"They say that it takes 10 years to get your New Orleans passport," laughs jazz singer and guitarist Carsie Blanton.
"Until then, you're just a visitor."
Native or not, if there's one NoLA-based young lion that deserves more than a blip on the Cresent City's jazz radar, Carsie Blanton is it.
I mean, Carsie Blanton is her.
The young lioness has a voice that channels some of the greatest female singers, be they elder stateswomen such as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone or contemporaries like Nora Jones.
And her voice will make you melt, indeed, like the Cajun heat that comes from her adopted hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana.