photo: Vyto Starinskas m2013 Duane
October 22, 2014 Did we
mention the CD Release Party on the 18th of December at The Pickle Barrel
in Killington, VT for "A Girl Like
That"? That and so many more dates have been posted on the Schedule...in
fact, we are waiting to hear some very exciting news about a residency for
the Backwoods Messiahs..Friday Night Mass with the Messiahs...have your
sins absolved with Rock and Roll....we'll keep you posted of course. there
will be some interesting developments to the Messiahs live shows....you'll
have to wait and see...The record is finished and about to be pressed...mmmm
hmmmm. We have added a plethora of new photos on the Backwoods
Messiahs page, the Jeff Poremski page
(handsome devil that he is) and the Electric
Gallery....oh so nice for you...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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 -
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 -
GUITAR WORK...AND OVER THE TOP VOCALS...GOOD STUFF!"
- Metronome Magazine -
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
- The Folk Times -