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Valerie Carter was an American singer-songwriter who had a successful career as a solo artist and "in-demand" guest artist. Beginning her career at singing in coffeehouses as a teenager, she eventually became one-third of a country-folk band "Howdy Moon". Though they debuted at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1974, their one album is now fairly obscure. It is notable, however, for the Carter-penned song "Cook With Honey", later a hit for Judy Collins, and for the introduction of Carter to Lowell George, who produced the next album. He would be a mentor to her till his death in 1979 and introduced her to Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and many of the artists she would work with throughout her career. Her first solo album, "Just A Stone's Throw Away" featured an impressive array of guests artists from the 1970's Southern California music scene. The album was well received and garnered favorable reviews and placed her as the opening act for the Eagles in Europe. Two years later she released another album "Wild Child" and began touring with various artists primarily James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt.
Carter then released another solo album "The Way It Is" with an incredible line-up of artists and musicians including Phoebe Snow, Lyle Lovett, Edwin McCain, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne. While the US gave little promotion to this record it has remained one of the greatest "rare" records out there. Japan released a limited edition of this CD as well with an additional song by Tom Snow. She followed two years later with EPs "Find a River." Japan re-released The Way It Is and Find A River as a special vinyl release in 2017. Valerie passed away on March 4, 2017 from cardiac arrest.