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Regina Carter - Southern Comfort / Hartford Courant interview

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Digging into one's family history, violinist Regina Carter said, is not only worthwhile for musicians and artists. It's something everyone should do.

Carter, a prolific and well-known jazz violinist and a MacArthur Fellowship winner, devoted two previous albums to exploring her past: I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey, a collection of her mother's favorite early standards, released in 2006, and Reverse Thread, a trip through African musical styles that came out in 2010. Southern Comfort, her latest album and Sony Masterworks debut, released earlier this year, delves into music her paternal grandfather, an Alabama coal miner, might have known. READ THE FULL Hartford Courant INTERVIEW.