Joshua Carter

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Joshua Carter

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Often, people refer to me as an "old soul", mentioning the what I do is out of my physical age range. Funny how I'm not supposed to be doing what I'm doing right now, at my age. This sums up my life, defiance against the laws of society, so to speak, breaking expectations, even.

Joshua Carter, 18 years old, Graduated Choctawhatchee Senior High School Class of 2014, Self-employed Musician.

So my life just began, they like to say. I like to think my life began when I turned 13. Living in Hawaii, everything that could be for sale was just that, only at an increased price. An eager and young Josh Carter, expert at Guitar Hero, felt it was his duty to follow suit with the rest of the family. My father plays guitar, my brother plays, sister plays, grandpa, uncle, and two cousins; they all play. My thirteenth birthday, Dad wanted to be sure I wanted to do this before he dropped three hundred dollars on a beautiful black acoustic six-string. Sitting in the back of that 90's Corrola, I remember framming at a dissonant C chord I learned on his '78 Fender F-75. He was always my biggest influence, my best friend, my Dad. He may not play as well as Peter Green, but I couldn't have done it without him, the inspiration. First song I ever tried to learn was the one by an Eric Clapton, "Tears in Heaven". I recall my brother learning that one a while back and the tune entranced me, I gave it a shot. To this day, I have yet to fully learn it. A year after, I got my first electric on Christmas day. I was too excited, owning two guitars, what a feat! First string broken was when I tried playing the solo to "Don't Fear the Reaper". I soon found out that the ten-pack of electric strings were on sale for a reason. In school, I met a pal by the name of Justin Willis. This is in Thomasville, Georgia, mind you. He brought his guitar to school, I was attracted to the wild zebrawood of his Exotic Series Ibanez. We hit it off from there. If there is one man responsible for introducing me to blues music, it would be Justin Willis. If you're reading this Justin, then thank you my good friend, I've cherished the gift ever since. And so, He forced me to play bass. Summer days were spent in his bedroom, jamming out to Jimi Hendrix classics and underrated Led Zeppelin songs. The chops came quick, and I think Justin knew that. The first time him and I were ever one stage together was at the Bradfordville Blues Club, in May of 2010. It was former Muddy Waters' drummer, Willie

  • Work
    • Musician
  • Education
    • Choctawhatchee Senior High
    • Thomas County Central High School