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October 8, 2014  THE CD RELEASE PARTY FOR "A GIRL LIKE THAT" WILL BE AT THE PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB IN KILLINGTON, VT ON DECEMBER 18TH !!!!! That's right.....it's official. The Backwoods Messiahs will be back to doing what they do best....rocking! There have been some changes as the band welcomes bass player Chris Johnson and moves Jeff Poremski back to guitar (as well as some other instruments). More info will be coming out about this event as we go. Mark your calendar now! We here at DC Central are ecstatic with the way this new album has come out...we promise that Duane and the guys have taken things up at least a few notches (if not more). Mastering went so well last week at West West Side Music and just add the right amount of sweetness, we mastered it to tape...that's right....sweet, old school tape. We have also added new dates (including Backwoods Messiahs shows) to the Schedule......

September 30, 2014  Whoa! Things are in the works! "A Girl Like That" will be mastered this week...that means recording is finished!!! Yay!!! The artwork is nearly done...so it won't be long now. Just gotta plan a party....The Backwoods Messiahs have been busy at work and are looking forward to some new surprises for you....mmmm hmmmm. New shows have been added to the Schedule. It was awesome to see the Franco family at Jax and The Foundry this weekend and to get to perform with them...way too much fun...thank you guys. Very soon there will be so much new news about the tv show, the winter performance schedule, the new album....ya gotta check back sooner than lateeer to be in the loop!!!!

September 17, 2014  Just a few tweaks left on the new album and a mastering session....as of October 1st, the record will be done!!! Then it gets sent off with the art work and we plan a CD Release Party...oh yeah! In other DC news, Duane will be creating a new tv show for PEG TV called "The Inside Track". This show will be an in depth look at songwriters and their music. The show is still in the preliminary stage but the plan is for it to appear in this winter's schedule. Look for new Backwoods Messiahs shows to be appearing for the winter as well...oh yeah, gonna kick things up a notch. Let's rock people....

September 3, 2014  Another great day yesterday at The Recording Company as the final touches are added to Duane's newest record. One more mixing day to tweak the things to perfection and then off to be mastered in October. The artwork is nearly completed...very cool and right on schedule....look for new Backwoods Messiahs dates to be added. In fact, there is a ton of new dates added to the schedule....see for yourself....

August 23, 2014  Hey, Hey....things have ultra busy here at DC Central. Gigs, gigs and more gigs...look at the Schedule for yourself and see what we mean! The album is so very, very close to being finished. Look forward to hearing the new tunes on record as well as live when the Backwoods Messiahs hit the circuit again. Duane has some traveling in the next month as well as a veritable smorgasbord of shows. Next week is the Killington Classic and he will be on hand at The Foundry for a string of shows. As a little appetizer we have just posted a particularly good show from 6/22/2014 in the Bootleg Vault....enjoy!!!!

August 8, 2014  WOW!!! What a fantastic time at Tuttle Hall! Great response to this show. Duane and John C. are in discussions to do more shows at this great venue and....well....Duane may do another Storytellers after all (he got over his nervousness). This week has been a string of incredible shows from Lake George to Woodstock and back to Killington and Pittsfield. Coming up we have a return to The Clear River Tavern on Saturday and the Party For Peyton at The Houligan's Clubhouse in Proctor, VT...this is a fundraiser for a little girl with a lot of health issues from premature birth. Many new dates added to the Schedule and as promised....the entire Backwoods Messiahs show from the Long Trail Century Ride has been posted in the Bootleg Vault....ENJOY!!!

August 1, 2014  This is the night...Tonight will be Duane's one and only, ever and ever Storytellers Show to Benefit the Homeless Prevention Center at Tuttle Hall - The College of Saint Joseph's in Rutland, VT at 7:30.....more new shows added on the Schedule.

July 24, 2014  Tonight, Duane will be rocking the stock (Woodstock, VT that is) at Bentley's from 8:00-11:00! This weekend will offer you a tiny little taste of the newest version of The Backwoods Messiahs as they perform for the Wayne DuVaul Memorial at The Moose Lodge in Rutland, VT. Wayne passed away recently and was a friend to the members of the band as well as a part of the musical community for many years. Duane is hard at work on his Storytellers Show on August 1st (heard about that yet?) and it promises to peel back the curtain on this International Man of Mystery. Check out the poster below for more details. more shows coming in all of the time....there was one heck of a party at last week's Umbrella Bar shows...can't post the details here...you understand. Check out the Schedule and come out and treat your ears to some music!

