There's a 16-year-old girl living in all of us

Vanessa Carlton brings Casbah crowd more than "A Thousand Miles"

Carlton could create another pop hit, but these days she seems to prefer her creative freedom.
  • Carlton could create another pop hit, but these days she seems to prefer her creative freedom.

This concert was full of Vanessa Carlton fans, many of who didn’t realize that she has consistently produced music since her 14-year-old hit song “A Thousand Miles.”

Carlton's opener was the one-man band Skye Steele, who confessed he was originally from North County and a town he despised. The violinist had a pleasant, gravelly voice, but he was too subdued for the amped-up crowd eager for the main act.

"Operator"

...off of Vanessa Carlton's latest record, <em>Liberman</em>

...off of Vanessa Carlton's latest record, Liberman

As soon as she took the stage, Carlton was talkative, as she informed the crowd she’d been "mom drinking" beforehand (she recently had a baby). The audience learned how her brother was scarred by what he thought for years was an autobiographical tale of a girl losing her virginity in "White Houses" and how "A Thousand Miles" was a reminder that "there's a 16-year-old girl living in all of us!"

Most importantly, the quality and richness of Carlton’s voice hasn’t faltered. She can move a crowd with just her singing and a piano. I was only disappointed that she didn’t play “Ordinary Day,” her second-most popular single.

Carlton could create another pop hit, but these days she seems to prefer her creative freedom.

  • Concert: Vanessa Carlton and Skye Steele
  • Venue: Casbah
  • Date: January 24
  • Seats: Main space, back bench

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