Wild Carrot to Release “Crowd Around The Mic” January 26 on Blue Jordan Records

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“(Wild Carrot’s new) collection is a whirlwind of Roots music forms, touching on Bluegrass, Country, swinging Jazz, Modern Folk and Celtic music — the original songs stand up remarkably well against the well-chosen covers — with a consistently masterful grace (and) flawless four-part harmonies. – Mike Breen, City Beat

“Wild Carrot has put out a great new CD that really captures how much fun they are live. More than just a folk band, these guys get it done live and you can hear their energy, versatility and honesty on this CD. Your listeners will thank you.” – John McGue, WNKU/Cincinnati

“Wild Carrot has a sound all their own, anchored in well-crafted songs, gorgeous vocals and mastery of guitar and mandolin. You can’t just have a taste of Wild Carrot. Slowly savor their contemporary folk rooted in tradition and know you’ll be coming back again and again.” – Jamie Anderson, Sing Out!

Vintage Guitar Magazine review coming in the April, 2010 issue

Two-time Cultural Ambassadors to South America with the U.S. State Department

Bringing their award-winning, refreshing and engaging live show to CD, Wild Carrot’s newest recording, Crowd Around the Mic, is due to be released on January 26th, 2010 and features Pam Temple and Spencer Funk in an intimate live concert setting with their Roots Band, Brenda Wolfersberger and Brandt Smith. Produced by fellow songwriter, Chris Collier, this recording showcases the joy and energy this quartet brings to their unique mix of American Roots music, allowing them to connect with an audience in an honest and energizing way.

Pam Temple and Spencer Funk of Wild Carrot met through music, married and began performing full-time together in 2000. They were quickly named “Best Folk Act” in their hometown of Cincinnati and have since crisscrossed the country pleasing audiences with their eclectic mix of award-winning original songs, traditional tunes, swing, blues and more, being chosen twice as the only U.S. Folk Act to serve as Cultural Ambassador to Chile, South America with the U.S. State Department. When they’re not performing, Spencer is also a respected guitar teacher and Pam, on-air music host of the American Roots program, The Front Porch, at local NPR affiliate 89.7FM WNKU.

Both with strong bluegrass backgrounds, Brandt Smith (vocals, Dobro and banjo) has recorded with Carrie Newcomer and played with Cincinnati’s acclaimed Comet Bluegrass Allstars before joining Wild Carrot’s Roots Band. On vocals and upright bass, Brenda Wolfersberger has performed with bluegrass maven Katie Laur and sings with the renowned MUSE Choir of Cincinnati.

The new CD from Wild Carrot and the Roots Band was truly grown from the ground, funded almost entirely by the audiences at these concerts and donations from fans.