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The Carter Twins perform at Berkeley County Youth Fair

August 05, 2010|By TIFFANY ARNOLD
  • Pop-country duo Zach and Josh Carter are headlining the Berkeley County Youth Fair. The Carter Twins perform Saturday night.
Courtesy of the Carter Twins,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --The Carter Twins whetted fans' appetites with the a self-titled, four-song EP, a performance on the 2009 CMT Awards and the twins' contribution of "Let it Snow" on "A Very Special Christmas 7," a compilation album for the Special Olympics.

But all that was last year. The new material is still in the works.

"There are a lot of fans who are like, 'Would you please put it out already?'" said Zach Carter. "We're right there with you. It's in the process, but all I can promise is that it's going to be -- well, we think it's going to be good."

The Twins said they plan to give fans a sense of where the they're headed musically on Saturday night at the Berkeley County Youth Fair. The Carter Twins are the headlining act and are booked for a show on the fair's final night.

Pop-country duo The Carter Twins are composed of 20-year-old twins Josh and Zach Carter whose debut single "Heart Like Memphis" received some play on CMT.

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At the time of this interview, the guys were taking a mental break in Nashville, Tenn. Lately, the twins have been ruminating over which songs to put on their next album.

"We are at the picking-the-songs stage," Zach Carter said. "It's one of those things fans will be excited about because they've been waiting a while."

Josh and Zach were born in Akron, Ohio, and lived in South Carolina, before catching the attention of CMT and music producers in Los Angeles. They got their first behind-the-curtain look at what it's like to be an up-and-coming country artist from their mom, radio personality Debbie Carter.

"The first concert Josh and I remember seeing with my mom?" Zach said. "She got the Dixie Chicks when they were first starting out for nothing, like $2,000."

Zach -- who did most of the talking during the interview -- also recalled seeing Kenny Chesney. "Not in concert, but I remember seeing him in the office doing the same things that we do, the radio visits and everything."

The twins moved to Nashville to pursue a dream of being full-time musicians and wrote hundreds of songs in the six months that followed. All that writing placed them on the verge of brain drain.

"We got burnt out, " Zach said. "It was just too much for us."

The lesson here? "You learn to build in breaks," Josh said.

The good news, the twins said, is that there are plenty of finished songs to show for the toil. They hoped Carter Twin followers would appreciate the wait for a full-length album, which they've been promoting on tour.

It's a bit of a family affair. The twins said their mother makes some of the tour stops. Their dad, Scott Carter, is their tour-bus driver. This means taking care of business.

"To be honest, we always joke that we're the biggest group of losers," Zach said laughing. "We don't do anything. You hear these wild stories about other groups who do wild things on tour buses. We're just not like that. We're really calm. There's not really a lot of shenanigans that happen. We're jokesters, but we're really mellow. We're losers."

When asked if they had girlfriends, Zach, answering for both, said that music was their girlfriend "because she is really needy."




If you go ...



WHAT: Carter Twins concert

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7

WHERE: Berkeley County Youth Fair, Fairgrounds, off Country Club Road, Berkeley County, W.Va. The concert will be in the amphitheater.

COST: Fair admission costs $5; free admission for ages 12 and younger.

MORE: Follow the Carter Twins at twitter.com/cartertwins .

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