Carrie Zaruba: Debut Spotlight

Carrie Zaruba: Debut Spotlight

What made Baltimore native Carrie Zaruba so tough, so able to express her feelings in song? Maybe it comes from always being the last kid when your class had to line up in alphabetical order? Whatever it was, she is rising into the Country Music sky, bright, fast and impossible to ignore.

Her debut album, Woman on a Mission, announces her arrival with crunchy power guitar, sizzling Country fiddle and lyrics that bounce between heartbreak and fist-pumping pride.

Check out this video of Zaruba’s on air interview and performance with The Green Team Morning Show on WEIO-FM, 100.9 The Farm. (Skip to 3:23 to see her perform, acoustically, her song “Woman On A Mission.”)

Here is an episode of Zaruba’s Razzle Dazzle, where she offers style tips for budget-conscious women.

  1. Who is your musical hero? Van Morrison – Astral Weeks is one of the most important and inspiring records of all time and I was lucky enough to see him perform it live. His musicality and writing abilities are legendary and his music has undoubtedly shaped my life.
  2. Which song would you secretly love to cover? “Run To The Hills” by Iron Maiden
  3. What CD is in your stereo? My car CD player has MDMA by Madonna. I listen to it when I‘m heading out for the night – makes me dance in the driver’s seat!
  4. What book is on your nightstand? Currently, “The Ballad of Bob Dylan” by Daniel Mark Epstein (Dylan is another musical hero of mine).
  5. What do you sing in the shower? Depending on my mood…either “Gin & Juice” by Snoop Dogg or “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
  6. What’s your pet peeve? Definitely bad drivers – a turn signal is the hallmark of courteous driving.
  7. What song do you wish you had written? “Dead Flowers” by Miranda Lambert – brillant writing, period.
  8. What word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again? Gnarly. I call everything gnarly.
  9. What mode of transportation do you prefer? I love riding on trains – they rock me to sleep. And I like writing on a train – the scenery inspires me.
  10. What actor/actress would portray you in a biopic about your life? Emma Stone
  11. What moment in your life would you relive if you could? When I was 7, my best friend Jamie and I made up a dance to “Footloose.” It was summertime, and we danced all day and when it go dark, we put on the porch light and had our stage – our only audience was her dog Mugsy. He loved it! I still remember some of the steps!
  12. Do you have a lucky charm? A Rosary blessed by Pope John Paul II
  13. When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you? I’d like to be remembered as someone who stood up for my beliefs, was passionate about music and art and world issues. I’d like to be remembered for using music to make a positive difference, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Essentially, I’d simply like to be remembered.
  14. If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be? I would love to be a fashion magazine editor or a makeup artist.
  15. What was your greatest performance to date – and why? In college, I was the lead in the Opera Trouble in Tahiti, by Leonard Bernstein, and sang 10- 2 hour performances in five days. It was the most challenging and exhilarating time for me. Before that, I never thought I could be a lead in anything, much less Opera. It was incredible!
  16. What is your favorite food while on the road? Frech Fries! Even when they’re not that good, they’re great!
  17. What can you tell us about yourself that we’d never guess about you?  I love art and photography. I’m a huge fan of both Frida Khalo & recently discovered Francesca Woodman and I am obsessed.