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Special screening, special guests

March 15, 2011

Grammy-award-nominated singer songwriter/pianist and Pike County, PA native Vanessa Carlton may be focused on preparations for the June 21 release of her new album, “Rabbits on the Run.” But she’s not too busy to share what she does best at an upcoming event in Glen Spey, NY. Why? Because she cares about the issue and wants others to become informed.

That issue is natural gas drilling, and Carlton is hoping to increase awareness of the process and its impacts by performing at a special screening of the new documentary, “FRACK! The Movie.”

The event will take place on April 2 at Mountain View Manor in Glen Spey, NY, where Carlton will play a set featuring some of her established favorites as well as work from her new album, inspired by Richard Adams’ “Watership Down,” and Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time.”

Carlton’s fourth studio album was taped at the world-renowned Real World Studios in Box, England and was created in collaboration with legendary producer Steve Osborne (U2, B-52’s, KT Tunstall), Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket, and Ari Ingber.

Carlton became aware of gas drilling roughly a year-and-a-half ago, when she began reading about it in local papers and saw signs pop up on properties near her parents’ Pike County home. “My family home is sitting on the Marcellus Shale,” said Carlton. “This could be a disaster. It’s my home under attack.”
Carlton contends that “great love for this place where we live” is driving intensive regional activism on its behalf. “It’s a Wonderland here,” she said. “The peaceful woods, the pure water—it’s spiritual, meditative. I write music about it.”

While she maintains that America needs to develop its own energy sources, Carlton wants to see better regulations in place and a shift toward focusing on sustainable energy. “It’s time to close the Halliburton Loophole,” she said. “We need to pay attention and get this right. I hope people come to this event to learn more about the issue and to get the information they need.”

The event is being sponsored by Lumberland Concerned Citizens (LCC). “It’s a great opportunity to become better informed as a community, and will also provide a forum for refining our thoughts and actions as we move ahead with this important work,” said LCC director Peter Comstock.