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by: Rick Carter

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(Prairie Eden Music)

Birmingham, Alabama, native Rick Carter’s Loveland counts as his first solo project. Carter started the group Telluride, and now plays in Rollin’ In The Hay as well as Frankie Velvet and the Mighty Veltones. Carter’s most recent group, The League of Legendary Artists conjures a diverse sound that augments rock, soul and R & B into these Loveland songs.

Carter earned a BAMA Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s been in the music business for forty years, and even toured nationally with Bob Dylan. Recorded in Birmingham, Loveland blends years of travel, songs and experience into these ten original compositions. The title track opens the disc. Carter’s vocal’s and musical inclinations remind one of a cross between Tony Joe White and John Hiatt.

“Really Any Day”, a mostly acoustic number, verifies that songwriting serves a Carter’s greatest strength. “Tequila Conversation” stands as one of Loveland’s strongest tracks. Carter’s soulful lyrics and heart-rending guitar twangs on this tune linger in the mind. “Feels Good to Me” contains a backwater ambience that would make Eddie Hinton proud. “It Don’t Matter Anymore” tells a tale of a hardworking fellow in grim times where the only redemption that exists is in the piano-driven fatback beat. “Right By Your Door” showcases Carter’s formidable guitar-playing skills.

“This Is What It Takes” inspires one to groove on the beat during this lighthearted rocker. “Goodbye Was The Last Thing That She Said” evokes timeless melancholy, and serves as another gem on Loveland. The final song, “God Take Care of Me” features an acoustic-gospel structured song that incorporates the ‘Loveland Choir’.  Loveland proves Rick Carter exists as one of the most versatile singers/songwriters out there right now...

James Calemine

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