|Born||Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative country, contemporary folk, trip hop, ambient, jazz|
|Labels||Geffen/DGC, Restless, Rykodisc, One Little Indian, Meta Records|
|Associated acts||The Golden Palominos, Hector Zazou, Graeme Revell, Bill Laswell|
|Website||Lori Carson's website|
|Guitar, piano, synthesizer, strings, brass|
Lori Carson (born 1958) is a singer/songwriter whose albums include Shelter (DGC-Geffen, 1990), Where it Goes, Everything I Touch Runs Wild (Restless Records, 1995, 1997) and Another Year (Blue Kitchen/United for Opportunity, 2012). A former member of the seminal band The Golden Palominos, she has contributed to soundtracks including Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, and Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead.
Carson began performing in the mid-eighties at Folk City, The Bitter End, and other clubs on or around Bleecker Street. She was signed to a development deal with Manhattan Records in 1987, and to a recording contract with Geffen Records in 1988.
Shelter, produced by Hal Willner, was released in 1990 to excellent reviews. It featured a duet with Gregg Allman. In support of the record, Carson toured as part of a trio (Rachelle Garnier on accordion and Paul Pimsler on guitar) opening for Joe Jackson in Canada and the US. In 1991, she was dropped from the label.
Playing a show in New York City later that year, Carson was approached by drummer/producer Anton Fier to collaborate on a new project that became 1992's This is How it Feels by The Golden Palominos. Pure by the Palominos was released the following year and featured Carson's song "Little Suicides". For a time it was hard to find a hipper band than the Golden Palominos.
Carson signed to Restless records in 1994, and Where it Goes (produced by Fier) was released in 1995. She toured extensively in support of the record, often accompanied by Paul Pimsler and cellist Jane Scarpantoni. Solo, she opened for the Counting Crows, facing their hit-hungry audiences with only an acoustic guitar. On tour in Asia, she learned that Bernardo Bertolucci wanted to license "You Won't Fall" for his film Stealing Beauty. She also received an offer to co-write a song for Katherine Bigelow's Strange Days with composer Graeme Revell.
Everything I Touch Runs Wild was released in 1997. Recorded in her New York City apartment, the record received great press. It made many top ten lists nationally and was named Record of the Year by the Long Island Village Voice.
In 1998, Carson moved from New York City to Seattle and recorded Stars with Layng Martine III and Joe Ferla co-producing. Released in 1999, it was her last record for Restless.
House in the Weeds, a lo-fi, limited edition of only two thousand copies, was made available in 2001. Rykodisc released Stolen Beauty, a compilation of Carson's film and TV contributions that year as well.
In 2002 Janet Rienstra of Meta Records asked Carson to compose a song-cycle that would work in the context of yoga or meditation. The Finest Thing was the result. Released by Meta in 2004, it was featured by NPR that summer on Echoes. One Little Indian picked it up for release in Europe in 2005.
Carson's most recent record is Another Year (Blue Kitchen Music/ United for Opportunity, 2012).
In June 2013 her debut novel, The Original 1982, was published by William Morrow/Harper Collins.
Carson was born on 2 March 1958, at Queens Hospital in New York, and grew up in Bethpage, Long Island. She has a younger brother and sister. Her mother Edith was a teacher. Her late father Marvin was an engineer who went to work on Wall Street. Carson graduated from Plainedge High School in North Massapequa, was a Fine Arts major at FIT in New York City, and attended Hunter College.
- 1990 – Shelter (DGC – Geffen)
- 1992 – This is How it Feels – Golden Palominos (Restless Records)
- 1993 – Pure – Golden Palominos (Restless)
- 1995 – Where it Goes (Restless)
- 1995 – Strange Days (soundtrack) – "Fall in the Light" with Graeme Revell
- 1996 – Myths of The World (compilation – Rienstra/Laswell)
- 1997 – Everything I Touch Runs Wild (Restless)
- 1999 – Intonarumori – All That Future (with Bernie Worrell) – Bill Laswell/Material (Palm)
- 1999 – Stars (Restless)
- 2001 – House in the Weeds (self-released)
- 2001 – Stolen Beauty (compilation – Rykodisc)
- 2001 – Crazy/Beautiful – "I Want to Believe You" with Paul Haslinger (soundtrack)
- 2001 – The Bellwether Project – Slang
- 2002 – More Talk About Tonight – Slang
- 2003 – Strong Currents – "In the Middle of the Night" with Hector Zazou (compilation)
- 2004 – The Finest Thing (Meta Records)
- 2012 – Another Year (Blue Kitchen/United for Opportunity)
Film and TV credits
- Strange Days – 1995
- Stealing Beauty – 1996
- Keys To Tulsa – 1996
- Grind – 1997
- Niagara, Niagara – 1997
- Broken Vessels – 1998
- Origin of the Species – 1998
- Simply Irresistible – 1999
- Waking the Dead – 2000
- Crazy/Beautiful – 2001
- Blue Car – 2002
- Pizza My Heart – 2005
- Childless – 2008
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek, Party of Five, Melrose Place, Baywatch, CSI: Miami, and Roswell
- Prato, Greg; Jurek, Thom. "Biography: Lori Carson". AMG. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- "Lori Carson". IMDB. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "Lori Carson". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "Joe Jackson Opening Acts". Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "Lori Carson". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- Woliver, Robbie (12 August 2001). "Singer-Songwriter Escapes the Rat Race, But Can Still Hear Her Muse". The New York Times. p. 9.
- "Picks and Pans Review: Everything I Touch Runs Wild". People Magazine. 12 May 1997.
- Brunner, Rob (4 April 1997). "Album Review: 'Everything I Touch Runs Wild'". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Essential Echoes". Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- "One Little Indian Store". Retrieved 9 April 2012.