Carter’s Chord

2010 Christmas Albums Extravaganza

December 2, 2010 // 14 Comments

Yay! Christmas time is here again!

This year, instead of writing about this year’s crop of Christmas projects individually, I’ve decided to round them up in one post in an effort to make sure I acknowledge all of them. Unless I’ve overlooked one, the only album that will be omitted from this roundup is Shelby Lynne’s Christmas album, which is super good/compelling and funky, so it deserves its own review and it will come as soon as I figure out how to write about it.

Let the fun begin!

Carter’s Chord, Christmas

As Toby Keith’s best discovery so far, Carter’s Chord is a talented sister duo that hasn’t yet gotten the success that they deserve. With only one digitally released studio album that has received criminally little attention, they’ve still managed to deliver a delightful 4-song EP that would be well worth adding to your Christmas collection.

2009 Christmas Singles Extravaganza!

December 8, 2009 // 24 Comments

TreeInstead of bombarding our readers with a million Christmas posts, we thought it would be more efficient to gather a bunch of 2009’s Christmas singles and provide a quick rundown in one post. So, in no particular order, here are my thoughts on this year’s Christmas singles.

Carter Twins, “Let It Snow” (Listen)

This brother duo treats this lightweight classic with an unimaginative contemporary production. It does not bring anything interesting to the table and is, mercifully, an all in all forgettable track.

Carters Chord, “O Come, O Come Emanuel” (Listen), & “Santa Baby” (Listen)

It’s a shame that the most talented act (besides Keith himself, of course) on Toby Keith’s Show Dog label has not gained any traction in the last couple of years. It seems that, so far, the only way Carters Chord will be heard is through digital downloads, as their very good 2008 studio album was only released in digital form. Likewise, they have just released a 2-song Christmas EP that contains a pretty version of “O Come, O Come Emanuel” and a sassy interpretation of “Santa Baby.” Both tracks are well produced with prominent dobro and acoustic guitar in the mixes. “Santa Baby” is less whimsical and more assertive than the original version. “O Come O Come Emanuel” is well sung with beautiful sister harmonies and very few vocal gymnastics.

Carter's Chord, "Young Love"

January 6, 2008 // 4 Comments

“Young Love” Carter’s Chord Songwriters: Scooter Carusoe, Hillary Lindsey & Aimee Mayo Listen     Accurately titled.   This has been done a million times before, most effectively in recent years by Deana Carter (“Strawberry Wine”), Trisha Yearwood (“Georgia Rain”) and Toby Keith (“Burnin’ Moonlight.”)   What made those records so wonderful was the added element of perspective, having enough distance from the actual event to fully process it. I feel about this song the same way I feel about Taylor Swift.    I think it’s music for teenagers.     Which is fine for those who find such experiences interesting, but I didn’t find it interesting when I was a teenager myself.   I’m certainly not interested now.    I look forward to hearing this band when they’re recording more adult-oriented material, as they have a pleasant sound with a lot of potential.    I just couldn’t find the subject Read More