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Carson Whitsett was in the top echelon of Hammond B3 organ players; he played piano beautifully, and was a songwriting-melody machine. Other than Rap and

Heavy Metal, there isn't any form of American

Popular music he didn't contribute to as a producer,

arranger, songwriter, or session musician.

 

In one role or another, he worked with many of the

late 20th centuryís most notable artists: Paul Simon,

Bobby "Blue" Bland, Conway Twitty, Wilson Pickett,

Jerry Butler, Janis Ian, B.B. King, Connie Francis,

The Staple Singers, Barbara Mandrell, Eddie Floyd,

Lorrie Morgan, Solomon Burke, Joe Cocker, Tony

Joe White, Patti Page, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton,

Etta James, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler,

Waylon Jennings, and Kathy Mattea, to name a few.

 

Carson and I were just 18 months apart, so I couldnít

imagine what life would be without him when he died

in 2007. As it turns out, I feel heís still close by, ready

with a quip, a pun, or a song for any occasion.

 

Growing up, Carsonís melodic piano improvisations

floated through our house. There was something

Joplin-esque about them, even Norman Rockwellian:

nostalgic, sentimental, jaunty, and wistful; Thatís why

this collection means so much to me. It sounds just

like home, a time magically recaptured when I listen

to this album. My son summed it up this way: We are

lucky and blessed that we can have Carson here with

us anytime we want, just by pushing play.

 

- Tim Whitsett

 

 


 

WHEN A MOMENT BECOMES A MEMORY

AT PEACE

MY MOTHERíS MINUET

NINETY YEARS AGO

SUNDAYS BACK HOME

RAG MAN

A MINOR MEDITATION

BLESSED

FALL WIND

FIRST SNOW

WATERFORD WALTZ

THE OLD PLACE

   

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