Kendel Carson likes trucks (and boys that talk trash)

Kendel Carson's single "I Like Trucks" might just be the catchiest gal power, country tune to be issued since Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman." But while Wilson's ubiquitous hit had a slick gloss to it that probably didn't sit well with alt-country fans, Carson's ditty has a down-home feel to it that should resonate with folks more inclined to Kasey Chambers and Lucinda Williams.

But who is the young woman with the polka-dot dress and fiddle, inviting eyes and mysterious mouth? Well, she's a cowgirl by way of Canada, a classically-trained violinist in possession of a lived-in voice that belies her age of 22. Carson's debut CD Rearview Mirror Tears recently came out on the tiny imprint Train Wreck Records. My review of the LP will run in the April 25 — May 2 edition of CL.

For now, go to Carson's MySpace page and have fun with "I Like Trucks" and then let her melt your heart with "Gold in the Hills (Of Saltery Bay)."

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