Bruce Carpenter is a songwriter from Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. He resides on a farm there with his wife Kym, many dogs and not enough cows. His day job is selling Caterpillar Equipment for the past 28 years.
Music is part of his earliest memories. “The radio played all the time with what we now call Classic Country. My mother knew every song, all the words and who was singing it. Bluegrass was hard to find on the local radio and you had to go to church, county fairs or people’s houses to hear it.” He recalls a parent/teacher visit to elementary school where his father told the teacher to start singing the lessons and he would remember every line. Raised with a strong Christian faith, his earliest musical experience was singing “Rank Stranger” with Walter Bailes (from the Bailes Brothers) and Rabe Perkins at a church hymn sing at 5 years old.
Though he has written on and off all his life he never took it seriously until 2012 and claims “some of my best songs hit the waste basket before anyone ever heard them. Putting them out there means somewhat baring your soul and that take a courage I didn’t have in my younger years.” He credits his lyrical mentors as Tom T Hall, Kris Kristofferson and Harry Chapin. “If I’m going to write something, it will most likely tell a story.”
Bruce is anxious to attend his first Smokey Mountain Songwriters Festival where he intends to hone his skills with the knowledge and experience obtained from the workshop presenters and the interaction with other songwriters.