July 18, 2014  Just added a new date to the Schedule!!!! Duane will be at the Umbrella Bar at K1 in Killington, VT tomorrow. Duane has also been working out his stories for the show at Tuttle Hall. If you want to see him talk...now's your chance....

July 12, 2014  Duane will be playing a one time and one time only Storytellers Show at Tuttle Hall on August 1st to benefit the Homeless Prevention Center. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Paramount Theater or can be ordered online at www.paramountvt.org. All proceeds go to the charity. Now....for those of you who know....Duane is not one to discuss his tunes or his life at his shows, so this will be your ONLY chance to see the man behind the curtain. Duane spent a few days this week working on mixing "A Girl Like That" and it is very close to being done. We here at DC Central are very pleased with how this record is turning out. Very soon we will begin to plan the big release celebration!!!!!  

June 27, 2014  OoooohWeeeeee!!!!! We have some goodies for you. The one and only Georgia Jones returned to the studio and add some additional vocal tracks to Duane's newest album. For those who want to know when it's coming out we are shooting for December....gotta have time to plan one hell of a party don't cha know...We have some awesome photos of Georgia in the studio on the Friends and Family Page. Duane and the Backwoods Messiahs ripped it up at The Long Trail Brewery for The Century Ride last weekend...way, way cool show for a great cause (VT Adaptive). We have a photo on the Backwoods Messiahs Page and a recording to come down the line. We do have a little blast from the past as we received a photo from a show Duane did with Special Ed and the All-Stars several years back...se it on the Ancient History Page. Now....how about some big news...Duane will be performing a one-time Storytellers Show of his own songs on August 1st at The Tuttle Hall at the College of St. Joseph's in Rutland, VT at 7:30. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Paramount Theater Box Office. All proceeds go the Homeless Prevention Center....another cool show for a great cause...this will be a one time only show....so, if you always wanted to know what some of Duane's tunes were about or what the story behind the songs was...this is your one and only chance to find out....This and all of Duane's shows are on the Schedule.

June 11, 2014  Since we've been asked about Lyric Pages....we love when this happens because it shows that someone is actually paying attention to the songs and taking a step further to learn more...we are pointing out the "Rust", "Once lost, Then Torn Down" and "Chasing After The Stars" lyric pages. Obviously...more to come. Talks continue with Real Cool Records. We are hoping that "A Girl Like That" will be appearing on this fine label. Mixing on the record has been going incredibly well and seems to be going by leaps and bounds!!! Just a few tracks left to put down, the art work is nearly done....won't be long until we plan a party!!!!!!

June 1, 2014  The cover art for the new album is coming out awesome...thanks to the fine work of Jess Gabelar. We have another outtake from one of the recording sessions on the Friends and Family Gallery. Also, new dates have been posted on the Schedule....Summer is really shaping up to be really busy!

May 23, 2014  Look for some big things to be announced here on DC Central...Duane has been in negotiations with Real Cool Records...Mmmm Hmmm....The Backwoods Messiahs are taking things up a notch as they are working in new bass player Chris Johnson!!! Welcome to the fold Chris! Chris and Duane go way back to the Tin Pan Alley days. Jeff Poremski is moving over to guitar...there will most likely be the addition of some other instruments as well...some lap steel, Bass VI, mandolin by both Duane and Jeff. Along with these changes are the addition of Ross Edmunds on drums. Ross goes way back to Duane's first band Personal Ads. We, of course, would like to thank Gary Spaulding for doing an amazing job. We will miss him. Musically, things will be going to another level and rehearsals have been going amazingly. The plan is to debut the band at the CD Release Party for "A Girl Like That". The Schedule is filling up with so many shows...oh yeah! We look forward to seeing you this summer and Duane looks forward to debuting tunes from the new disc for you....

