Lloyd Carter was no stranger to music growing up. Being raised in a family that collaborated together as Gospel musicians, the Georgia-bred artist developed an unbreakable connection to songwriting and its appended sonics. He's infatuated by the sounds of his Country influencer—which range between Keith Whitley to Conway Twitty—and over the years, it's been part of his ethos to render up a definite narrative on each song he adorns with his dynamic emotions—hugging like adhesive to his audiences' hearts, since day one.
This year, Lloyd Carter continues his pure steel-string pleasure spins through scintillating instrumental upswell that festoons his Country productions with a sense of vibrance on "His Last Chance."
It's a mid-tempo rush of resolving southern-tinged melodic progressions interweaved between a punchy drumset and a bass guitar that oozes with a cordial texture. Carter's voice presents distinctly pure over the string orchestrations that border the expanses of this buzzing mix.
As he croons over the descriptive story he paints with his low-rumbling tone, he versifies about getting one last chance at love. "I just wanna be the man to hold you, tell you it's alright," Carter sings, glides over his words with a subtle drawl, "I wanna heal the pain and build something that last, be the man to take you home." Here, there's no doubt that the Georgian songster has natural affluence for captivating his audience with his lyrical prowess.
Even as the veteran band accompanying him take turns in the spotlight—Steve Cummings on the Drums, Jason Roller for the Electric Guitar, Henry McGill blessing the Acoustic Guitar, and Gary DiBenedetto covering everything else—it's impossible not to get swept off your feet, and thrown into the vivid picture that Lloyd Carter paints with his lightly-carbonized single when he resounds over top of "His Last Chance."
Listen to "His Last Chance" here.
Hello Lloyd Carter and welcome to BuzzMusic. Can you tell us a little more about the bond you have with the musicians who play on this track? What was it like working with this band for “His Last Chance?”
My writing partner and producer Gary DiBenedetto should be a national treasure, honestly, I would consider him to be one of the best music producers in South Georgia and he has a track record to prove it. My other writing partner, Henry McGill, is a great friend that has been in the music business for a long time as well. He is a fantastic guitar player and even a better lyricist. Steve Cummings played all the drum parts as well as mastered the entire album. That gentle giant is a wonderful drummer with playing dynamics like no other. Mike Delk is a seasoned bass player that never misses a lick. I love playing live with him because he has such an infectious smile that nobody can refuse to smile back at.
What’s the real story behind “His Last Chance?” Was this a song introspective of your own past experiences, or merely a rendering of a sentiment you were trying to embellish your audience with through a fictitious narrative?
The song is basically a tribute to the single mom out there struggling to make ends meet. The poor woman is so wrapped up in trying to take care of herself and her family that she doesn’t even notice the good man that admires her and wants to be a part of her life. She’s made so many mistakes in her life picking the wrong guys that make promises in the dark only to leave.
What’s been the most memorable experience this year regarding writing, performing, and recording with the musicians and collaborators you call friends?
Oh, there’s so many it’s truly hard to pick one. We have writer’s night on Tuesday nights with my good friends Gary DiBenedetto and Henry McGill. I can’t imagine creating music with any other guys. It never fails on those nights we get together somebody always comes through with an idea and here we go. As far as one of my favorite collaborators, Colt Ford is with me on my song “It’s Friday Night.” What an awesome performer that’s been at it for so long. Colt is what you see is what you get, in an age where what you see ain’t what it is. What a privilege to have him on this record.
If you could leave your listeners with a few words to enhance their experience during this single’s playback, what would you say, and why?
I just want to thank anyone who takes the time to give our music a listen. As I grow older, I realize how precious every moment truly is, the fact that someone took time out of their day to give us a listen I’m eternally grateful for. This song and music video is about the good guy that wins in the end or is it that they both win?
What has been keeping you inspired in 2020?
Just watching how all the talented performers out there are stepping up their game to be heard. Let’s face it, 2020 will go down in history as the year that will make or break people. The music business has literally changed before our eyes. At the beginning of the year, everyone was out playing tour dates, now we’ve had to adapt and play live on social media with a virtual tip jar. It’s tough times out there, but I have faith in the ones that love to perform music and the ones that love to listen.