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Fresh Tracks: Margo Cilker’s “I Remember Carolina”

Margo Cilker goes down memory lane in this standout track from her new album, “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” which came out earlier this month on Fluff & Gravy Records. “I Remember Carolina” is a dusty slice of bouncy roots-rock, with lyrics that unfold like a travelog of cross-country shenanigans.

With saloon piano and twangy pedal steel setting the mood, Cilker offers playful road-trip recounts, including catching a Bob Dylan show and having the “best burger in Texas.”

Things get crazy in Montana, as she sings: “Went on a bender in Bozeman, sobered up in Hamilton/Fell in love with a fisherman, but it was catch and release.” 

Like she did on her critically acclaimed debut record, “Pohorylle,” Cilker worked with producer Sera Cahoone and was backed by some top players, including Jenny Conlee-Drizos of the Decemberists, from the Pacific Northwest where she now resides.

Cilker will be on tour in support of the new album throughout the fall. She performs at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, N.C., on October 25 and the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., on October 26.

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