tulsa)

    The entire performance will soon be available to stream on NPR Music’s website (next week), and you’ll see that “Untitled” song again, I promise!

  3. L
    Posted July 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Your song “Tulsa” breaks my heart and makes me cry. LKC

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