Please view our most up-to-date COVID-19 guidelines before entering the show: http://www.tractortavern.com/tractor-covid-guidelines After the success of her critically-acclaimed 2021 release Daddy s Country Gold, Melissa Carper, dubbed HillBillie Holiday by friend and collaborator Chris Scruggs, was eager to get back in the studio. With co-producers Andrija Tokic (St. Paul s analog paradise The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, Carper assembled that same crew of magical music makers -- plus a few more -- to embark on her newest effort, Ramblin Soul, set for release November 18th via Thirty Tigers.Carpers deep, old-timey music roots were firmly planted as a child, playing upright bass and singing in her familys traveling country band in rural Nebraska. Her love of country classics was cultivated as she laid beneath the console listening to her parents record collection. Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and more became the soundtrack of her youth. When Carpers father gifted her a collection of Jimmie Rodgers recordings, she began to find her voice and calling as a songwriter.Carper attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a music scholarship, and spent much of her time in the music library, instinctively drawn to the great jazz classics and jazz vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. She also discovered Lead Belly, uncovering a deep well within when singing his songs. Carper stands firmly on the shoulders of American ramblers, crooners, and songsters -- the building blocks of her musical foundation.