May 9, 2014  It is with a sad heart that I say goodbye to another Killington friend. Johnny P. passed away unexpectedly this week. He was a regular fixture at LOCAL'S NIGHT and he worked with me at The Foundry. I will miss his version of the Cookie Call, his great attitude and his company. I am glad to have known him and to have gotten to spend the time with him that I did. I will think of John every time I play "West L.A. Fadeaway" - DC

Duane's pal Clovis Roblaine has just released his newest album, "Geezer". DC is featured heavily on the record and had way too much fun recording it. You can get yourself a copy at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/clovisroblaine2. If you want to know who else Duane has performed with or what albums he has appeared on go to the Biography Page. Who knows...you might just find out something hew that surprises you. Speaking of too much fun...since we last touched base, Duane had a rocking time playing at BGR for the Killington crew. You can see a few pics in the Acoustic Gallery...nothing like that first outdoor show of the year...rain, cold, and not of that mattered as it was a rocking good time! Duane has been mixing furiously and "A Girl Like That" is very close to completion....uh huh...almost there! Lots of new shows added to the Schedule. Watch for big news to be upcoming.....

April 24, 2014 New dates just added! We have added a show at The Foundry in Killington, VT for tomorrow as well as several shows in Lake George, NY. All of these and more are on the Schedule.

April 19, 2014 "A Girl Like That" is one step closer to completion as Duane had a great two day mixing session at The Recording Company. While there, Duane lay down some guitar tracks for Frank Crocco's upcoming album. Duane played on one of his earlier albums as well. Duane also appears on the newest Clovis Roblaine record, "Geezer". You can check out Frank's and Clovis's discs out at cdbaby.com. To see what records Duane has appeared on check out the DC Bio. As we ease into warmer weather new shows will be added...just as they are here today on the Schedule. We look forward to getting the new album out and showcasing the new tunes for you.....

April 10, 2014 Thank you for such a great bunch of Winter shows! We have just posted the start of the Summer schedule and you'll have to keep watch as there are some things in the wind...Duane will be expanding the Backwoods Messiahs in order to support the new CD, "A Girl Like That". We will be making announcements of shows featuring this new version of the band as they come up. Speaking of that new cd...we just posted some photos from the last recording session where Leslie Myers Patenade rocked it as the voice of "A Girl Like That". On this new record, Duane is upping the ante....promise!!!! You'll just have to wait and see.....

March 27, 2014 Duane had a great time in the studio...as always, yesterday. Leslie Myers Patenaude did a great job adding some really nice touches to the disc. Check out the Discography for details on all of Duane's other albums. It is the time of the season when the season is changing and we will be adding a whole bunch of new dates very soon. Keep watch on the Schedule for updates. We have a nice little surprise for you today at DC Central....we have just posted the first set from a show with Duane and Jim Devlin recorded at Jax in December of 2013. You can have a listen in the Bootleg Vault.....Enjoy!!!!

March 12, 2014 What a great Memorial Jam for Lee Ellison yesterday at The Outback in Killington, VT. Duane had a great time playing with Lee's sons Josh and Isaiah as well as Chris Pallutto and Bob Hesse. For a complete...well, probably near complete listing of people Duane has performed, recorded or opened for, check out the Biography Page. The Winter has been wild and wooly...and today is no exception as another 18 inches of snow come down. So many dates...so much recording, movie projects etc. Heck....Duane's still writing new tunes in his "spare" time. Speaking of dates, new adds have been made to the Schedule. Look forward to there being more and more dates added soon. Just to give your mind a little vacation from the Winter...how about a picture from Solarfest posted on The Backwoods Messiahs Page. Look for a bunch of new live videos of the band...things are in the works for the Summer and Fall....big news to come!!!!

February 28, 2014 Well....another great session at The Recording Company and the first round of mixes is nearly complete....we could not be happier with the new record..and we can't wait to share it!!! There are some things in talks right now for this album...you will be the first to know when we do. We have posted a few live cuts of DC playing a few tunes from the new record at a solo show on 11/10/2013 at Jax in The Bootleg Vault....actually, we were delighted to find some real gems at this show..and they are all free for you to enjoy! New dates and shows have been posted on the Schedule. Lots and lots of places and times to hear your fave DC tunes....bring a friend to a show...spread the word...

