MEET…Darci Carlson

I am very excited to have had the chance to interview Darci Carlson and to have our audience MEET her! For me, the most important thing is songs. You have to have good songs for me to want to listen to you because I listen to the same artists and songs over and over. Darci definitely has that songs, the voice and the production of a professional singer. THAT, folks, is what it takes to earn an audience. I know you’ll want to check out this badass singer as soon as you finish reading this interview!

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Tofu Bahn Mi with extra Jalapeno and extra pickled veggies. Hands down!

The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis because he’s a national treasure. And side note – Kinks over the Beatles always.

Lyrics to live by?
“You get what you put in, and people get what they deserve” -kid rock

“Desert Island” album?
Blackberry Smoke “like and arrow”. I listen to this record constantly when I’m driving through the desert on tour. I feel like that’s kinda like being stranded on a desert island but in a 80’s RV haha.

Which of all your songs best describes you?
Rat City Bound because I literally wrote it as a joke for my best friend Slone, whose like my older brother I never had. He said “ya know darc, you need to write more songs about all the crazy shit you’ve done”. I got drunk camping and I wrote this. It ended up coming out so good we put it as the first song on my latest record! And no matter what anyone thinks, it IS my true story!

What country music artists do you listen to the most? Which have the most influence on your music?
Hank Jr. Inspired me since I was a kid. His subject matter has Always spoken to me. And I know it’s not country, but ZZ Top is also a huge influence when it comes to “living my art” and reminds me to be larger than life. I really love Patsy Cline and how rowdy she was, I definitely identify with that.

How do you see country music evolving within 10 years?
It is becoming so popular! Cardi B and Post Malone rocking “nudie style” suits. I feel like Pop culture is really embracing it. Maybe it’s cause they’re so curious about this under ground culture that is so rich and true. Country hearts run deep and there really is an amazing family in this DIY movement, I only see it growing and becoming bigger and more successful within the next few years even. Hopefully I will soon be seeing my friend’s names in big neon lights!

Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
I jumped in with both feet and decided long ago this was the life I wanted to live. I already feel so proud of what I’ve accomplished, whether or not I find any further success, I’m still waking up and doing my thang and what I love for the rest of my life. This is the woman I grew up to become and I’m very happy with her. More records and more adventures!

Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
The god damn accordion and drums. Big time. They’re both complicated and I really admire those who can really wail on them.

What was the best advice you have received?
To not worry about what anyone else thinks of you, and if you don’t have haters, you ain’t doin’ it right.

What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
Never have a boyfriend in your band. It ain’t gonna work.

Where does most of your inspiration come from?
My parents. I’ve written many songs about them, from their perspective, and my admiration for them. They’ve been together since they were 13. On and off of course. But they have a great story. Youthful romance, adventure, loss, partying and badassery. My favorite thing my mom said recently is “I lost my virginity to your dad he owes me”. How is that not inspiring for a song? Haha!

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
Winning the Ameripolitan Music Outlaw Female of The Year in 2017 was a really big deal for me. Mainly because I had been working so hard, and being nominated for three years, I felt like I was being validated and acknowledged for accomplishing something great. So often as a musician, it’s a pretty thankless job (minus being on stage). It’s countless hours of rehearsing, writing, recording, creating, spending, being broke, fighting against the odds, and pushing forward. For a very talented group of folks from Texas to acknowledge and accept me really meant a lot. I never set out to be a top “Outlaw country” Artist. But that’s what they coined me. And it felt really good for such an amazing group of people to want to include me.

What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
I’m writing and recording more music, traveling and dreaming up big things! Keep and eye out for me in a town near you! I can’t wait to see where this crazy road takes me.

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