John William Carlson

“John Carlson writes songs with warmth and intelligence…a rare combination these days”


All Types Of Kinds

‘If I close my eyes your words and guitar weave a beautiful tapestry of cerebral images.’ states All Types of Kinds, an Indie/Alternative group of 4 singer/songwriters from the New York City and Connecticut area.


Pierce Pettis

Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter, Pierce Pettis, who wrote Garth Brooks’ hit ‘You Move Me’, says of Carlson’s writing, ‘John Carlson writes songs with warmth and intelligence…a rare combination these days’.


David Sardinha

“John Carlson plays many of the same notes and chords that other more well-known musicians play. He just does it in a different order and a different way.” says David Sardinha, Promoter, Six String Presents.

Brief Bio

John William Carlson is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Holly Springs, North Carolina. He recently finished a week long writing session with 4 time Grammy Nominee, Darrell Scott at his ‘SongFood’ writer’s retreat in Nashville. Upon returning home, Carlson said, “I’ve written songs the better part of my life, but Darrell caused me see and hear things in my art and craft in a completely different light and context. I feel super-charged to write without limits.” 

True to his upbringing, musically, John roams a lot of ranges from Americana, Folk, Country and Gospel to gritty slide blues. In a recent interview, John stated, ‘All music is good music to me.’ When pressed about writing original music, John said, ‘It just depends on the song. Ultimately, the song picks what it wants and needs to be and you just go with it’.

John is also a veteran of multiple Songwriting Retreats in Nashville and North Carolina hosted by Grammy Award Winner Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris, Civil Wars, Alison Krauss). John has shared stages with Nashville Hall of Fame Songwriter, Richard Leigh, Country Artist Scotty McCreery, Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Pierce Pettis and the late David Olney.

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Featured Song
“What a busy day”

Upcoming Shows

Right now my plan for 2018 has been to spend more time writing music than playing gigs…but you know how hard it is for me to say ‘no’ when friends or my favorite venues call! 

  • Friday, Nov. 30, Solo Show, 9pm-mid at Abbey Road Tavern & Grill, 711 Main St., Fuquay
  • Saturday, Dec 1, 7pm, Lead Guitar for Bud Moffett, Aversboro Restaurant, Garner, 1411 Aversboro Rd., Garner
  • Saturday, Dec 15, 8pm Lead Guitar for Bud Moffett Christmas Party, Bombshell Brewery, Holly Springs