February 21, 2014 Tonight, Duane will be playing a great showcase at Nipper's in Manchester, VT from 7-10. More details and more shows are posted on the Schedule. Duane and the crew at The Recording Company have begun mixing "A Girl Like That" and are very, very excited about how this record is turning out. We have some cool photos for ya...check out the Family and Friends Page, and the Acoustic Gallery. The Winter schedule has been jamming. Duane has been cranking out shows and giving away a free disc of cover tunes for your entertainment...make sure to get yours. We have posted a new video from a 2012 Pickle Barrel show on the Video Page...as always, the most free goodies for you right here at DC Central....

February 12, 2014 Unfortunately, we are sad to report that due to the nasty weather we are expecting tomorrow night's show with Jim Gilmour has been postponed...not canceled, jus postponed. We will keep you in the loop as to the new date. This past weekend was incredible with all shows being packed. Franklin's was so good that we've added another date there this Friday....get yer Valentine's Day on! Thank you to Lauren and Holly for singing with Duane during the weekend...always too much fun....and to Ed....hope you feel better soon!

February 7, 2014 Look out tonight as Duane hits the stage at Franklin's in Proctor, VT from 7:00 - 10:00. He will be joined by singing phenom Alyssa Valerio and Matt Valerio. Don't forget the Turning of the Tide show with Jim Gilmour next week. All thee details are on the Schedule. Duane and Jim have played together off and on for many years. This will be a showcase of their original music. Real VT music folks. We have added a new picture to the Fan Photo Gallery...keep those photos coming. Watch for some exciting changes to the web site soon! Time to revamp. Duane's album, "Once Lost, Then Torn Down" is currently on Pandora (we've got our own channel...that's right) and now we have just had the cd, "Rust" accepted. It will be up soon....sweet....

January 31, 2014 Another great day at The Recording Company working on the new record! We are mixing tunes and we could not be more excited at how they are coming out!!! The artwork is in progress and things are moving forward. In fact, there are talks happening as we speak for Duane to sign with a new record label...look for things to be happening....We will be giving away a free CD of live tracks starting this weekend as a little "thank you" for your continued support. All tracks were recorded at shows in Killington, VT and were recorded by Matt Coffey. We have some really cool shows coming up too...Duane plays tonight at Nipper's in Manchester, VT from 7-10 and this will be a nice intimate show for date night. Next week Duane will venture to The Glimmerstone Mansion in Cavendish, VT and then plays a nice early show at Franklin's in Proctor, VT. Then, on the 13th he plays a special Valentine's show with longtime musical comrade Jim Gilmour as part of the Turn of The Tide Music Series. Get tickets and more info by going to the Schedule

January 26, 2014 We are delighted to announce that Duane Carleton has his own Pandora channel now!!!! Yeah!!!! We've got some really cool shows coming up...check out the show next Friday at Nipper's in Manchester, VT or the week after at The Glimmerstone Mansion in Cavendish or Franklin's in Proctor or the special Valentine's show with Jim Gilmour on 2/13......check out the schedule for details! We also will be giving away a free disc of cover tunes starting next weekend at The Foundry....free I tells ya...free. Too cool.

January 14, 2014 Have we got some goodies for you today! A whole bunch of new dates have been posted on the Schedule. So many chances to see Duane play all your fave tunes....early shows late shows.....whatever you would like. We loved seeing our good friends Kurt, Holly, Tom and Ed at The Clear River Tavern and of course, Holly knocked it out of the park singing with Duane at Jax on Sunday! It was also cool to meet and perform with Lyndsay at The Clear...two nights, two great guest singers...way cool. There are a number of photos of Holly singing with Duane in the Acoustic Gallery. We have also posted a couple of really cool videos of The Backwoods Messiahs playing acoustic at The Pickle Barrel in Killington, VT on the Video Page. If you want to see even more videos of DC you can try out the link to Duane's Youtube channel on the Links Page. Work resumes on Duane's next disc "A Girl Like That" and there are a few music videos in the works for tunes from this album....you'll get 'em when we get 'em and we can't wait. Duane has been in talks to sign with a new record label....more about this to come.....

