©2009 Independently released
Review by Lucky Boyd
Influences abound on this debut offering from Bo Carter. From alternative
rock to country rock, from Americana to Red Dirt, you’ll enjoy “REALITY”
from start to finish. Carter pens the lot but for a lone co-write with Adam
Lamar. You’ll hear sounds that remind you of John Mayer and Tom Petty while
being introduced to a new blend of orchestration that will leave you saying,
“I just can’t put my finger on it, but it’s great!” Bo Carter has spent
years prior to this release as the guitar slinger for the award-winning band
Highspeed Hayride and the album is produced by award-winner Bill High who
received Producer of the Year honors in 2009 from the Texas Music Awards.
Carter’s voice is warm and inviting on the ballads, powerful and pitch
perfect on the high stuff, and always comfortable and ideal for the track.
The crew is borrowed from Highspeed with Matt Groll and David Stockton
appearing on the album. High performs as he did on the last Highspeed album
and is in infallible form. “Bigger and Better” is the rockiest tune on the
disc and “Sorry That I Lied” is the most artistic. I would have sworn it
was Jackson Browne. Arguably the best tune is “Open Your Eyes” and if this
song is not being used in a national commercial by next year, it will be the
crime of the century.