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Beachcomber Profiles* – Kevin Carson

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HOMETOWN: From Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to Santa Rosa Beach six months ago. I’m calling my move to Santa Rosa Beach my retirement gig!


PROFESSION: Working musician.


AGE: Almost grown.


RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Recently released the single “Nobody Like You,” available on iTunes and Spotify. There’s also a video on YouTube.


PROFILE: I’ve been a working musician my entire adult life. As a bandleader for many years, I’ve toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia with such notables as Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain, Willie Nelson, Loverboy, and John Cafferty. These days you can find me doing solo acoustic shows on a beach somewhere.


It’s so different playing solo gigs on an acoustic guitar rather than bass in a big band. But I’m loving it! Plus, I’m not dealing with any drug addicts, girlfriends or any other egotistical maniac’s drama.

The music business has been very good to me. I’ve been all over the world and met all kinds of wonderful people. I’ve played big clubs, small beach bars, casinos, private parties, and concert festivals. Sometimes I feel like I’m on top of the world and other times like I am the wedding singer, but it’s all good—it’s all music, and I still love it!


I’ve written hundreds of songs and have four original CDs under my belt, including Greatest Hits (2009) and Jump In (Carson & Pool, 2001). Writing songs has been a major part of my musical endeavors. I look at it like this—it would be nice to have a song being played worldwide on the radio, but it’s also rewarding when five or six people ask you to play one of your originals.  People appreciating your music is really what it’s all about for a songwriter and performer.


QUOTE: “For the love of music, turn it up!”




* Inspired by the late great CREEM Magazine.


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