Whoops. Looks like we missed the month of June. That glaring omission just means we’ll have to post another before the close of July. Without further ado, this month’s nostalgic look back references Chuck Carrier, an Atlanta, GA singer/songwriter who emerged onto the national scene with his band Marathon in 2001. The group’s urgent, hyper-literate stab at radio-rock was inspired, original and deeply affecting. Anchored by Carrier’s husky, full-throated vocals, and buoyant choruses, the group sounded like a hybrid of Better Than Ezra and Tonic, Marathon were on their way to something special. But as is often the case, interest never caught on and Marathon lead vocalist Chuck Carrier set about crafting a niche as a solo singer-songwriter. With friends like Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel and the aforementioned Better Than Ezra, Carrier was well on his way to making a dent. When his sophomore album Songs for 27 hit shelves in 2005, a glorious career seemed as if it was already written. But sure enough Songs For 27 went absolutely nowhere and Carrier hasn’t been heard from since. Though one can hope he’s still crafting songs, that very fact may indeed be in question. So for now, here’s to Carrier and Marathon and armfuls of limitless potential. If only we could go back in time. If only.
Editor’s Note: The video quality is terrible, and the sound is mediocre at best, but it’s the best clip available that lets you hear his voice.
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