CARSON, BILL - INTERVIEWEE

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CARSON, BILL - INTERVIEWEE

Transcript of oral history interview, 9 September 2013.
Interviewed by Kieran Taylor, from The Citadel's Oral History Initiative.
Language: This interview is in English.
Transcript 43 p.
Final copy prepared November 2017.

Abstract
Bill Carson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in October of 1976, but did not become interested in playing guitar until he was ten years old, just after his family relocated to James Island, South Carolina. Though he joined a band in his senior year of high school, at that time he did not have plans to pursue a music career, and enrolled at the College of Charleston to study philosophy and art. After graduation, Carson began work in a glass shop, but continued playing in different bands in his free time. Today, Carson is known for a vast career that includes writing, recording, and performing music, as well as for his collaborative projects and commissioned productions. He also finds time to be a full time elementary school teacher in his community. In this interview, Carson talks about his formative years, the music that inspired him, and the people who supported him. He affirms that Jump Little Children’s band members trained and nurtured him and describes them as being “like big brothers” to him and many other young local musicians. He remembers his first show, an opening for a band called The Groovy Cools which drew a laughably small audience, and his first serious show with a band called Bud Collins. Carson recalls some of his best experiences playing in an ensemble, especially for the Groundhog Concert Day at the Halsey Institute that brought many of his favorite local musicians together. When asked whether he thought Charleston had a special sound, he stated that he considered Charleston to be special due to its sense of community. Carson finishes his interview by reminiscing about The Opposite of Train, the instrumental trio he formed with Ron Wiltrout and Nathan Koci, and about his 2011 project that documented indigenous music on Johns Island.

A2010.023.21

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