This is the second, and long awaited, studio release from Mississippi Gabe Carter; on the new Chicago label, Highly Flavored Records. "Until They Drag Me Down", will stop you dead in your tracks. It was recorded in a very old, large, commercial truck garage, on a back country road, in the spring and summer of 2010. It features percussion by Dave Herrero on select tracks. The album was recorded by the french sound engineer Jean-Yves Munch, as was Carter's debut album "Midnight Dream". Munch was also assisted on this project by the highly acclaimed and renown engineer, Philippe Teissier du Cros.
"An excellent work. Towing the line, nodding towards tradition--in a way that points distinctly forward. This is for the folks that dig that good stuff: raw, real, seasoned hill country chops." -Amy Brawner-Bishop, KABF Radio 88.3 Little Rock, Arkansas
"Gabe Carter is like Junior Kimbrough revised for the 21st Century!" -Km Williams
Mississippi Gabe Carter was born in South Bend, Indiana.. He was raised in rural Southwest Michigan. He was the only child of divorced parents and moved around among towns within the area.
Carter was given his first guitar at age five. The guitar was purchased, by his father, for $5.00 at a garage sale. Carter started by teaching himself to play blues on one string. He also played along with his father, who played blues on the piano.
As a young man Carter saw a guitarist by the name of Jack Owens -- of Bentonia, Mississippi -- in a documentary that had been rented on video from the local public library. Carter, from that point on, was deeply influenced by the music of Owens; and the school of music that is native to the Bentonia region of Mississippi. By far, the most well known musician from Bentonia was Skip James. During Carter's last decade of living and busking on the streets in Chicago, he earned the nickname "Mississippi" through his front porch, "down-home" style of playing.
Today, Carter's blues has remained firmly rooted in the blues tradition and style of Bentonia; and has grown into something completely original and unique to the genre.