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Part Four of Interview with Bloodkin's Eric Carter

Posted: Mar 14, 2009

Eric Carter Interview Part Four

Here’s the long-awaited Part Four of my interview with Bloodkin’s Eric Carter. Bloodkin stands as venerable survivors in the great mythical record business. In this part, we discuss the future of the band, and what direction they intend to take on the heels of their latest CD, Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again. We begin to discuss a new era in the band’s career.

James Calemine: Do you see any difference yet creatively within the band?

Eric Carter: I think there is, but when you’re in the middle of a project to step back far enough to really see is hard. As far as really getting together for a serious batch of new songs we haven’t done that yet because we’re still in the early stages of that. That will be a little different. We’re used to certain routines, but I don’t think it will change too much. It’s probably getting to a point where we’ll be getting together more and piecing things together. We always have stuff floating around. I know Danny has tons of lyrics, and I have pieces of music floating around. It kind of goes through a stage like that where it seems like nothing is happening and then it comes together really fast. We’ve always kind of been like that as far as how we work. I’d imagine things will be clearer…just basic, common sense, everyday things…we’ll remember more things.

JC: You can hear a difference in the sound at these recent shows. Maybe you’ve got a new set of ears now…

EC: I’m sure that will be there. The thing that will really be telling will be when we’re in a recording studio. I haven’t been into a studio yet without my usual routine. So, that will be different. I think it’ll be good for all of us—Danny would probably tell you the same thing. We both had our little routines that will be different next time. And next time—I would imagine—this is hypothetical but I’d imagine the way David (Barbe) works—he would probably want to change the environment anyway; instead of doing the same thing in a row. I’m not sure what we’d do differently, but maybe a different location, who knows? It would be kind of cool to go into a sort of house situation to record again (Bloodkin recorded their CD Raving Beauties in Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools’ house). We could go outside if we wanted to take a break instead of hanging out in the parking lot. We’ll see. There’s no timetable on that or anything, but just by the way it usually works we’d be starting something…you’re supposed to do that every year or two, but that’s down the line.

JC: Do you play now more these days?

EC: Uh, probably so. I try to keep track of things better as far as having a tape recorder around. As far as writing, I’m definitely much better at filling up notebooks—instead of some random scrawl where it looks like I’ve fallen off a bridge and then writing it…then there’s no entries for three weeks. I’ve gotten to the point where it’s something I do everyday now…

Part Five soon. These tapes go on and on…

James Calemine

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krantz99 says...

Cool stuff. I can't believe I had not known of these guys before now. I ordered the cd when Patterson Hood and then you and Buff started recommending it. Love the cd and been reading the whole interview!

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