On Human Rights Day (December 10, 2012), two new cover songs of the human rights anthem “Toast to Freedom” will be released.
On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012, two new versions of “Toast to Freedom,” a song that first appeared in May of 2012 in celebration of the human right’s organization’s 50th anniversary will be released. These new versions, each a unique interpretation of the original, continue to spread the organization’s human rights message.
Carl Carlton & Peter Maffay - Acousticversion at German TV
Together with Peter Maffay, Carl Carlton was guest at german TV on 9th of November, 2012. With support of host Ingo Nommsen they played the song "Toast To Freedom" in a fantastic acoustic version - just listen to and enjoy it:
Carl Carlton & The Songdogs cast Ballot
with Powerful new single, "King Of The USA"
Renowned Musician/Songwriter enters political debate with his unique perspective on U.S. Presidential election
Provocative track heralds much anticipated new album;
“ Lifelong Guarantee” arrives in early 2013
Carl Carlton & The Songdogs has announced the upcoming release of their provocative new single, “King of the USA.” Due TK, the track heralds the internationally acclaimed rock band’s eagerly anticipated new album, “LIFELONG GUARANTEE,” which is slated to arrive early next year.
“King of the USA” sees Carlton a three-time Grammy Award nominee for his extraordinary work as guitarist and producer alongside such legends as Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, and Joe Cocker offering his own unique perspective into the ongoing United States presidential race. The exhilarating track delivers a powerful message of support for President Barack Obama’s reelection while also warning against the potential consequences of a Republican-led government. More significantly, “King of the USA” serves as a kind of rock ‘n’ roll call to arms, inspiring voters with Carlton’s message of “Power to the people, with the power of love!”
“While I am not an American citizen,” Carlton says, “I feel absolutely obliged to contribute to this event which has a definite global impact. If this election took the wrong turn, and I had done nothing to fight or support what I believe in, how could I answer my kids when the inevitable question comes, ‘What did you do when…?’”
The German-born Carlton has long considered himself a citizen of the world, with his deepest roots linking him to the great tradition of American music. A veteran of countless sessions and worldwide tours, he first stepped into centerstage with his own Songdogs in 2001, earning critical praise for their soulful debut album, “REVOLUTION AVENUE.”
Three further albums followed, each one an expression of Carton’s undying affection and appreciation of funk, soul, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll. In 2011, Carlton teamed with fellow guitarist/producer Larry Campbell (Levon Helm Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello) to co-write and produce “Toast To Freedom,” an extraordinary commemorative song celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International. The brainchild of Carlton and longtime music industry executive, activist, and entrepreneur Jochen Wilms in collaboration with Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey, the track sees contributions from nearly 50 artists, including, among others, the late Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Angelique Kidjo, Ewan McGregor, Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Eric Burdon, Taj Mahal, Florent Pagny, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Jimmy Barnes, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Mullins, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
“Toast To Freedom” proved an unqualified global phenomenon, spawning innumerable international interpretations while also drawing critical acclaim from all corners. Here in the United States, Carlton and Campbell celebrated the single’s release with an amazing live rendition of the song on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, accompanied by the all-star “Art For Amnesty Band” (featuring such luminaries as Kris Kristofferson, Shawn Mullins, Theresa Williams, Essie Jain, and Jonny Lang).
The production “KING OF THE USA” sees Carlton and Campbell reteaming at the late, great Levon Helm’s world-renowned studio in Woodstock, New York known far and wide as simply ‘”The Barn.” As ever, Campbell, Carlton and The Songdogs currently comprised of longtime keyboardist Pascal Kravetz, guitarist Moses Mo and bassist Jerry “Wyzard” Seay (both formerly of the legendary funk rock outfit, Mother Finest), and drummer Zach Alford (Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Billy Joel) have crafted a vigorous and distinctive musical melting pot, rich with crafty songwriting, crack musicianship, and ineffable spirit.
“The Barn in Woodstock had become a second home to us thanks to our brothers Levon Helm and Larry Campbell,” Carlton says. “We, the Songdogs, had worked with Levon for more than a decade and he meant the world to us. His studio, his team and the wonderful people of Woodstock took us right in. And with Larry Campbell at the helm, we had a blast.”
"Carl Carlton is an immensely talented European artist with a unique respect and understanding of American music,” Larry Campbell says. “Levon and I felt like he was part of the family here in Woodstock and I look forward to further collaborations in the future."
Filmmaker Tine Kluth captured the spirit of the song on an outstanding animated music video. Kluth is known for her work in London for awarded animated film projects and for her work for Aardmans “Shaunthe sheep” and “Timmytime”.
