DUANE CARLETON Biography/Discography Details 


Duane Carleton is the newest voice of rural America. His songs capture the essence of working class life. Whether he is describing the everyday people of small town America and their relationships or the struggles that they encounter in their day-to-day lives, he conveys the beauty and tragedy of a disappearing lifestyle. His music, which is a rich blend of Rock, Country, Folk and Blues falls into the Americana genre. He paints a vast and colorful landscape with his songwriting as he covers the spectrum from poetic ballads, to upbeat rockers, to political story songs that could be aptly described as the offspring of The Band and The Allman Brothers.

Duane was born, raised, and continues to reside in rural New England and his upbringing is evident in his work ethic. He currently plays 200 - 300 dates a year, has released 15 albums as well as 2 DVD's. His cd entitled, "Once Lost, Then Torn Down" on the Higher Road Records label, garnered a Tammie award (Times Argus Grammie) for "Best Rock Album" of 2007. He has appeared as a guest on no less than 15 other cd’s by artists as varied as, Bicycle Mary, John Erlandson, and Laura Molinelli. He has opened shows and performed with such luminaries as Rick Danko of The Band, Steve Miller, ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule, Don McLean, Bret Michaels, Eddie Money, Loverboy, The Fixx, Jimmy LaFave, The Smithereens, and Steve Forbert to name just a few.

In addition, his song, "The True American" appeared in the HBO documentary, "Dirty Driving-Thunder Cars of Indiana", the Edgewood Entertainment horror film, "Arachnia" which has been aired on the Starz Edge, Encore, and Encore Action channels featured his song, "Find My Way Down", and the snowboard video, "Pipe Dreams" featured several of his tunes. Most recently, his song, "Long Way Down" was featured in the FX Network drama, "Justified". He has also had songs used in television ads for Killington Ski Resort, Taylor’s Clear River Tavern, and Advance Music Center. His album, "American Boy" contained guest appearances by Garth Hudson of The Band, Meshell Ndegeocello (John Mellencamp, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and a 2009 Grammy nominee) and Joseph Wooten of The Steve Miller Band and The Victor Wooten Band. In 2010 Duane was invited by Michelle Shocked to perform his song "The Ballad of Horace Greene" at one of her shows.

In 2011, Duane released his critically acclaimed album, "Rust" which went on to win the Tammie Award for Best Rock Album as well. He was voted Best Guitarist in the music magazine Cider Mag and was also awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the fans also voted Duane the Favorite Acoustic Act in Cider Mag.

                                    SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY


Tin Pan Alley – “Duane Carleton and Tin Pan Alley”

“Neptune’s Odyssey”

“Blues in a Modern World”

“Ghosts on the Road”

“Last Kiss of Orion”

“ ‘Vegas”

Duane Carleton - "Chasing After the Stars"

"Leaving Despair"

"Live and Alone"

"Once Lost, Then Torn Down"

"One Night In The Clear"

"American Boy"


"A Girl Like That"

Carleton/Gilmour - "Carleton/Gilmour"

Bicycle Mary-"The Other Side of Paradise"

The Heavily Brothers – “Live at Marcia B’s”

“Taylor’s BBQ”

Rick Redington – “Old Friend”

LuAnn McCarthy – “Real Thing”

Laura Molinelli – “Stones”

Steve Grandinetti – “Jonjano’ Baro”

Frank Crocco – “Wake up Heart”

Mike Johnson (Mikey J) – “Life's Road”

John Azer – “Beat a Dead Horse”

“Johnny A” - Johnny Azer

"Johnny Azer - Brand New and Lost Tracks"

Washboard Bill – “Bird on a Rock”

Lloyd Herrmann – “Various Singles”

Robert Wuagneaux - "1-UW/U"

"It's a 1Uful World"

Wayne Surrell - "Wayne S. Surrell"

George Nostrand - "Radio Songs"

John Erlandson - "These Things Matter"

Clovis Roblaine - "Geezer"


"Overtaken by Darkness" by Carl Tone Films

"Divided by Diversity" by Carl Tone Films

Duane Carleton "Live at The Paramount Theatre"

FX Network - "Justified" episode 3

HBO - "Dirty Driving: Thunder Cars of Indiana"

"Wisconsin Rising" - by Sam Mayfield - Lower Third Productions

Fat Films - "Pipe Dreams"

Edgewood Entertainment - "Arachnia"

Carl Tone Productions - "Overtaken By Darkness"



Rick Danko

ZZ Top

Steve Miller

The Smithereens

Don McLean

Warren Haynes

Gov't Mule

Bret Michaels

Robert Randolph and The Family Band

Koko Taylor

Steve Forbert

Eddie Money

New Riders of the Purple Sage


The Fixx


Brian Howe

The Wailers

Toots and The Maytals

Michael Glabicki

Debbie Davies

The V-Roys

William Topley

The Push Stars

Darden Smith

The Rugburns

Jon Finn

Larry Mitchell

Reel Big Fish


Erica Wheeler

Pamela Means

Kerry Kearney

Jim's Big Ego

Love Riot

Neal Casal


Machinery Hall



The Phoids

Tammy Fletcher

The Huge Members

Pete Kilpatrick Band






Rick Danko

Garth Hudson

Joseph Wooten

Me'Shell Ndegeocello

Jimmy LaFave

Roy Wooten

Georgia Jones

Sandra Wright

Clovis Roblaine

Jim Devlin

Myk Sno

Jordan Snow

Love Riot

Duane Carleton and The Backwoods Messiahs

Tin Pan Alley

Bob Boyer

Tim Lynch

Keith McGee

John Hines

Cliff Lyons

Chris Rinaman

Tracy Corry

Sherry Waite

George Schacher

Bob Van Detta

Acoustic Alley

Jim Gilmour

The Stereofidelics

Kort McCumber

Charlie Rockwell

Russ Lawton

Ray Pazkowski

Seth Yacavone

Matt Valerio and The Usual Suspects

Alyssa Valerio

The Spacemonkees

Opal Justice

Bob Wagner

D. Davis

Keeghan Nolan

George Nostrand

Ryan Dubois

Jamie Livesy

The Huge Members

Rick Redington


Glass Fingers


Within Reason

LuAnn McCarthy

Chad Hollister

Johnny and the Hancocks

The Motherpluckers

The Alleycats

Chris Kleeman

Bob Stannard

The Jeezum Crows

Personal Ads

John Lackard

Wayne Surrell

The Heavily Brothers

Special Ed and the All Stars

Jason Cann

Gypsy Reel

Rachel Bissex

Fearless Freep

Art Chase

Robert Wuagneaux


Erik Sack

Joey Leone

John Erlandson

John Azer

Lloyd Herrmann

Mike Johnson

Frank Crocco

Steve Grandinetti

Laura Molinelli

Bicycle Mary

Red Hot Ryder

Bookem Blues Band

Rod Hawkins

Eric Pace

The Clear River Band

Phil Henry

Voodoo Alien Blues Band

Ken French

Any Colour You Like

Louie Reckless

Perry Tuttle

Lauren Weinberg

Tracy Weinberg

Andy Stahl

George Sutton

Jimmy T. Thurston

Lee Ellison

Josh Ellison

Isaiah Ellison

Chris Pallutto

Bob Hesse

Jay Shapiro

Jeff Blackman


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