Dave Carter

Folk songwriter-musician

Folk songwriter-musician Dave Carter, died of an apparent heart attack July 19 in Hadley, Mass. He was 49 and had just returned from a run. He was skedded to perform with longtime musical partner Tracy Grammer at the Green River Festival in Greenfield, Mass.

Oxnard, Calif., native was raised in Texas and Oklahoma by a fundamentalist evangelist mother and mathematician father. He studied piano, guitar and cello, wrote music early on, earned a master’s in music from the U. of Oklahoma and was a computer programmer before becoming a full-time musician.

He and Grammer, a fiddler, released their first album, “When I Go,” in 1998, and signed with Signature Sounds, releasing three CDs, “Tanglewood Tree,” “Drum Hat Buddha” and “When I Go.”

Pair toured with Joan Baez earlier this year.

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