June 2021 posted by on June 15, 2021

Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers
It’s June 15 2021….

California has officially re-opened and Dodger Stadium is packed to full capacity !! In the words of John Fogerty …..”put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.”


My phone has started to ring again these past few weeks so I m playing a bit more and I’m feeling alot better about this summer. I don’t hink it’s just Baseball players who will stay busy. I’m swinging the bat for all my musician friends. Come on guys let’s suit up and play gigs again ! “put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.”

Saturday Nights 5:30-9:30 pm ………The Toasted Barrel ………1300 El Sobrante Rd. Corona 92879 ………951-737-9463

I’m still Zooming away on Guitar Lessons from Los Angeles to Manhattan to Puerto Rico to Chicago. if you are in the West Covina area I’m teaching in person from my home studio also.


Stay Healthy … Stay Blessed
Mark
626-485-9266 …..

May 2021 posted by on May 14, 2021

Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers


I ain’t got no crystal ball……just my faith.

Things seem to be moving along in our world again,and I’m so grateful . This past week I turned down 2 jobs because I was already booked and that’s a positive sign for me. Last month I performed at 10 different private events that came in very quickly. The wheels are a turning……Thank God !


In the meantime … There’s new songs to learn, new songs to write, new lessons to teach and new lessons to learn !


Saturday Nights 5:30-9:30 pm The Toasted Barrel 1300 El Sobrante Rd. Corona 92879 951-737-9463


And I my Zoom Guitar Lessons are pretty busy now. But there’s always room for one more..So grab your Guitar and let’s Go….

Stay healthy & blessed
Mark
626-485-9266 mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

April 2021 posted by on April 4, 2021
Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers
Just like many of you, I am hopeful our world is starting to move
in the right direction while we move past this health crisis.
My phone has been ringing once again the past few weeks
and several jobs have came back and a previous restaurant.
These are positive signs in my life and I believe everyone
I’m working for is still being careful in serving.

So…When you are ready…..(Reservations are a good idea)
April 9, 10, 17, 24, 30
5:30-9:30 pm
The Toasted Barrel
1300 El Sobrante Rd.
Corona CA 92879
951-737-9463

And my Zoom Guitar Lessons are pretty busy now.
But there’s always room for one more..
So grab your Guitar and let’s Go….


Stay healthy & blessed
Mark
626-485-9266
mcpgtrtrax@aol.com
Mark Carter Productions
1217 N Hacienda blvd,
La Puente, CA 91744
626-485-9266
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March 2021 posted by on March 15, 2021

Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers


Well….. I’m happy to announce some Live Public Performances !!

March 20 & 27 5:30-9:30 pm (Fine Dining)

Toasted Barrel

1300 El Sobrante Rd.Corona


March 26 7:00-9:00 pm (Food Court)

Haven City Market

8443 Haven Ave.Rancho Cucamonga


I hope you can make one… I’ve been missing you all more than I can say !!

Stay well & blessed
Mark
626-485-9266

mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

Februray 2021 posted by on February 12, 2021

Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers
Happy Valentines Day !!


I rarely perform at weddings these days, but last year being as weird as it was I actually played for two. So for the Lovers this weekend…
Long time friend and former music partner Lewie Hughes was married and I played the ceremony, reception and was the Best Man,…a first for me ! It was totally fun with Lewie jumping in and singing and entertaining… Just like 40 years ago !!!


The second was a garden wedding for another couple that was introduced from another long time friend.With mask and social distancing in place, the Bride and Groom were at the alter and it was time to place rings on each other and then………they both sprayed sanitizer on each others hands…. before the rings !!


One more, from the late 90’s. I had been leading bands at the most beautiful locations in So Cal, the Ritz Carlton’s, Four Seasons, The Grant Hotel, The Bonaventure, Del Coronado, all world class locations. One day I got a call from a couple that asked if I could play acoustic guitar at the Gazebo by Las Brisas in Laguna. So there I was with only a dozen people in the Gazebo over looking the Pacific Ocean with one of the most amazing views and picture perfect weather. Simple, Sweet and Elegant. A beautiful simple wedding ……..and priceless.


Stay well & blessed
Mark
626-485-9266

mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

January 2021 posted by on January 7, 2021

Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers


Happy New Year !!
I hope the holidays were as peaceful and enjoyable as possible at this time in our history. I’m praying with all of you, that things will calm down and move forward in the coming year. I’m looking forward to more teaching, more gigs and recording some new tunes !


