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Carter Brothers Fan Club Blog

Guest Blog by Gail Hardy: Musicians Pitching In, Carter Bros Style

Created: Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Earlier this week, the Carter Brothers duo (aka, "our heroes") began a week of performances in Key West.  Long-time fan Gail Hardy, a semi-retired nurse practitioner and long-time fan of the band, went to hear them play and watched an amazing and unexpected situation develop.  Below she writes about what took place.

Monday night, August 25th, was the beginning of a week at the Hog's Breath Saloon here in Key West with Danny and Tim Carter for the mid shift. But Danny wasn't feeling well, with his blood sugar out of control and just dealing with the heat here.

New "Live Music Blog" Launched

Created: Wednesday, 13 August 2014

For better or worse, I have just launched a new blog about my love of music, especially live music in intimate venues, that was inspired by my seeing the Carter Brothers play in Key West in January 2007.  I write on this blog about my adventures with the Carter Brothers, and on the new blog about my lives music experiences with other bands.  I will occasionally cross post.  Or something.  

The Best Set -- Ever !

Created: Thursday, 12 June 2014

It’s been 48 hours since my last blog from Key West, and what a 48 hours it has been! keyr west june 2014 danny

Several fans began the day listening to the smoothing sounds of my friend Joel Nelson playing his acoustic solo gig at the Hog’s Breath, which he does every Tuesday through Thursday, 1-5pm.  His performance marked the re-entry of the “Lime in the Coconut Dancers” to Key West after a five month hiatus. 

Joel Nelson, "Pretty Polly" & Two Bad Dudes

Created: Saturday, 21 June 2014

It has been almost a week since the Carter Brothers finished up their incredible week in Key West.  The only day that was even a bit sour for me was Thursday, which I will write about briefly now.

joel with wigThe day began nicely.  As often happens when our heroes are in town, a bunch of us had lunch at the Hog’s Breath while Joel Nelson was playing an solo acoustic set, as he does every Tuesday through Thursday year round, 1pm-5pm.  Tim and Danny joined me, and later many others.  Gail Hardy, Cindy Walker and I reprised our roles as the “Lime in the Coconut Dancers” in full costume– much to the amusement of the tourists who probably thought we were paid performers, or something.   After a break, Joel put one of our grass skirts on his head, serving as a wild wig, and well … you get the idea. keyr west june 2014 nancy

Our big table enjoyed Joe’s original tunes as well as covers of great songs by James Taylor, Van Morrison, and Paul Cotton.  Later that night, I was chatting with Joel and he turned serious for a moment, saying how much he enjoyed the attentive and appreciative crowd.  Which reminded me one more time that anyone can make a musician’s day just be listening, applauding and saying “thank you” to those who entertain us.

Anyway, the Carter Brothers Band got going with a strong bunch of Danny’s songs at 10:15pm, and once again showed their versatility by playing a song they had not performed all week, and perhaps in years: the “murder ballad” Pretty Polly off of their “Cracks in the Floor” album.  The only other time I had heard them sing that live was at a workshop on vocal harmonies in Ireland that Joan Robbins and I snuck into.  At one point in Ireland, Danny had forgotten how a verse started and Tim leaned over and said, “It’s the ‘stabbed her through the heart part’.”  But this time, it was Tim who struggled with a few of the lyrics (very unusual for him), though overall it was a great rendition.

Somewhere during the second set, two guys came into the Hog's Breath.  One was pretty darned drunk, and the other less so. They began approaching and groping the ladies in our fan club group with increasing urgency and obnoxiousness as the evening wore on.  Fortunately, a fair number of the women in our group are rather tall and/or know how to handle themselves pretty well when men misbehave.  But at some point we all had seen enough of this, and the guys began to form a protective circle around our womenfolk and, thankfully, the two dudes backed off.  Still, having to deal with these guys had the effect of spoiling the fun a bit, despite the great music.

We ended the night once again having an after-party at "Tattoes and Scars Saloon" near Sloppy Joe's, which has the advantages of air conditioning -- it was HOT last week ! -- as well as proximity to the Hog's Breath, good pizza, and the band house.  

Permit me to get on my soapbox for a moment.  Guys, it’s a free country so you can basically say what you want to anyone who will listen.  But apart from shaking hands and undertaking choreographed dance moves (such as in swing or salsa), keep your frickin’ hands to yourselves unless a lady clearly encourages you to behave otherwise.  

Now that I have Thursday out of my system, it will be fun to turn to the last three days with the Carter Brothers, which were some of the most enjoyable days of my life.  Stay tuned….


A Big Week in Key West Begins

Created: Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Carter Brothers are back in Key West after a five month break – and just in the nick of time!

A big delegation of fans from around the country is coming this week to enjoy our heroes’ music and also to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my wedding to Emily Counts and Cindy Carter's birthday. But more about the anniversary later this week.

The Community the Carter Bros Created

Created: Friday, 20 June 2014

The following is my preamble to the renewal vows my wife Emily and I exchanged at a party held in Key West on Friday, June 13, 2014, which was attended by all members of the Carter Brothers Band and dozens of other friends and fans of the band. 

Before Emily and I exchange renewal vows, I’d like to say a few words to those of you gathered here today.

The origin of this celebration is the surprise 19th anniversary party our friends Donna and Joel Nelson, Steve Mellette and others organized for us last year at this time.  Caffeine Carl was playing at the Smokin’ Tuna that night and in addition to playing great, which he always does, he played along with the anniversary theme, for which we were, and are, grateful.  So, we thought that this year, we should turn the tables and throw a party for our 

A Magical Day of Matrimony and Music

Created: Friday, 09 May 2014

At some point, as Tim and Cindy Carter’s wedding date approached, it occurred to me that there might be a musical performance as part of the festivities.  As a music-lover who especially relishes hearing the Carter Brothers and musicians they associate with, I tried not to get my hopes up too high.  But when, in the half hour before the simple, powerful and beautiful service took place in a converted barn near Boone, NC, anyone who was paying attention could see more and more instruments being unpacked and put off to the side.  Looking good!


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