valerie

The female west coast voice…

Possessing a voice at once adept at soul, rock, pop, and folk, Valerie Carter has had a successful career as a solo artist and in-demand backup singer. Beginning her career singing in coffee houses as a teenager, she eventually became one third of the short-lived country-folk band Howdy Moon. Though they debuted at the legendary Troubador in Los Angeles in 1974, their one album is now fairly obscure. It is notable, however, for the Carter-penned song “Cook With Honey,” later a minor hit for Judy Collins, and for the introduction of Carter to Lowell George, who produced the album. He would be a mentor to her till his death in 1979 and introduce her to Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and many other artists she would work with throughout her career.

Her first solo album, Just a Stone’s Throw Away, featured an impressive array of guest artists from the 1970s Southern California music scene. The album was well-received and garnered favorable reviews, plus an opening slot for the Eagles in Europe. Though she released another album, Wild Child, two years later, she had all but dropped out of the music business by the early ’80s.

By the end of the decade she had returned, focusing primarily on singing backup on a wide variety of albums by other artists. In addition, she spent most of the 1990s touring in Browne’s and Taylor’s bands. With the momentum afforded her by this re-entry to the music business, Carter released her first solo album in 17 years, The Way It Is, in 1996. The excellent EP Find a River followed two years later.

Words by Rob Caldwell from allmusic.com

Discography

The Way It Is

Pony Canyon Records 2006

Tracks: The Way It Is, Love Needs A Heart, That´s The Way Of The World, Blessing In Disguise, Into The Mystic, Birds, I Say Amen, Who Is She (And What Is She To You), When The Blues Come To Call, I Wonder Why, Sea Of Stars & Whistle Down The Wind.

Musicians on the The Way It Is album: Valerie Carter and others.

Midnight Over Honey River

Vivid Records 2004

Tracks: The Way It Is, Saiking Shoes, Lo And Behold, Birds, I Wonder Why, Da Doo Rendezvous, After The Gold Rush, A Stone´s Throw Away, Trying To Get To You, Happiness, Whistle Down The Wind, Ooh Child, Atlantic City, Sailing Shes, Happiness, A Stone Throw Away, Find A River, Heartache, After The Gold Rush, Long Distance Lover, Long Distance Lover, Wishes (bonus) & Sing This Song (bonus).

Musicians on the Midnight Over Honey River album: Valerie Carter and others.

Vanilla Grits

VRP Records 2001

Tracks: Ooh Child, Love Needs A Heart, Face Of Appalachia, Just A Stone´s Throw Away, Into The Mystic, Blue Side & After The Gold Rush.

Musicians on the Vanilla Grits album: Valerie Carter and others.

Find A River

Pony Canyon Records 1999

Tracks: After The Gold Rush, Crazy You, Tomorrow Morning, Happiness & Find A River.

Musicians on the Find A River album: Valerie Carter and others.

The Way It Is

Unity Records 1996

Tracks: The Way It Is, Love Needs A Heart, Sea Of Stars, Into The Mystic, Who Is She (And What Is She To You), I Say Amen, When The Blues Come To Call, I Wonder Why & Whistle Down The Wind.

Musicians on the The Way It Is album: Valerie Carter and others.

Wild Child

Columbia Records 1987

Tracks: Crazy, Da Doo Rendezvous, What´s Become Of Us, Taking The Long Way Home, Lady In The Dark, The Story Of Love, The Blue Side, Change In Luck, Trying To Get To You & Wild Child.

Musicians on the Wild Child album: Valerie Carter and others.

Just A Stone´s Throw Away

Columbia Records 1977

Tracks: Ooh Child, Ringing Doorbells In The Rain, Heartache, Face Of Appalachia, So So Happy, A Stone´s Throw Away, Cowboy Angel, City Lights & Back To Blue Some More.

Musicians on the Just A Stone´s Throw Away album: Valerie Carter and others.

Howdy Moon

A&M Records 1974

Tracks: Lovelight, Cheyenne Autumn, I’m Alone, Nora Lee, Runnaway, And You Never Knew, Machine, Cook with Honey, For Tonight & Millstream.

Musicians on the Just A Stone´s Throw Away album: Valerie Carter, Richard Hovey, Jon Lind, Eric Eisner, Dennis Budimir, Arthur Adams, Lowell George, Dennis Budimir, Andrew Gold, Sneaky Pete, Chuck Rainey, David Parlato, Wilton Felder, Roy Estrada, Van Dyke Parks, Bill Payne, Gordon De Witty, Mike Utley, Bill Payne, Jim Keltner, Fred White, Gary Mallaber, Richard Hayward, Sam Clayton, John Bargamo, Milt Holland, Bobby Hall & John Sebastian.

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