While the song’s passionate political message is undeniably a strong one, Carlton has also imbued it with remarkable wit and humanity, projecting his own fantasy reign as “the righteous King of the USA.” No less an authority than Carlton’s longtime friend, the master composer/producer Van Dyke Parks, has hailed the track as “a beautiful lyric in all ways…in step with the kind of direct observations now found in Ry Cooder’s work.”
“We want and need to be disruptive to wake up indecisive minds before this election is done and dusted,” Carlton says. “We’d like to prevent the innocent sleepers from the biggest hangover they might ever experience. But we also aimed to bring some humor back in this tooth and claw situation. Even in the hardest and dangerous times, artists always took the piss out of their oppressors and many a time paid with their lives. Thanks to our ongoing fight for human rights, at least in the western world we don't need to fear these kinds of consequences anymore. But voters of the world still need to wake up and keep their eyes open.”
Teaser for King Of The USA
Song "King Of The USA" available from 2nd November 2012 as Download!
Carl Carlton @ Electric Burma - concert for Aung San Suu Kyi
On Monday, 8th of June, 2012 there will be a special event in Dublin named "Electric Burma": Artists from all corners of the globe will play a concert for Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi geben.
There is included a special version of "Toast To Freedom" celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International. Carl Carlton will led an all-star band,performing this song he wrote together with Larry Campbell.
Bono, Lupe Fiasco, Vanessa Redgrave, Bob Geldorf, Angelique Kidjo, Damien Rice, Riverdance, Jack Gleeson, Yungchen Lhamo, Sarah Nemtanu, Vyvienne Long, Romain Descharmes, Declan O'Rourke, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Donal Lunny, Martin Hayes, Wu'er Kaixi, Carl Carlton.
Amnesty International is concluding its 50th anniversary year celebrations with release of "Toast To Freedom", a new and exclusive commemorative song, performed by a spectacular selection of about 50 iconic artists. (Release-date: 3rd of May 2012).
Written by veteran guitarist/producers Carl Carlton (Robert Palmer, Eric Burdon, Keb Mo) and Larry Campbell (Levon Helm Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello), "Toast To Freedom" is the brainchild of longtime music industry executive, activist, and entrepreneur Jochen Wilms in collaboration with Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey.
Result of survey - your favourite-Songs for Best-Of CD!!
We want to provide an inside at the result of the survey. To leave it late, here is only your Top-10 (alphabetical order). We ask for your understanding, that this result is only assistance for Carl & Songdogs and that it's possible, that the songs on the CD will be different!
SURVEY-RESULT (Top 10):
Coming Home (Live)
Days Of Magic (Live)
Foot On The Rock
Hole In My Soul
Keep On Swingin'
Love, Understanding & Respect (Live)
Spoke On The Wheel
Survey about your favourite songs for a best-of CD!!
Carl & Songdogs need our help ;) There are plans for a release of a Best-Of-Album (we can't tell you more at the moment...) - and the Dogs want to know, what songs you like best ... so let's go and vote for your 12 favourites!
SURVEY ENDED (end 28.05.2011)
NOTE: It's only possible to vote once per IP!
If the survey doesn't start and you see advertise, your IP is registered and you voted once before.
"MidnightRambleAllStars" with Carl Carlton again on board of ROCKLINER !!
In May 2010 started the first "Rockliner" with Udo Lindenberg on board of the ship "MeinSchiff". Now there is a second journey planned, for four days from Kiel (Germany) via Kopenhagen (Danmark) to Oslo (Norway). Besides Udo Lindenberg & Band there will be on board guest-stars such as Ich + Ich and also once again the MidnightRAmbleAllStars .
Date of the journey: 28th of August to 1st of September 2010
Carl Carlton & The Songdogs were on stage twice at the Tennistournament GERRY WEBER OPEN 2010 in Halle (with a bit modified line-up).
On Saturday evening they played some old Coversongs in the VIP-Area and with other guest-musician they played as a "AllStars-Formation" amongst others with Max Buskohl as special guest and Thomas Muster (Ex-Tennisprofi), Felicia Taylor (Gospel), Julia Neigel and Steffi Stephan. On Sunday afternoon after a "public soundcheck" there was the concert at the public area in the evening to close the day with Songdogs-Songs.
Line-Up: Carl Carlton - Vocals, Guitar
Pascal Kravetz - Keys, Guitra, Vocals
Bertram Engel - Drums, Vocals
Ken Taylor - Bass, Vocals
Max Buskohl - Special Guest / Vocals
There are some new photos in the "Solo-Gallery" from Carl's guitar-sessions at Jean-Jacques Kravetz Jubilè in Hamburg at 31.05.08. Furthermore there are some photos of Rocklegendsadventure! Thanks to all photographers!
Information about song on new album!
