Carter Hulsey

Carter Hulsey (born June 28, 1988) is an American alt-country singer songwriter from Joplin, Missouri. Being raised by his mother and father gave him daily musical exposure to the likes of Willie Nelson, Elton John, and Jerry Jeff Walker — all on vinyl, of course. At age 13, Hulsey found his father’s acoustic Guild guitar, and his long love for music finally came to a head. He started writing songs. Hulsey’s sound and talent was developed with four bands prior to his breakaway as a solo artist in 2008. Hulsey blends honest lyrics, catchy melodies, undeniable hooks, folk and rock.



Three albums and five years later, Hulsey released his newest album, Drive Out, on February 4, 2014. This album that takes a modern twist on “country” with raw emotion, a deep groove and clever storytelling. The strength of the material and performance suggest Hulsey has curated his personal sound and his music is all the better for it. The low-key folk-rock blends with an ambient sound to create a haunting and unique vibe bound to keep the listener coming back for more. Hulsey has a talent for continuing the deep felt conversation with listeners with an intentional voice for love, loss, travel and the grit of southern culture with ease. Hulsey harnesses the story, channels, and delivers to the listener.



Hulsey is known for his captivating live performance delivered with intensity and purpose. It is often lamented that this sound that cannot be captured in the studio. Hulsey’s writing style is that of the un-reliable narrator, assuming the character of others with a talent in telling their story. His concepts and narratives are inspired by great storytellers such as Steven King, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Hit and David Sedaris with musical influence by Todd Snider, Ryan Adams, John Prine, Guy Clark, and Gillian Welch.

Songwriter/singer and namesake “Gooding” and his musical family, Billy Driver, Jesse Rich and Erin O' Neill, have been touring and recording non-stop for the better part of their lives. Their shows are infused with the confident energy and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion that only comes from childhood friends living out their dream on the road. Audiences witness what is almost a secular church revival: thundering drums and bass, soaring harmonies, blazing guitars, poignant lyrics, all delivered with enough soul and honesty to make the most jaded critic remember why every kid at one point has thought about grabbing a guitar, or a set of drum sticks.

Through relentless touring and honest interaction with their fans, music on Criminal Minds, Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show, DVDs of Iron Man 2 and Walk the Line, the band is building the kind of brick by brick long-standing career that major label artists aim for, but doing it with their fans along for every step of the ride. They drive a crowd-funded bus lovingly called "lil red #1" which runs their portable studio off solar panels, and they consider a huge step up from the vans and trailers they have ran into the ground through non-stop touring in the midwest.

“We have paid our dues with stolen gear, vans breaking down and catching fire, cooking ramen in the coffee pot at motel 6, all night drives through black ice and tornados, shows with broken bones, no sleep, no clean clothes… each and every setback just made us more of a family. A real band was made to play live on the road and this extended family has tested it’s metal and found it can get through anything together. We are having more fun than ever, the songs for the new record came quick and this band nailed 'em down to tape faster than anything I've seen".

Besides being a ferocious live performer and a relentlessly prolific songwriter, Gooding feels that making music and being in the public eye serves no purpose if it’s not serving the greater good.

2010 saw the band from Wichita hitting every state in the lower 48. Their 7 months of non-stop travel included shows donated to 16 Military Bases and Walter Reed Hospital, and the band was honored with a private tour of the White House.

Gooding’s support for the PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) has afforded him the opportunity to be an honorary committee member on a short list that includes talents such as Woody Harrelson, Alec Baldwin and Tobey Macguire.

GOODING helped found the 501(c)3 charity "FundingTheFutureLive.org" to perform and talk to high school students about financial literacy. If history is any guide, nothing will stop these 4 musicians from bringing their music to a town near you soon….

Me Like Bees is an Indie Rock band hailing from the heart of Joplin, Missouri. Formed in 2009 the band has traveled thousands of miles and played hundreds of shows across the nation. By 2013, they released their first full length record “The Ides” (LoveWay Records) produced by Jeff Smith (Never Shout Never, Trust Company, Carter Hulsey).
In June of 2013, Me Like Bees won a spot to compete in the Ernie Ball Music Man Battle of the Bands (17th Consecutive Year). After surpassing many opponents and outlasting over 20,000 other bands they advanced to the final round. Me Like Bees won the final showcase at the House Of Blues in Hollywood California in January of 2014.
In 2015 after completing a leg on the Van’s Warped Tour, Me Like Bees finished their new EP “There Will Be Time” with award-winning producer John Feldmann (Five Seconds of Summer, The Used, Panic! at the Disco, Goldfinger, Good Charlotte, Plain White T’s). There Will Be Time was positively received by many outlets, and Alternative Press gave it 4 stars. Upon the release of There Will Be Time, they embarked on a nation wide tour with Never Shout Never (Warner Bros); spanning from the world famous Troubadour in Hollywood, California to Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
They are currently teamed up with Image Comics' The REALM and releasing songs coinciding with each issue in the first story arc. The River Divides, the single from the upcoming EP, is out now and the full EP is set to release in March 2018.

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