Kendel Carson

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Kendel Carson
Kendel Carson.jpg
Kendel Carson plays on the CBC Plaza in Vancouver
Background information
Birth nameKendel Carson
Born1985 (age 32–33)
OriginCalgary, Alberta, Canada
InstrumentsFiddle, guitar
Years activec. 1998–present
LabelsTrain Wreck
Associated acts

Kendel Carson (born c. 1985) is a Canadian singer and fiddler. She performs with the folk music band The Paperboys, but is best known internationally as a roots/country solo artist. In late 2012, Carson joined band "The Beautiful Gypsies" with Alan Doyle, the band Doyle started after the dissolution of his long-standing "Great Big Sea." She continues to tour, perform, and record with Doyle and "The Beautiful Gypsies."

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Calgary, Alberta, and at the age of seven she moved with her family to Victoria, British Columbia. She started to play the violin at age three. She studied classical music, and at age twelve she and her brother Tyler Carson were regular soloists for a children’s concert series with the Victoria Symphony.[1] In 2003, she played with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.[2]

Along with her interest in classical music, she and her brother enjoyed other genres of music and they performed as buskers on the streets of Victoria. She once played an impromptu fiddle accompaniment for Spirit of the West. Following her stint with the Youth Orchestra, she joined the Celtic rock group The Paperboys in Vancouver on the strength of her experience with Spirit of the West.[1] She also performed with Spirit of the West at several shows in 2012 when regular member Geoffrey Kelly was ill.

Carson in November 2010

Later, at an outdoor concert with The Paperboys, she met Chip Taylor, the noted songwriter famous for such songs as "Angel of the Morning", and he became her mentor, musical partner, and producer. With Taylor, she has developed her vocal talents along with her fiddling. She records for Taylor’s Train Wreck Records, and they have performed together in North America and in Europe.[3]

Her first album with Taylor, Rearview Mirror Tears was named by Q Magazine as one of the five best roots albums of 2007. XM Radio declared it one of the top ten country albums of the year.[4]

She also records and performs with Stephanie Cadman and Miranda Mulholland in a country music trio called Belle Starr. For the past several years she has also performed with Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry. In 2013, she became a member of the Alan Doyle Band in support of his solo album Boy on Bridge (2012). Carson does not appear on the album itself.[5]

She lists Janis Joplin, Lucinda Williams, The Band, and Emmylou Harris among her many influences.[1]



  • Rearview Mirror Tears (debut, 2006)
  • Alright Dynamite (2009)

with Belle Starr[edit]

  • The Burning of Atlanta (EP, 2012)
  • Belle Starr (2013)[6]

with Outlaw Social[edit]

  • Penguin Eggs (EP, 2006)[7]
  • Dry Bones (2007)


  1. ^ a b c American Federation of Musicians, "Kendel Carson: Wide Open Spaces", International Musician, October 2009
  2. ^ National Youth Orchestra of Canada
  3. ^ Train Wreck Records
  4. ^ Liz Childers, "Kendel Carson Plays Second Fiddle to No One", American Songwriter, July 13, 2009
  5. ^, Credits for Boy on Bridge Accessed April 26, .
  6. ^ Belle Starr atalogue
  7. ^ "artist Outlaw Social". CBC Music. Canadian Broadcasting Organization. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2014.