Our dear friend and management client, the acclaimed songwriter and performer Dave Carter passed away on Friday July 19, 2002 in Hadley, Massachusetts of a heart attack, while beginning the next phase of their summer tour schedule with his partner Tracy Grammer.                                                                               www.daveandtracy.com

Both professionally and personally I was captivated by the words, the melodies, and the aura of David, and I will not ever forget the journey we all took. I was proud of the success we achieved along that path together, and am enriched by the time spent representing the music of Dave and Tracy. He was truly a gentle soul, who saw beauty and magic in everything he found, and excelled in his efforts to treat the whole wide world around him with respect and grace. Tracy continues to explore the depth and multiple interpretations of his writing in her live performance and choice of recorded material.

There have been thousands upon thousands of words written in Dave’s memory, and as a tribute to his impact in the songwriting community. Although I would be humbled to contribute my own eulogy to the legacy of Dave Carter, I found the writings of others to be more widescope and ultimately more comforting to me. From the Los Angeles Times to the New York Times, from Portland to Boston to Philadelphia to Oklahoma and towns in between, many newspapers and journals told the sad news of Dave’s passing with great reverence and factual detail.

Rest in Peace.


“Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer belong at the top of any short list of up-and-coming American folk performers.” – Dirty Linen

“Beautifully intonated lines…a darkly beautiful voice” – The Oregonian

“it takes something extra special to literally revolutionize the genre. Well, Carter and Grammer have done just that” – The Album Network

WFUV – New York – #33 Album in Listener Poll
WFMT – Chicago – #3 Album of the Year
WXPN – Philadelphia – #16 Album in Listener Poll
WUMB – Boston – #4 Album of the Year
WYEP – Pittsburgh – #14 Album in Listener Poll
WMNF – Tampa – #2 Most Played Album of the Year
KUNC – Colorado – Best Emerging Artist of the Year
KANU – Kansas – Contemporary Folk Album of the Year

Kerrville New Folk, Winner
Wildflower Performing Songwriter, Winner
Napa Valley Emerging Songwriter, Winner
Sisters Folk Festival Song Contest, Winner

2001 drum hat buddha [Signature Sounds]
2001 40th Anniversary Philadelphia Folk Festival [Sliced Bread]
2000 Tanglewood Tree [Signature Sounds]
2000 Live at the World Cafe – Volume 11 [World Cafe]
1999 Solid Heart – A Benefit for In Harmony [Red House]
1998 When I Go [Red River Records]