July 28th, 2022 7pm Stage 3
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Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Zoe grew up in Washington D.C. and has been playing guitar since her father gave her his Guild 12-string when she was thirteen, prompting her to abruptly abandon the violin, an instrument she’d been studying since toddlerhood.
But while music was her first love, journalism was her first career. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Zoe has written for numerous national magazines (The New York Times, Newsweek, Vogue) and, in 2010, published an award-winning memoir, Imperfect Endings.
Throughout this time, she was quietly honing her craft as a singer, songwriter, and guitar player, even when her main audience was her two young daughters, both of whom learned to sing a mean harmony.
After leaving New York City for the Bay Area, she began playing with local bands – Do Wrong Right, The Deadliners, Rolling Thunder (a Bob Dylan cover band), and Sugartown, an Americana string band that found a large and enthusiastic audience for their yearly “Day of the Dead” concerts featuring songs by recently departed musical greats.
In 2018, Sugartown released a CD of Zoe’s original songs, Waiting for the Earthquake. “The album’s direct and piercing lyrics pull no punches,” says award-winning producer/songwriter Monica Pasqual. “And its haunting melodies are perfectly suited to Zoe’s rich and evocative voice.”
Her first solo LP, Waterlines was released March 26, 2021, to rave reviews. “There aren’t any boring moments on Waterlines. They’re all well-crafted songs. On 'Below the Waterline,' Zoe sounds like she’s channeling the songwriting style of Nanci Griffith thru a Mary Chapin Carpenter tone” (Americana Highways). “A haunting spirit and a cinematic backdrop to a very articulate and vocally diverse album” (Take Effect). “The album has the heart-tugging, tightly produced feel of Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Lowell George and Little Feat and the other great LPs of that decade” (San Francisco journalist David Talbot). "Zoe’s impressive acoustic guitar-picking is evident, and the songs on the record are delivered in a variety of styles that highlight their spirited lyrics and her often-ironic sense of humor”(East Bay Express). “A beguiling set of songs exploring stylistic territory beyond her Americana comfort zone"(Berkeleyside).
Her music video from the album, I Wanna Be A Teenage Boy, won Best New Music Video at the IndieEye film festival and her video, Below the Waterline, premiered on Americana UK. The videos can be found on her YouTube channel.
She is planning to go into the studio in early 2022 to start recording a new body of songs — many of them written during the pandemic — and hopes to have a new album out by the end of the year.