One of the most influential violinists in modern music, the internationally renowned Regina Carter presents her newest project, Southern Comfort, which is currently on their debut tour. Also the name of her latest CD, due for release in March 2014, the project is a transition from her previous exploration of her African ancestry (the basis of her 2010 release, Reverse Thread) to her family history. She has traded the West African kora for a slide guitar and collected songs that recall her father’s roots in Alabama, creating a celebration of the joyous music that infused her early childhood as well as a vehicle to explore the complicated and sometimes difficult family histories which are a part of Southern culture. Carter emerged from the Detroit scene in the late 1980s and in 2006. Awarded a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, she has recorded with piano giant Kenny Barron and played with jazz luminaries Ray Brown, Marian McPartland, Wynton Marsalis, Randy Weston, and Cassandra Wilson as well as pop icons, Dolly Parton and Billy Joel. A “knockout violinist, she creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent, and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time Magazine). Southern Comfort is Regina Carter, violin; Marvin Sewell, guitar; Will Holshouser, accordion; Jesse Murphy, bass; and Alvester Garnett, drums.