A few years ago, deep in the woods of the Bill Monroe Campground, Carson began blowing his harp with players from all over the world who had come to John Hall’s, Bean Blossom Blues and Brews. As Carson played guitar, harmonica, and sang, the spirit of the campground touched his soul. While many people ask who Carson’s influences are, honestly, he just plays from his heart and takes in the music around him.
At the age of 4, Carson received his first toy guitar. It was soon apparent that it was more than a toy to Carson. He was able to express his talent as a natural musician. Carson then stumbled upon what ultimately turned out to be the premier, versatile music instructor in the area, Tony Cooley. Tony confirmed through his 40 years of teaching that Carson definitely had a natural ear for music. It wasn’t long before Carson was playing on stages with talented, seasoned musicians.
At the age of 7, Carson visited the Bean Blossom Blues Festival, which has one of the largest gatherings of harmonica players in the world. Carson decided he wanted to be in the contest the following year. Carson didn’t even own a harmonica.
A few weeks before the contest the following year, Carson received his first Hohner Harmonica. Carson would win the Bean Blossom Blues Fest harmonica contest 4 years in a row. He had the opportunity to jam and learn from Jason Ricci, Charlie McCoy, and Bobby Rush. Five years later at the age of 13, he became the youngest harmonica player endorsed by Hohner.
In 2011 Carson represented the Indiana Blues Society in the youth showcase at the International Blues challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Carson won the right to compete again at the International Blues challenge again in 2012.
Carson is currently working on his first album with Daddy Real Entertainment and Grammy Nominated producer, Paul Mahern.
Carson is proudly endorsed by both Hohner Harmonicas and Shaker Microphones.
Carson is a proud member of the The Blues Foundation.