January 3, 2014 Happy New Year to you! We have been cranking through the holiday season with a ton of shows. Duane had one young admirer (we think she was perhaps 4 years old) who is an aspiring guitar player. She made a lovely picture for Duane that we have posted in the Artist Gallery. We have also posted a nice pic in the Acoustic Gallery that was sent in by our friend Gina. Since it is the season of giving, we have posted another really cool live video from The Pickle Barrel 2012 show in the Video Gallery.....we are givers if nothing else. New shows for the new year are posted on the Schedule. We are looking forward to completing the album, "A Girl Like That" this year and getting this into your hot little hands...and ears. We are looking forward to seeing you at a show...

December 26, 2013 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! We have some goodies for you! As promised, we put out a free DVD of a 2012 Pickle Barrel show...and now we have begun to post videos on the Video Page....also free! Tonight, Duane makes his return to Manchester, VT by playing at Nipper's at The Stamford Hotel 7:30-10:30. We have some other new shows posted up on The Schedule...with more to come. Duane had a fabulous time performing with Jim Devlin at Jax in Killington, VT for the Local Yokel Pass Party...we have a photo posted on the Acoustic Gallery for your pleasure. Duane and The Backwoods Messiahs played for the Dennis Smith Benefit at the beginning of the month...we have posted a photo of this on the Electric Gallery. We are just about to start mixing Duane's next album, "A Girl Like That". Tracking is so very near completion and we look forward to mixing and mastering this next bit of sweetness for you....

"...INTELLIGENT SONGWRITING, STRONG SINGING AND ENERGETIC GUITAR PLAYING."
-The Times Argus-

"SONGS ARE DRIVEN BY CARLETON'S FINE GUITAR WORK AND SINGING...IT'S EASY TO LAUGH AT SOME OF THE ROCK AND ROLL BANDS MAKING HITS THESE DAYS, BUT HEARING ROOTSY ROCK DONE THIS WELL SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL A LITTLE BETTER."
 -Vintage Guitar Magazine - 

"DUANE CARLETON'S 'ONCE LOST, THEN TORN DOWN' STANDS OUT AS AN OASIS OF HIGHLY LISTENABLE MUSIC IN A DESERT OF CREATIVITY. THIS SINGER-SONGWRITER HAS SOMETHING TO SAY...CARLETON'S MUSIC SHOWS KEEN INSIGHTS INTO THE MALAISE OF AMERICAN RURAL LIFE...(HIS) LYRICS HERE ARE WELL THOUGHT OUT AND POTENT. CARLETON HAS A SHARP EYE FOR THE WAY PEOPLE IN RURAL AMERICA LIVE."
- The Times Argus - 

"WELL-CRAFTED, RADIO FRIENDLY TUNES. DISARMINGLY BEAUTIFUL LYRICS ARE PAR FOR THE COURSE ON THIS CD. WHAT REALLY MAKES THE ALBUM STAND OUT IS CARLETON'S HONEST AND SKILLFUL SONGWRITING. HE'S GOT A KEEN ABILITY TO CREATE SONGS THAT LINGER IN YOUR MEMORY LONG AFTER THE DISC HAS STOPPED SPINNING. AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES 'ONCE LOST, THEN TORN DOWN' MORE ENJOYABLE WITH EACH LISTEN."
- Seven Days - 

"CARLETON SINGS LIKE A YOUNG BOB SEGER...HE WRITES CATCHY POP SONGS...'CHASING AFTER THE STARS' IS A PROFESSIONAL SOUNDING RECORDING THAT COULD HAVE COME FROM NASHVILLE AS EASILY AS RUTLAND COUNTY"
- Seven Days - 

"TORRID GUITAR WORK...AND OVER THE TOP VOCALS...GOOD STUFF!"
- Metronome Magazine - 

"ORIGINAL SOUND AND LYRICS...EXPLOSIVE GUITAR...MATCHED WITH CATCHY LYRICS...IT'S NICE TO HEAR SOMETHING REAL AND WELL COMPOSED."
- The Vermont Review - 

"THAT ALL-AMERICAN ROCK SOUND THAT COULD BE COMPARED TO THE LIKES OF JOHN MELLENCAMP OR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN."
- The Rutland Herald -

"DUANE'S SONGS ROCK AND SWAY WITH AN OLD COUNTRY AND MODERN COUNTRY SENSIBILITY AND SPAN DEEPLY PERSONAL ROOTS ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE MUSIC."
- The Folk Times - 

 

                        

 

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