What is your name? 
Lloyd Carter (The Lloyd Carter Band)

What is your genre of music?

Give us a little bio about you.
I’m just a simple guy that grew up in the country. Coming from a small town in Georgia, I found my passion for music at a young age. I tend to gravitate towards songs that speak to my emotions. A lover of traditional country music and all things romance. We have been busy working on my latest project – the recently released album titled, Nothing to Lose, which blends a classic country style with some newer elements.

What made you go into music? 
I’ve loved it all my life. My dad’s side of the family had a gospel quartet and my mom managed a couple of radio stations growing up. I’ve always loved music whether I was playing someone else’s or my own.

Are you signed? 
Not at the moment. We are independent, but we are entertaining some offers. 

You released your debut ‘Nothing to Lose’, tell us more about the album.
Well the single, “Nothing To Lose,” is about a fella from Tennessee that fell in love with beautiful Louisiana girl down on the bayou and is willing to leave everything back home just to be with her. We chose that as the title track for the album. My two writing partners Gary DiBenedetto, Henry McGill, and myself have been at this for a long time. We’ve making music for other people and now we’ve decided to put our project out. Having dreamt about this for years, a dream never chased will remain a dream so why not start running? 

What was the writing process like?
 Honestly, it’s my release. Tuesday night is writer’s night and I look forward to every evening with those guys. There’s nothing like pulling that notebook out or opening up notes on our phone to compare what we’ve come up with for the next collaboration. 

What was the recording process like?
It can be very repetitious at times, but there’s nothing like coming up with a line or a melody and seeing what develops with both. 

Who did you work with on the single?
Some of the finest musicians you could ask for Henry McGill (guitar), Jason Roller (guitar), Gary DiBenedetto (steel guitar), Steve Cummings (drums), and Mike Delk (bass).

Will we see a music video for any of the tracks? 
We have some live performances and three produced music videos on my Lloyd Carter Music YouTube channel. My first single released last year titled “Come Dance with Me” which is a R&B/ Country track. It’s very soulful. The guys and myself work really hard to try and bring the romance back to music. The second single I released titled “Autumn Leaves” is a haunting track about a man who lost a woman and he thinks of her “every year when Autumn leaves. “Nothing to Lose” is there as well, we released it in August and it’s such a fun song with blazing guitar licks. We set up in a small local bar with some of our closest friends and family there, turned the cameras on and rock ‘n’ roll!! It was such a fun experience to create that video. Actually, we’ve got enough produced videos to premier one every month for the remainder of 2020. With the COVID-19 squashing all the live performances we really focused on creating our video content. I hope folks enjoy the videos that we created. 

What else can we expect in 2020?
 We are really excited about our produced music videos that we’re going to premiere once a month through the end of 2020. We really pray folks enjoy those videos and love the music. I also have a few Facebook live shows scheduled, but we are so ready to get back to live one on one performances.

Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists? 
Yes, Colt Ford is on the track “It’s Friday Night.” It’s such a privilege to have him on this album and I’m so grateful for his friendship.  

Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
 I absolutely love collaborating with other artists. I’m a fan of so many classic and contemporary artists of all genres I wouldn’t know where to start. Lol They could reach out to me through social media or my website and let’s get to work!!!

Do you play any instruments? 
I played drums starting in high school and guitar. 

Who are your influences? 
Oh gosh I love so many, but if I had to narrow it down it would be some of the true storytellers of country music. Conway Twitty, Keith Whitley, and Kenny Rogers are some of my absolute favourites.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
 I get some of my best ideas from windshield time. Nothing like traveling on the highway with no distractions and running different lines back and forth in your head.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
 I get some of my best ideas from windshield time. Nothing like traveling on the highway with no distractions and running different lines back and forth in your head.

Where do you see yourself in five years? 
Hopefully alive and well, out on the road singing these song with the guys I wrote them with to people that want to hear them. 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
My wife and I have a little place out in the country with pecan trees, chickens, horses and donkey named Jack Daniel. Between them and our rescue dogs we stay pretty busy at home. 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Gosh there are so many, as I truly love so many genres of music. If I had to pick one it would be Kenny Roger’s “She Believes in Me.” I love the story in the song of a man out trying to make it. Playing his songs and paying his dues with the love of a woman holding down the home front. 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Be yourself and don’t let anyone change you. Being you makes you, so why would you want to be anyone else? Don’t give up and don’t listen to the noise of negativity. Keep pushing and keep doing it as long as it brings you joy you still win in the end.  

What quote or saying do you always stick by? 
My daddy used to say “Son, can’t never could cause he never tried.” How true it is, if you never try it’ll never happen. That’s some great words to live by. 

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
 My hometown is Lakeland, GA.and downtown is amazing with beautiful murals painted all over town of historic people from there. It’s really neat seeing the amazing paintings all done by hand. 

Your coming off tour.
1. Where do you go first? Home
2. Who do you see first? My Wife
3. What do you eat first? Any local BBQ restaurant that’s open

When you are at a gig, what are five things you cannot forget?
My wireless mic, couple bottles of water, an excited and positive attitude, my band, and a shot of bourbon. 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you? 

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