By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
Cort Carpenter isn’t a name that rings a bell to the majority of country music fans, at least not yet.
But that could be changing soon.
The aspiring young artist from Longview, Wash., made the move to Nashville several weeks ago in hopes of catching the right person’s attention to kick start his career. However, until then, the 26-year-old has been playing shows at a Nashville establishment and surrounding areas. Tonight, Cullman residents will have a chance to hear what Carpenter has to offer during a show at the Cullman Elks Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. A small meet and greet will be held an hour before the show. The cost is $10.
“After hearing him perform, This is going to be one of the best bands Cullman has had in a long time,” organizer Gwen Parker said. “I would hate for anyone to miss it. It’s going to be a great opportunity.”
The music industry wasn’t a career path Carpenter had originally planned to take. Coming from an athletic family, and being a three-sport athlete out of high school, Carpenter had aspirations of one day making it in the big leagues. And it looked as though that might happen. As a stud third baseman and power hitter at Kelso High School, Carpenter was recruited to play collegiate ball at Lower Columbia College in his hometown. He finished at the University of Portland and was offered a chance of possibly playing professional baseball. However, a car accident changed that.
“It was a big whiplash thing,” Carpenter said. “My back was jerked around enough that following it, I couldn’t get the torque and the swing I needed to continue. It was devastating.”
He then decided to turn to his other passion, music, and give it a try.
“Music kind of healed me through all of that,” he said. “So I just kind of took it and ran with it.”
It was then Carpenter began to play local shows in the Northwest and Southern California area before deciding recently to make the next big step and move to Nashville.
“It’s the place I felt like I needed to be,” Carpenter said.
Though he hasn’t signed with any record label yet, he added he’s currently in talks with a couple of companies that are interested in moving along with him. He hopes to start work on an extended play, or EP album this winter.
“People have been responding well,” Carpenter said. “I’m looking forward to getting to Cullman and playing for you guys.”
Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org