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Nathan Carter at Macomb Center, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Nathan Carter is a country boy. With a brogue.

Carter is a native of Liverpool who now makes his home in northern Ireland, and while his music cuts a wide stylistic swatch he's mostly made a name for himself singing country, including a chart-topping and award-winning cover of the Old Crow Medicine Show/Bob Dylan hit "Wagon Wheel." Overall he's released nine studio albums including this year's "Livin' The Dream," along with three live albums and a trio of DVDs.

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Carter is living yet another dream, touring North America for the first time...

For his first trip to the U.S. Carter says by phone from his tour bus that he and his band "are gonna be performing songs I've recorded on albums the last few years, songs I'm sort of known for in Ireland. I've been very lucky in Ireland and the U.K. to build up a fan base over the last five years, so the next step is for me to come over here to the States. The idea is to come over here and introduce myself and my music to a whole new audience. I'm looking forward to coming to see all these new places I've never been before and meeting people for the first time."

Carter grew-up in a music-loving family that supported his ambitions as they developed during this youth. "My dad was in the building industry and mum works for the city council," Carter says. "I grew up playing music, and they kind of encouraged me from the age of 16, 17 that if you enjoy doing something you should really follow it as a career. They like going to work doing what they're doing, but they realized I loved this, so they pushed me as much as they could to follow my dreams, follow what I want to do."

Carter says that "music was always around me, growing up," which is what led to his fascination with country. "I was surrounded by Irish and Celtic music, growing up," he says. "My family was huge fans of older country people as well, like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, all those sorts of people. I started playing accordion at the age of five, so I've been playing traditional Irish music ever since, and a lot of Celtic and folk music as well."

Playing according, of course, did not necessarily make Carter the most popular youth in town. "I was very much (an outcast)," he recalls with a laugh. "All my friends would've been into electric guitars, playing rock 'n' roll piano. An accordion definitely wasn't the coolest thing to be playing for sure. Btu in Ireland there's a lot of mixing of Celtic and rock music together, so I did a bit of that. That's the closest I've ever been to rock."

Carter discovered "Wagon Wheel" through the Old Crow Medicine Show version, recording and releasing it in the U.K. in 2012, where it hit No. 1. "Six months after I'd recoded it Darius Rucker released his version of it in the States," Carter says. "He made a lot more money than I did, but it's a great song."

Nathan Carter and Chloe Agnew

8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

Macomb Center For the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.

Tickets are $45-$75.

Call 586-286-2222 or visit macombcenter.com.

Web Site: www.macombcenter.com

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