Jason Carter was born February 1, 1973 in Ashland, Kentucky. He grew up in Greenup County. His dad started teaching him guitar when he was eight years old, and a few years later he started on mandolin. It was all he wanted to do.
Through his high school years, Jason was able to attend several bluegrass festivals, courtesy of his dad and uncle. He kept on trying to learn those Tony Rice guitar breaks, that was much more interesting then his biology homework! When he was 16 years old Jason heard Del McCoury for the first time…and that’s when he picked up the fiddle.
The summer of 1991 brought a close to his high school years and it was also the year he landed his first professional job. He worked six months for The Goins Brothers playing fiddle and traveling mostly on the East Coast. In February of 1992 The Goins Brothers played in Nashville, Tennessee with Del McCoury; Jason asked him for a job. Two weeks later he was back in Nashville trying out. They played in Nashville, West Memphis and Garland, Texas and when they got home they told him that he had the job. He’s been with the band ever since.
Since then Jason has relocated to Nashville and it’s been more than a dream come true for him. He feels very fortunate to be able to play with some of his musical heros and to travel the world playing bluegrass music.
Jason’s interests besides his music include sports of any kind and gardening. When asked what the best thing about being in The Del McCoury Band was he replied, “It’s hard to list only one thing. Of course the music, the friendships, playing in Europe and on the Grand Ole Opry, Jean’s cookin’!! But most of all standing on stage, watching Del sing and play his guitar.”
Home – Cottontown, Tennessee. Hobbies – fishing, hunting, gardening, golf