New star on the rise- Jill Stevenson (www.jillstevenson.com) duetts with Carl on her exceptionally ingenious song "DREAMER". The song will be on the new Songdogs album "SONGS FOR THE LOST AND BRAVE". The album has been recorded during March/April/May at Levon Helm's Studio in Woodstock, New York.
There's a new Songdog in the kennel, Mr. Zack Alford on drums! more information: www.zackalford.com
Single-Release from next album
Carl and the boys donate the first single of the forthcoming album to Emmanuel Jal's (Film WARCHILD) GUA foundation (www.guaafricaonline.com), helping boysoldiers in Sudan back on track.
The single will feature also Max Buskohl and Eric Burdon!
Rock Legends Adventure - Rock your dream, get on stage!
21.-25. May 2008
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime evening at the Rock Legends Adventure 2008 grand finale concert!
Tickets for the finale concert can be ordered now for EUR 25 plus presale charges at Koelnticket.de
more information you can find at Website of Rock Legends Adventure
New CD in process!
The new CD will be recorded end of February and the expected release-date will be in May 2008.
Rock Legends Adventure - Rock your dream, get on stage!
21.-25. Mai 2008
This is your opportunity for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience with the legends of rock!
The Rock Legends Band features world-renowned rock musicians who have played all of the world's major concert venues
The following musicians participate in the Rock Legends Band in 2008:
** John Miles (Jimmy Page, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker)
** Bobby Kimball (TOTO)
** Miller Anderson (Spencer Davis Group, Keef Hartley Band)
** Paul Thompson (Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music)
** Ollie Marland (Tina Turner, John Miles, Cher)
** Herman Rarebell (Scorpions)
** Carl Carlton (Udo Lindenberg, Peter Maffay)
** Pete York (Spencer Davis, York & Hardin, Superdrumming)
** Leland Sklar (Phil Collins uvm.)
...and many more!
Carl as Jury-Member at new casting-show "SSDSDSSWEMUGABRTLAD" of Stefan Raab!
Beginning of the show is on 22.10.2007, first broadcast with Carl as a jury-member of the casting-show "Stefan sucht den Superstar, der singen soll, was er (oder sie) möchte und gerne auch bei RTL auftreten darf!" ("Stefan is looking for a superstar, who should and can sing what he/she wants.") is on 25.10.2007 at 10:30 pm on german TV Pro7.
New Album for EMI in the planning...release not before Feb 2008.
The Route is back on track!...details coming soon...
Patrik Berger and Carl Carlton produce Empty Trash album for EMI. Release expected Nov 07
... back from Canada touring with Eric Burdon and, ... oh yeah, Hilton Valentine, the original "house of the rising sun" guitar-man joined the tour! First song I ever played... what an honour!!!
29.06.2007 (Edit on 04.07.07)
Max Buskohl & Carl Carlton at PRO 7
Pro 7 on 31.07.07 at 9:15 to 10:15 pm
"We are Family - The Promi Special" provides an exclusive insight into the family life of DSDS-dissident Max Buskohl. Now 18 years of age and residing with his parents in Berlin, he wants to follow in his fathers footsteps, who is currently the guitarist of Udo Lindenberg and previously of Peter Maffay. Together they are creating new material in their own studio. "We are Family" follows the family of Buskohl through Berlin and continue to accompany them to Dublin...
Repeat on 01.08.07 - 0:40 am (night from Wed to Thu)
Carl's work at "Neues vom Wixxer":
For the new cinema-film "Neues vom Wixxer" - Carl was responsible for the work in the studio with all the ambitious musicians. He attented to the optimal sound of the film and supplied a top-class band for the Soundtrack-CD of "Neues vom Wixxer" to SONY BMG
The result of all this work is a soundtrack, which you should see and hear and not miss out!I
Release of the film (in german cinema) : 22th of March, 2007
This is a 4-part co-production of the channels MDR, WDR and LOOKS Film & TV. In cooperation with ARTE. Supported by MDM and MEDIA.
Based on the dramatization concept of "Life behind the wall" the documentation "Napoleon und die Deutschen" will show a unique insight into everyday-life under the french emporer. Contemporary witnesses tells of the revolutions, which evolved under the rule of the emporer.
Carl Carlton has written the film soundtrack to accompany this 4-part-documentary in cooperation with Markus Löhr. It's possible to hear the unmistakable sounds, as we did at the documentation "Life behind the walls".
News - or should I better say a "review" ? There are some changes on Carl's official website, but it's more a review than news for the future.
Because of the fact, that the official site is english and you can read all the news there - please, just have a look on www.carlcarlton.com - we'll try to make a short briefing on this site - but this can take some days...
