Raised in the Appalachian foothills of Anthracite coal country, Pennsylvania, JB Boxter’s soul-infused Americana is rich with the imagery of his dying hometown. The sounds of the Grateful Dead and The Band that emanated from his father’s construction site radio served as early musical influences, combining later with the singer-songwriter sensibilities of Jeff Buckley and Ben Harper he would spend his formative years obsessing over.
“Carter”, a stripped-down three song EP, was recorded in the assembly hall of an inner-city Durham, North Carolina elementary school. Songwriter and guitarist Reed Turchi and Boxter huddled around a Shure SM58 microphone and a handheld digital field recorder, playing each track live as a torrential rainstorm raged outside. Mistakes and vocal hiccups remain intact, adding to the character of the recordings. The cavernous reverb comes only from the room itself, as Turchi passed over using plugins and expensive effects in the name of authenticity.
As Eric Miller of 98.3 The Penguin FM in Wilmington, NC so elegantly and graciously stated about the album, “There’s something absolutely beautiful about the simplicity of music.”