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The best kept secret in music


David Carr
December 1998

by Karen L. Wisotkey

From the first note, Ambrosia has a soothing effect. The backdrop of light, airy flute behind mellow acoustic guitar softens each cut of Ambrosia. This unique blend of folk and blues is complemented by lyrics that give a very simplistic and nostalgic portrayal of some very serious social issues, including homelessness, racism, and life and death.

David Carr’s song writing style is like that of a storyteller — encouraging the listener to envision the scenery and actions that are prevalent in his approach to exploring social issues. Ambrosia has a local flavor — often mentioning local landmarks in the story-telling lyrics as in “Remember This Day” and “Miles of Smiles.”

In a society where African-American musicians lean toward hip-hop, rap, and gospel styles, it is refreshing to hear Carr bringing the African-American voice into acoustic music. By recording Ambrosia, Carr has released his music to a broader public than just those who may happen to hear him live in a coffeehouse or outdoor setting.

Though Ambrosia contains only seven cuts, Carr has covered a wide range of topics with his lyrics. Whether you’re looking for background music to relax by or you’re interested in lyrics that have some real substance, give Ambrosia a listen. It’s a fine taste of what our non-mainstream musical artists have to offer. - MODE Magazine


Independent Albums
(1) Ambrosia - 7 tracks [1998]
(2) Live From Dauphin - 11 tracks [2002]
(3) Rupture - 8 tracks [2006]


Feeling a bit camera shy


A transplanted 70's Army dependent by way of Frankfurt, Germany, David Carr is calling South Central Pennsylvania home. A graduate of Camp Hill's Cedar Cliff High School with Bachelor and Master degrees from Shippensburg University, he is starting to feel comfortable living in the Harrisburg area. "My folks asked me to move out to Chicago. I like Harrisburg."

Carr has created an unmistakable signature acoustic sound that is hard to categorize. It's a unique combination of voice and words that demands attention. Listeners leave his coffeehouse gigs at St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown, PA with more than a great cup of java. He explains, "I’m more of a songwriter than a singer. I write about places and events while spinning ideas around them. There's a reason for singing every one of my songs. I'm telling you something and making a point." Two songs from his current independent album "Rupture" are stirring examples of his songwriting. The first track "Songwriter, Peacemaker, Schoolteacher" takes a swipe at the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act while "My Anna" is a tribute to a father-daughter moment.

If you're unfamiliar with the music of David Carr, catch him at the 10th Annual Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA. Carr smiles, "I'm an old school, full time student, always doing something new and different."


David Carr
P.O. Box 5073
Harrisburg, PA 17110-0073