There will be a new season of the series "Life behind the wall". Again, the filmmusic- except the titlesong (Udo Lindenberg) is written by Carl Carlton, Markus Löhr and Pascal Kravetzwithout the title song is written by Carl Carlton, Markus Löhr and Pascal Kravetz. >> Broadcasting dates << Furthermore we got the information that there will be another broadcasting with these three and two new parts in the year 2006 on MDR-Television.
By the way - a maxi-CD is available with the title-song and with two more songs - written by Carl. (CD at Amazon)
more news ...
... will follow soon - we hope so! Carl and his management are working hard. As soon as we knew something interesting wie will tell you!
Carl leaves Maffay-Band
By mutual consent Carl Carlton and Peter Maffay official seceded last friday, 26th of August 2005. Carl won't play any more gigs with and for Maffay. An official information for the press will follow!
Carl is back
At the official website you'll find a letter with comment's from Carl. He is back after about a six-month's absence and has told us that he will do a minimal amount of work on the website.Carl worked with Peter Maffay and has been having some sessions with friends including Eric Burdon, besides song writing, he is spending most of his time working for The Route.
Working in Los Angeles with Eric Burdon on his new album at Johnny Lee Schell's studio was a blast (says Carl). It was a great honor for him to play with great musicians, like Tony Braunagel, Mike Finnigan, Reggie McBride, Jim Keltner, Johnny Lee Schell and Hutch Hutchinson.
Sure they'll make a new album and tour with the Songdogs, no doubt about it but first things first. He is in such pleasant anticipation to produce the album for The Route with all these amazing musicians and be actually on this wonderful ship for a few months.
Also Carl got the Adolf Grimme-TV-Award and the Hans Klein-Media-Award for his soundtrack of Once upon a time in the GDR (Damals in der DDR-Looks Productions). Our congratulations for this!
New Song by Carl performed at the Maffay OpenAir-Tour
As advertised from Carl - he sings a new song called "White Light" at the OpenAir-Tour. It sounds very interesting!
Thanks to the official Maffay-Site/Forum and to a visitor at the OpenAir in Bad Segeberg - The dates for the indoor-tour are announced!
Udo-Tour / Website!
Carl is still working on THE ROUTE and this is the reason why he won't be with Udo Lindenberg on the following tour-dates. More information will follow soon.
Furthermore the official homepage of Carl will soon be updated. Just have a look for it.
Songdogs-Tour - cancelled!
Today we got the official information that the CaHoots & Roots tour finaly has been cancelled. The gig in April will not take place.
The CaHoots & Roots tour will start on 23rd of April 2005 in Halle/Westfalen. The drummer will be Wayne P. Sheehy. More information as soon as possible! Furthermore Carl works on a project, in which he want to create a individual rehab center (for musicians, artists and actors) near Cologne together with doctors and psychologists. Comparable with the rehab clinic for musicians in the Caribean, created from Eric Clapton. (source: www.carl-carlton.de)
On 3rd of November '04 is born Summer Florence Rose Ivory-Sheehy, the daughter of our Songdogs-Drummers Wayne. Congratulations of the team www.carl-carlton.net and we wish a lot of health for the baby!
You could send your congratulations to firstname.lastname@example.org (mails will be forwarded).
Mo & Wyzard - News:
Expected release of DVD "Mothers Finest at Rockpalast" has been postboned to 8th of November 2004. Bye it e.g. at JPC, for more information about Mothers Finest click HERE
The film-music for the 4-part-TV-Documentation "Life Behind The Wall" is written by Carl Carlton, Pascal Kravetz and Markus Löhr. For more information have a look at Projekte.
Today we got the confirmation that Carl expected will be playing on all tourdates of Udo Lindenberg!
We're sorry - Carl told us today:
Due to various reasons there will be no more tour-dates in 2004. The expected CaHoots & Roots tour will now be in February 2005.
According to info on the SPV-Site the release-date for the new CD "CaHoots & Roots" will be on 13.09.04. The order of these tracks is a little bit different, however this doesn't bother us!
As Part of the Olympic-TV-Show "Athen 2004 - The Gala" (on ARD) - Carl will be there on stage with Udo Lindenberg.
Otherwise Carl will be on tour at the confirmed dates and in addition to this he enjoying his vacation with his family
The new CD "CaHoots & Roots" will expected to be released in September 2004.
For most of this summer Carl will spending time in Portugal to make (among other things) the preparations for the new album, which is expected to be recorded at the end of 2004.
Furthermore Carl works on a project, in which he want to create a individual rehab center (for musicians, artists and actors) near Cologne together with doctors and psychologists. Comparable with the rehab clinic for musicians in the Caribean, created from Eric Clapton.