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Bang Bang

by Tim Carter

New acoustic americana bluegrass folk. Featuring Alison Brown, Tim O'Brien, Casey Driessen, Tim Stafford, Jim Hurst, Matt Flinner, Rob Ickes and others.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cracks in the Floor
3:35 $0.99
2. I Can't Settle Down
2:49 $0.99
3. Chronical
6:13 $0.99
4. Where I Belong
4:35 $0.99
5. Dogpatch
2:39 $0.99
6. I'm King of the Hill
4:48 $0.99
7. Vassillie's Lullaby
3:40 $0.99
8. The Signs
3:41 $0.99
9. Into Carrowkeel
3:10 $0.99
10. Second Son
3:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tim Carter's been playing music for as long as he can remember. As a highly respected instrumentalist as well as accomplished engineer, Carter has seen both sides of the board and is a better musician for it. With one listen of his playing, there is never any doubt of his exceptional ability to convey a song to the listener both lyrically and musically and on his debut BANG BANG!, these qualities move front and center.

Influenced very early on by the strains of Appalachian bluegrass and folk music that surrounded him as a child growing up in North Carolina, Tim became obsessed with the banjo and spent many hours learning the different styles of great players. 'I started listening to bluegrass quite a bit when I was 15 years old and the banjo seemed to be shouting my name', he recalls. 'I listened to alot of british blues rockers for soul and feel'.

Tim also played in various bluegrass-folk bands while in college in Banner Elk, N.C. "I listened to quite a few British blues rockers in my teen years, even while learning to play the banjo and I still listen to that type of music a lot. I think much of my style comes from that," he says.

On BANG BANG!, Carter's first solo release, he pours his musical influences and his North Carolina heritage into each track and masterfully melds them together with some of the most celebrated names in bluegrass and acoustic music including Tim O'Brien, Alison Brown, Casey Driessen, Matt Flinner, Tim Stafford (Blue Highway), Jim Hurst, Rob Ickes (Blue Highway) and Ross Sermons. Brother and partner in The Carter Brothers Band, Danny Carter, also joins him for this rousing collection.


Alison Brown: GRAMMY winning banjoist
Tim Carter’s music reminds me of the things I love most about playing bluegrass. There’s a real joy in his playing and singing and a great love for the music, both its tradition and the fellowship that playing with others creates. I always enjoy the chance to be a part of Tim’s recording projects and “Bang Bang” is no exception. It’s a great album, filled with tasty playing and heart felt singing. Great job Timmy! Take a listen and enjoy.

Tony Trischka: Banjo Master
ok, he sings, picks and composes soulfully wonderfully and surrounds himself with the creme de la creme of musical cohorts....his playing is alternately sweet and driving, as the setting requires...his compositions add valuable new repertoire to the bluegrass and progressive canon...his banjoic ideas are sublimely crafted and, by the way, this music will stand the test of time and these tones should immediately find their way onto your turntable, cd player, i pod, hard drive, telephone, or other future media vehicle of the 22nd century.....
thanks for your music, tim....tt

Dave Higgs: Bluegrass Breakdown Radio Show
"It's all here: breathtaking shot-from-guns picking; fascinating and intelligently crafted originals; inspired singing and imaginative arrangements that are replete with extraordinary musicianship and melodic surprises. This powerful collection is propelled by Tim's trademark woody banjo tones, uncanny sense of adventure and endless soul. With his feet firmly planted in bluegrass, but with an ear cocked towards Celtic music and the blues, Tim deftly traverses, with poignancy and immediacy, the wide gulf between such disparate subjects as snake handling, wanderlust and a son's love for his father. With "Bang, Bang," he further entrenches himself as one of the genre's premier singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists."

Tim O'Brien: GRAMMY winning artist
Tim Carter cleans his collards on the rinse cycle of his washing machine, and he plugs his banjer into the sound system. It's just easier that way, and it still tastes and sounds the way you like it. Get with him and get comfortable because that's the way you want be. Wear your flip-flops to his gig in case there's glass in the parkin' lot, but you can listen to his new solo CD barefooted. Nice option

The 10 songs Carter put together stand out by virtue of their unique blend of simplicity and depth of feeling, capturing time, place and hearts with mastery. As syndicated radio host, Dave Higgs of Bluegrass Breakdown puts it, "Tim deftly traverses the wide gulf between such disparate subjects as snake handling, wanderlust and a son's love for his father. With "Bang, Bang," he further entrenches himself as one of the genre's premier singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists."

The instrumentation and musical arrangements perfectly complement Carter's earthy vocals. From the song titled 'Where I Belong', about his first time in Ireland to the sweet simplicity of Second Son,is about a son's remembrances of a father since passed, to the gentle tribute to Carter's old friend and musical mentor, Vassar Clements titled Vassillie's Lullaby, is a name that was written on the fingerboard of Vassar's fiddle and represented his name and his wife Millie's name together, Carter hits each piece with an emotional punch that the listener won't soon forget.

