“Short Time Livin’" is the first single for the new collaborative project between Sydney based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Michael Carpenter, and a host of the most well-respected sideman and artists in the Australian Country Music industry. The project, titled ‘Michael Carpenter & the CRC’ will release this debut track on May 5 through Big Radio Records/RTC Records.
Carpenter is one of the Australian country music scene’s most experienced and well regarded members. As a long term artist with multiple projects (solo, Michael Carpenter and The Banks Brothers, The April Family, Carpenter Caswell, Michael Carpenter and The Cuban Heels), a sideman, a successful producer for literally hundreds of Australia’s country stars – the 5 times Golden Guitar nominee and CMAA board member is well respected and very experienced.
Carpenter has worked with many seasoned musicians over the years, both in the studio and live. He has become friends with many of these fine musicians and on this first single, he has collected performances by Josh Schuberth (drums), Zac Watson (bass), Zane Banks (banjo), Damian Cafarella (electric and acoustic guitars), Jy-Perry Banks (pedal steel) and Sophie Jones (harmony vocals). Carpenter handles acoustic guitar and lead vocals.
“Short Time Livin’" is a beautiful mid-tempo reflection on the fleeting nature of life. The broken loping rhythm is punctuated by the percussive banjo, and framed beautifully by the guitars and pedal steel. All through Carpenter’s vocal, supported in close harmony by Sophie Jones, sounds like a narrator who has lived long enough to know to make the most of what every day brings.