Duane Carleton is the newest voice of
rural America. His songs capture the essence of working class life.
Whether he is describing the everyday people of small town America and
their relationships or the struggles that they encounter in their
day-to-day lives, he conveys the beauty and tragedy of a disappearing
lifestyle. His music, which is a rich blend of Rock, Country, Folk and
Blues falls into the Americana genre. He paints a vast and
colorful landscape with his songwriting as he covers the spectrum from
poetic ballads, to upbeat rockers, to political story songs that could be
aptly described as the offspring of The Band and The Allman Brothers.
Duane was born, raised, and continues to reside in rural New England
and his upbringing is evident in his work ethic. He currently plays 200 -
300 dates a year, has released 15 albums as well as 2 DVD's. His cd
entitled, "Once Lost, Then Torn Down" on the Higher Road Records
label, garnered a Tammie award (Times Argus Grammie) for "Best Rock
Album" of 2007. He has appeared as a guest on no less than 15 other
cd’s by artists as varied as, Bicycle Mary, John Erlandson, and Laura
Molinelli. He has opened shows and performed with such luminaries as Rick
Danko of The Band, Steve Miller, ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule, Don McLean, Bret
Michaels, Eddie Money, Loverboy, The Fixx, Jimmy LaFave, The Smithereens,
and Steve Forbert to name just a few.
In addition, his song, "The True American" appeared in the
HBO documentary, "Dirty Driving-Thunder Cars of Indiana", the
Edgewood Entertainment horror film, "Arachnia" which has been
aired on the Starz Edge, Encore, and Encore Action channels featured his
song, "Find My Way Down", and the snowboard video, "Pipe
Dreams" featured several of his tunes. Most recently, his song,
"Long Way Down" was featured in the FX Network drama,
"Justified". He has also had songs used in television ads for
Killington Ski Resort, Taylor’s Clear River Tavern, and Advance Music
Center. His album, "American Boy" contained guest appearances by
Garth Hudson of The Band, Meshell Ndegeocello (John Mellencamp, David
Bowie, Lou Reed, and a 2009 Grammy nominee) and Joseph Wooten of The Steve
Miller Band and The Victor Wooten Band. In 2010 Duane was invited by
Michelle Shocked to perform his song "The Ballad of Horace
Greene" at one of her shows.
In 2011, Duane released his critically acclaimed album,
"Rust" which went on to win the Tammie Award for Best Rock Album
as well. He was voted Best Guitarist in the music magazine Cider Mag and
was also awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the fans also
voted Duane the Favorite Acoustic Act in Cider Mag.