Carter from Winnsboro to be first on Northeast Louisiana’s new music trail


A Winnsboro native who became an established multi-instrumentalist appearing on hits during the 1960s and 1970s will be the first artist commemorated in the new Northeast Louisiana Music Trail.

The Country Music Hall of Famer Fred Carter, Jr. will be commemorated with a marker as part of the road signs, similar to the famous Mississippi Blues Trail, in his hometown of Winnsboro.

Raised on the strong musical influences of jazz, country, western, anthems and blues, Carter made his debut as the principal of “Louisiana Hayride,” a popular country music television show that aired on Shreveport from 1955 to 1960.

Based in Nashville in the early 1960s, Carter became an established session musician, performing on well-known star hits, such as “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel and “Lay Lady Lay” by Bob Dylan. Carter has also worked with Muddy Waters, Waylon Jennings, Dottie Rambo, Dean Martin and Chet Atkins.

Carter died of complications from a stroke in 2010.

On January 29, Country Music Hall of Fame member Fred Carter, Jr. will be honored with a commemoration as part of the Northeast Louisiana Music Trail.

Just like the Mississippi Blues Trail, the Northeast Louisiana Music Trail will showcase the musical talents of the region. Trail founder Doyle Jeter said it was a long-held dream for him to honor the immense talents of the region’s musicians.

“After my wife, Yvette, and I opened our concert hall, Enoch’s Pub and Café, in 1980, it became a priority to do just that,” Jeter said. “The priorities change – pay the electric bill and life is hampered.”

Jeter said that for the past 20 years he and his daughter Molly have discussed promoting a historic sign project in the area with the help of an old friend’s son.

“In 1979, I met a guy named Odis Jackson,” Jeter said. “Odis was a bluesman, entrepreneur, promoter, musician. His best friends were people like Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and BB King. I became a good friend of his and his son, Dexter Jackson, is a very good friend. dear. Him, me and my daughter are the ones who were at the origin of the success of this sign project. ”

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Jeter said there are currently eight panels in production for future unveiling. Some of the names on the shortlist for potential signs include Jackson’s father, Ivory Joe Hunter, Lillian West, Pearlee Mae Tolliver, and Toussaint McCall, a Monroe native whose 1967 single “Nothing Takes the Place of You” reached. number 5 on the Billboard. graphics.

Jeter said he is working in conjunction with Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office for culture, recreation and tourism.

“We will inevitably be under the umbrella of their new program called the Louisiana Music Experience, which will reward artists and venues across the state,” Jeter said. “This is a pretty exciting thing and it took me over 40 years to put it into practice, but it all comes together.”

A sign honoring Carter will be unveiled near the lookout in Winnsboro on January 29. A concert will be held at the Princess Theater, 714 Prairie St., featuring the daughter of Carter, a platinum record country artist. Deana carter.

On December 27, doors open at 6 p.m. and concert begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are currently available on The ticket price is $ 40. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Princess Theater and Winnsboro Main Street.

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