Just four months before traveling to sing in Switzerland, St. Louis native and recording artist Barbara Carr made a special guest appearance during this year’s Vandalia Area Fair on July 5.
Carr performed a selection of songs during “The Chuck Overton Experience” on day three of the fair after Overton, who resides in Vandalia, asked her to join him on a few songs.
“He’s such a dear friend and he plays his heart out,” Carr said of Overton.
“I enjoyed the festival. I enjoyed the people as I just never meet a stranger. And they knew much (about me) and that just put a big smile on my face even though it was hot.”
Carr showed off her signature voice for a variety of songs that featured her singing with Overton, Big Babe Martin, and “Smitty” Smith all together for the first time.
Overton told The Vandalia Leader that he hopes to have Carr back in Vandalia in the future when Lincoln School renovations are completed.
She is currently promoting her new CD “Keep the Fire Burning,” which is produced by Cat Food Records based in El Paso, Texas.
In November, Carr is performing in the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland.
On New Year’s Eve, Carr will sing in California at the Hollywood Casinos with blues singer Johnny Rawls.
During her career, Carr has performed on the same shows as legends Al Green and Etta James.
Others include the Miracles, Little Johnny Taylor, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Little Milton, Oliver Sain, Little Walter, Fifth Dimensions, and more.
She started her own record label called “Bar-Car” with her husband in the ‘80’s before launching her first full-length album called “Good Woman Go Bad.”
Some of the titles that have earned her a following include “What a Woman Wants,” “Stroke It,” “The Best Woman,” “On My Own,” “Talk to Me,” “Down Low Brother,” among others.