After years of writing songs, forming bands, recording albums and touring all over the country, Melissa Carper has experienced a surge of interest in her work in recent years.

When asked about that surge, the Texas-based troubadour is matter-of-fact about the main reason behind it.

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at kpov.org. You can find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.

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