Remembering Dave Carter

Former manager Lisa Lepine writes:

“Dave Carter had a vision one hot day, walking down NW 23rd Avenue on his way to New Renaissance Bookstore. His long dead Grandmother (the horse whisper one) came to him and said: “Dave, you get in the car and you go to Nashville.” (At this time Dave was in his early 40's and couldn’t shake this crazy idea about becoming a country western singer.)

So, being Dave, he sets out in his beat up Olds Cutlass with 150,000 miles on the odometer. Here is what he took on his Grail quest: No map. Old guitar. Songs. Terror. Sleeping bag. Poncho.

Truly a hero’s journey.

On the long drive he writes “Grand Prairie Texas,” which he plays along with “Long Black Road out of Tulsa Town” at the Blue Bird Cafe, Nashville legendary songwriter Mecca. During his first song, he suddenly becomes aware that all the songwriters in the room have fallen quiet and are focused on him. At the end there is a tremendous ovation and . . . a final vision.

Dave recalled: “I literally saw this mist and light come down all over me. It was grand empowerment. And I knew I was able to do it.”

Thus began a remarkable career.

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In memory of Dave Carter (1952-2002),
our beloved friend.
Dave will be greatly missed,
but we know that
his songs will live on.
Tracy will make sure of that.