Carter continues to tour full-time with his brother Danny in the Carter Brothers Band, mixing his love of bluegrass with Danny's penchant for rock and blues. Their musical journey together and with their band, showcasing electric/acoustic, folk, rock, bluegrass and blues, continues filling venues across the country. But, it's Tim's venture into the solo spotlight that brings his musical versatility to the forefront. Playing numerous instruments on the album, including guitar, mandolin and his beloved banjo, writing or co-writing all 10 tracks and sitting behind the board, Carter's talents are ready to shine.



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Sam Upchurch

Totally awesome.. well crafted and incredibly played!!!
Every tune on this cd is a jewel.. the tones are clean, warm, and wrap around you like an old quilt. The musicianship is top notch with a bunch of GRAMMY pickers on it. This is a must have cd... Thanks Tim for sharing this work with the world.

Gary Gordon

Beautifully done, tonefull, all acoustic cd.
Tim's origional "Second Son" is a poignant and heartfelt tribute to his father. It immediately drew me in. Now, after travelling with this new record it's really coming alive with emotion and fine picking. Not virtuoso, hot rod pickin here, but tasteful team pickin. Check out brother Danny's work on "King of the Hill" or Tim O'Brien's duet on "I Can't Settle Down".
Bang Bang goes some different directions. It's fresh, origional and thoughtful. And it's still growin' on me!

Alex Counts

doesn't get better than this
Bottom line -- an incredible album. The quality and variety of instrumentalism is astounding. An improved version of 'Cracks in the Floor' (which was previously available in the Carter Brothers excellent album of the same name) starts off this CD, and then it goes into 'I Can't Settle Down' and 'Chronicle' -- the latter of which I was fortunate enough to hear Tim play in Key West earlier this year. This is one of my favorite instrumental cuts of all time. 'I'm King of the Hill' is super, with a slightly odd and surprising ending. Tim has a way with memorable lyrics that stick with you for months. My wife and I often talk about phrases he turns in his songs over dinner -- things like: "I've got memories of places I've never seen and never known. I look for signs in faces and try to find where I belong." Tim's song 'Second Son' about his father who died in 2004 (as mine did) is a very moving tribute and the perfect way to close out this gem of a CD that I am sure I will still be playing 30 years from now.

Joe Ross

... and 1/2...Innovative acoustic instrumentation bound to fresh & creative orig
Playing Time – 38:29 -- New acoustic musician Tim Carter is neither a conformist nor nonconformist. With music that is very agreeable to bluegrass enthusiasts, it also offers distinctive variations and surprises. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer can cover many musical moods from playful (“I Can’t Settle Down”) to reflective (“Chronicle”). Carter’s individuality is certainly enhanced by his collaboration with other talents known to have similar approaches to following their own muses -- Alison Brown (banjo), Tim O'Brien (mandolin, vocal), Casey Driessen (fiddle), Tim Stafford (guitar), Jim Hurst (guitar), Matt Flinner (mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Tim Lorsch (fiddle), and Ross Sermons (bass). Four cuts incorporate well-rendered percussion (Cracks in the Floor, Chronical, The Signs, Into Carrowkeel) courtesy of Mickey Grimm or Dann Sherrill.

While “Bang Bang” clearly has an instrumental emphasis and showcases Carter’s banjo, guitar and mandolin work, five of the original songs have vocals and may garnish more airtime from those deejays who downplay instrumental selections even though the project offers some explosive tunes like “Dogpatch.” There’s also a beautifully contemplative banjo/Dobro farewell song, “Vassillie’s Lullaby,” named for deceased fiddler Vassar Clements and his wife, Millie. Written in cooperation with Roberta Gordon, “I Can’t Settle Down” displays the up-tempo electric exuberance of a Carter/O’Brien vocal partnership. Another duet (written with Tim Stafford) was inspired by Carter’s first trip to Ireland and called “Where I Belong.”

Tim and his brother, Danny, sing about trading songs with locals at four in the morning, downing a few pints, and being recognized as the heart of an Irish band. Danny’s guitar work appears in their co-written knocked-down-and-busted blues number, “I’m King of the Hill.” Tim and Danny tour as part of The Carter Brothers Band. Tim’s vocals don’t seem to sit quite as comfortably in “The Signs,” an edgy piece inspired by snakehandling by certain Pentecostal sects in Appalachian churches. Like other Christian fundamentalists, serpent handlers' beliefs are rooted in a literal interpretation of the Bible found in Mark 16:18. The signs refer to those that follow believers and lead to individual salvation. The advice given exclaims, “Listen people to the chosen ones / cast out demons and speak in tongues / cleansed by the fire when the Father comes / that’s what the good book says.” Closing the album with a tribute to his father, “Second Son” is given a sparer setting with only Carter’s guitar, mandolin and vocalizing.

This is an impressive debut album from the young man who grew up in North Carolina enjoying both bluegrass banjo and British blues and rock. The CD participants’ teamwork is commendable, and the innovative acoustic instrumentation is all bound to fresh and creative originals. The tie that really binds “Bang Bang” is Tim Carter’s presence and confidence as someone who will definitely make a significant impact on the scene. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Sarah Burgess

Wow... I'm super impressed!!!
I've been listening to the Carter Brothers for a long time and this show's exactly why they have such a unique sound. Tim's approach to music is all his own.. beautiful tunes and musicianship..