Country singer Deana Carter is mourning the weekend loss of
her father, session guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.
Mr. Carter, 76, died Saturday of “stroke-related causes” at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center, according to a release from Deana Carter’s management company.
Fred Carter, Jr. was born in the Louisiana Delta and landed his first gig as a professional
musician playing on the Louisiana Hayride. He moved to Nashville in the
late ’50s and soon became an in-demand session guitarist playing on recordings for
artists including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Kris Kristofferson.
Mr. Carter was also a songwriter who wrote with heavy-hitting writers including
Nelson, Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard. Dean Martin, Chet Atkins
and Burl Ives are among the artists who recorded his songs.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anna; sons Ronnie and Jeff; daughter
Deana Carter; and five grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Carter are set for Tuesday at Woodlawn Roesch Patton
Funeral Home at 660 Thompson Lane in Nashville. Visitation is noon-2:30 p.m.
with the funeral scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. in the building’s chapel.
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