Fred Carter Jr - Session Man, Mentor to Robbie Robertson, First Telecaster Man in Nashville

April 17, 2020

Today we take a look at the man who brought the Telecaster sound to Nashville, Fred Carter Jr. Besides being a Tele specialist, he was also one of the great session utility men, playing everything from bass to mandolin on tracks ranging from Muddy Waters to Willie Nelson. Many are only aware of him because of his daughter, Country star Deana Carter, or the footnote of him being Robbie Robertson's mentor in the Hawks. Today we bring Fred Carter's playing outside the shadows.  

Johnny Darrell "Why You Been Gone So Long"

Spotify Playlist

Fred Carter Jr - "Voodoo Woman"

Fred Carter Jr. - Sitting on Mama's Knee - Nuggett

Fred Carter Jr. - River Boy - Nuggett

Fred & The Hungry Four

Early Rock-N-Roll Band with Fred

Robbie, Ronnie, and Fred

Promo Shot
Fred (with Robbie's Tele), Robbie, and Rick Danko

Fred with 68 Paisley and Waylon

Fred with ES-335 and Lloyd Green. Paisley leaned against amp.

Performing with a Gretsch at Centennial Park, Nashville, TN

With Tele on a session

Add a Humbucker and a smoke
With Fred Foster & Willie

Later years in Winnsboro, LA

Gear Used:  1957 Fender Esquire with "New Tall" Ron Ellis neck pickup. Restoration and aging on the body by Dan "Danocaster" Strain. Rewind of bridge pickup by Ron Ellis.  

Strings:  D'Addario NYXL 10-46 Amazon affiliate link

Pick: D'Andrea Medium-Heavy  

Amp: 1959 Harvard with AmpRX Brown Box set to 113v  

Effects used: MXR M300 on Spring setting  

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