Carson Whitsett was in the top echelon of Hammond B3 organ
players; he played piano beautifully, and was a
songwriting-melody machine. Other than Rap and
Heavy Metal, there isn't any form of American
Popular music he didn't contribute to as a producer,
arranger, songwriter, or session musician.
In one role or another, he worked with many of the
late 20th centuryís most notable artists: Paul Simon,
Bobby "Blue" Bland, Conway Twitty, Wilson Pickett,
Jerry Butler, Janis Ian, B.B. King, Connie Francis,
The Staple Singers, Barbara Mandrell, Eddie Floyd,
Lorrie Morgan, Solomon Burke, Joe Cocker, Tony
Joe White, Patti Page, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton,
Etta James, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler,
Waylon Jennings, and Kathy Mattea, to name a few.
Carson and I were just 18 months apart, so I couldnít
imagine what life would be without him when he died
in 2007. As it turns out, I feel heís still close by, ready
with a quip, a pun, or a song for any occasion.
Growing up, Carsonís melodic piano improvisations
floated through our house. There was something
Joplin-esque about them, even Norman Rockwellian:
nostalgic, sentimental, jaunty, and wistful; Thatís why
this collection means so much to me. It sounds just
like home, a time magically recaptured when I listen
to this album. My son summed it up this way: We are
lucky and blessed that we can have Carson here with
us anytime we want, just by pushing play.
- Tim Whitsett