Carolyn Fischer
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Carolyn Fischer

Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter


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Carolyn Fischer is a singer-songwriter known for pairing powerful, intelligent lyrics with layered arrangements of harmonies and acoustic instruments. She recently released her debut CD in Takoma Park, Maryland, with a concert sponsored by The Institute of Musical Traditions.

Simply stated, her songs are honest, drawing inspiration from life, work, and stories in the news. The title of her new CD, A Rumor in the Mill, is drawn from the first track, Donora, which tells the story of an environmental disaster that killed 20 people and sickened thousands when an air inversion trapped the smog from the local mills in this small Pennsylvania town in 1948. The song was inspired by the book When Smoke Ran Like Water, written by noted environmental epidemiologist and friend Devra Davis, who grew up in the town whose famous smog helped spur the clean-air movement in the U.S. Another track, "Dear Megan," is a letter to her best friend from the third grade, with whom she lost touch when Megan's family moved to California, written with the perspective of a little girl who still had tassels on her bike handles. "Feet of Clay" evokes the everyday human fallibility that becomes magnified in the media and the focus of modern voyeurism. Original, touching, and consequential stories are told with hauntingly beautiful vocals throughout A Rumor in the Mill; simple, driving production frames the songs so that the record plays like a photo album of candid photographs.

In this manner, her music reflects her itinerant nature and curiosity about the world, paired with a folk musician's love of storytelling. Having grown up on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line and the 49th parallel, her influences draw from an eclectic mix spanning the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, and Patsy Cline. She is currently based in the Washington, DC area, where she works on environmental policy, a calling that requires as much passion and nuance as her songwriting.

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