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  • Writer's pictureCHRIS FARLIE

LIVE REVIEW: C2C COUNTRY TO COUNTRY 2024 - CARTER FAITH - THE INDIGO

It would be Bob Harris himself who along with Radio 2 colleague Bobbi Pryor who would introduce Carter Faith to the Indigo Stage. She would open with "Hello London I cannot tell you how happy I am to be with you guys today along with my friend Tofer Brown" before revealing a culinary mishap that had befallen them both "You should not eat oysters here as we both have food poisoning" - They would therefore begin playing both sitting down on stools.


CARTER FAITH - C2C 2024

Musically things would start on more certain ground with Tofer's introduction to "Cowboy Forever". Carter would keep one hand clasped to the microphone stand throughout as if for support, as illness or not she laid down some sweet vocals, Tofer also chipping in on vocal duties for the chorus. It was one of the first songs that they wrote together that would follow. one that has gone on to become Carter's biggest so far, "Greener Pastures" with its chorus full of little delicate little vocal rises.


Carter like most arriving artists was pleasantly shocked at the hush of the attentive audiences as she played - she would introduce "Already Crazy" as being a little "Too true!", Her voice seemed to swirl around and fill the Indigo as the audience if anything became even more silent, engrossed in every word. A new song only 2 weeks old co written among others with Ashley Monroe, "Missing You", would see Carter become ever more expressive with her hand gestures reinforcing the intensity, especially in the choruses where the vocal volume built up the atmosphere.



CARTER FAITH - C2C 2024

By now the healing power of music, had given Carter sufficient faith to be able to stand, Tofer though showed no inclination to want to vacate his stool, saying it was best for us "all our sakes" that he stayed seated. it was one of the few occasions of the whole weekend where the different variations of English spoken by the UK and America came into play. as Carter came to the chorus of "Lasso" rhyming the title with "So" rather than "Sue" as is more common in the UK. Slow, brooding and full of atmosphere it grabbed the attention whatever the pronunciation.


The set would close out with a further two songs, first her new single "Late Bloomer", seemingly full of lines of self analysis. With a nice line in floral comparisons and a powerful delivery this was perfectly delivered. The final song of this illness struck set was "Man" dedicated to one special person who would feel the wrath of Carter's venom in each line of the lyrics -


"You made leaving come so naturally -

Loving you made a man out of me!"


A later set on The Barrelhouse Stage would see Carter put in an equally stunning set , if anything slightly better for having more time to settle her stomach.

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