If you’re looking for the true definition of a singer/songwriter, a musician who tells a story and is true to himself and his music, look no further than Frank Carlier. Raised in the hills of West Virginia, Frank Carlier could be described as a staple on the Charleston music scene for many years.
His website bio describes him in many ways “…he has been labeled a misogynist ($25 for that word), as well as a crazy son of a b****. The latter commonly used by musicians who have had the good fortune or misfortune of sharing a stage with him. The fact is he is neither or both. Depending on how you look at things is what makes Carlier a mystery. He is the mystery guy with dark glasses and a sneer.”
On first impressions, maybe all of the above is true, but when you sit down and get to know him, you will find a decent guy with a big heart and an immense talent to write both music and words. His music as well as his vocals are gritty and laden with emotion and truth. His intelligence shines through and he is able to paint a picture that will stay with you.
Frank Carlier’s current Cd “Americana 101” is available on Cdbaby.com and as a person who knows Frank, I can say this compilation is not only full of great tunes, but is also true to the man himself. With songs like ‘White Trash’, ‘Last Man Standing’, ‘The Burden Of The Red, White And Blue’ and ‘I’m Going On The Jerry Springer Show’, each spins a story of life in America.
Frank Carlier is a musician that cannot be boxed into one simple definition. His music is tinged with an essence similar to John Prine, John Hiatt, Sam Bush and in one case even Jimmy Buffett, yet when listening to him, Frank is an American original. One would expect this self-described “hillbilly from West Virginia” to be cruising around town in a beat-up old Ford pickup, but Frank finds most of his inspiration tooling around in his little red sports car.
In a world where music has become packaged and boxed, Frank Carlier refuses to fit in the box. His lyrics are intelligent and his music is soulful. If you are lucky enough to catch him playing live, it is an experience that should not be missed. Visit his website for a complete bio, music, news and shows, or go to CD baby and buy “Americana 101” now. Frank Carlier is proof that talented singer / songwriters are still around making great music, and you can find them right here in Charleston, South Carolina.