Singer/songwriter/guitarist Clarence Carter has overcome a good many obstacles in his 73 years, most of them by way of his natural musical gift. Born blind and raised in rural Alabama, Carter attended a school for the blind at age 6 and learned guitar at age 11 when his grandmother bought him one (and told him Santa would never have anything for him after that). He copied records by his Blues heroes Lightnin’ Hopkins, Jimmy Reed and John Lee Hooker, and ultimately earned a music degree from Alabama State University at a time when neither blacks nor the blind were common sights on any college campus.
Signed to Rick Hall’s Muscle Shoals-based Fame label, Carter got a crash course in songwriting, arranging and performance from some of the best in the business, and also began to fashion his own unique hybrid of gritty Blues and smooth R&B and Soul.
The Cincinnati Blues Festival takes over Music Hall at 8:30 p.m. with Clarence Carter, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Latimore, Floyd Taylor and Marvin Sease. $44-$50. Get Sound Advice here.