This may be a start…
Well, hold on to your Stratocaster because my phone actually rang again ! I will be performing at a “food court” outdoors in a nice patio setting.

Friday. January 29. 7-9 pm
Haven City Market. 8443 Haven Ave Rancho Cucamonga 91730. 909-293-9408


It would be great to see you, but please call me or the venue before you make the drive. We all know how quickly things can change.


And…..I’m still teaching private guitar lessons on Zoom. I have students locally in my area and through a online school all across America and I have a students in Puerto Rico and in the Dominican Republic…Amazing !!


Stay well & blessed
Mark
626-485-9266

December 2020 posted by on December 7, 2020

Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers


What a year !!
There is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said a million times already,…. except…..
I’ve written and recorded a new tune that reflects this year and what we have all gone through. So, you know, it has to be a Country song . I’ve tried to keep it positive, light hearted and romantic This world never seems to get tired of finding love, and I’m a hopeless romantic.


Let’s Social Distance Together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4O0l3jIjCA

Premiering December 8 2020 on Rosie’s Rhythm Room 8-10 pm on KXCI Tucson Arizona …..and I’m working on more airplay.


It will also drop on iTunes next week.

And… I am pressing 100 copies and will mail you a autographed copy along with the sheet music for $20 . Just send me an email. The perfect Christmas gift for the whole family !

Thanks again for all your love and support. Musicians around the world really need it more than ever along with so many, many others.
May your holidays be safe and healthy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Mark


626-485-9266

mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

November 2020 posted by on November 20, 2020

Dear Friends, Fans, and Music Lovers


I’m late this month !
I’ve been working on a new tune and it’s a bit different than anything else I’ve done in a long time. It’s a song about finding love….even in a pandemic. I should have it posted on Youtube and Facebook very soon, keep an eye out for it.


Thanksgiving is next week and I want you to know how very grateful I am for your support, my children, my health, and my faith.
May we all find peace this Thanksgiving.


Stay Blessed , Stay Well

Mark 626-485-9266 mcpgtrtrax@aol.com

October 2020 posted by on October 11, 2020

Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

Just sharing stories with you all as the world is turning slowly back to live performance.

In today’s world of recording music, the internet is your partner. Files (recorded music) are transfered everyday to different musicians working on a song or project and then someone will possibly edit your track and slide it in to make musical sense. The first time this happened with me was on my West Coast Groove CD.I had written a tune called “Brand New Love” We worked on an arrangement and sent the file to the drummer, who from his home sudio, recorded a great track and sent it back to us and we finished the tune.

I was thinking about this the other day and a memory from the 1980’s came flying by…..

There was a “Music Producer” in Hollywood who had an ad in a national songwriting magazine. Songwriters around the country would see this ad and send him their home made tape of their songs. The producer would listen to the tapes, then write an arrangement and call in a rhytm section to work on the tunes. He would say…” I want this to sound like a Eagles tune, or Fleetwood Mac tune, or Barry Manilow, or Lionel Richie or whoever” So we would talk over the tune and ad guitar effects or licks or musical ideas to fit the style the Producer was going for. We would knock our 4 or 5 tunes in a session and did this 3 or 4 times a month..no computers, no internet, no files. Just live musicians working together in a studio making music…what a concept !!..and what a great training ground for me.

Those skills and memories are priceless as any musician will tell you.The good news is today you can record and work with musicians from around the globe from your home studio. But every now and then, you remember where it all started.

Stay Well, Stay Blessed….Mark (626) 485-9266

September 2020 posted by on September 8, 2020

Dear Friends Fans and Music Lovers

Diggin through my files and I found this little gem,
I hope you enjoy…

Back in 2004 I became the owner of a beautifully restored 1966 Mustang Coupe. Actually the cosmetics were great and I have learned the art of spending time and money under the hood 🙂  It is a crazy obsession and it has NEVER been my work car,  until….

In 2007 I also had a work car, 1994 Chevy Astro Van.
I kept it for 14 years and put 359,000 miles on the original engine. I was busy playing all over So Cal. I got a call to play at a 50th birthday party in Pasadena.
The day of the event came and my Astro Van broke down on a errand I was running before the gig. It was a 100 degree day and I was 10 miles from home The Van would not get out of second gear and the Air Conditioner and electric windows would not work I had to drive side streets with the door open to get air.I got home, put on a old classic car shirt and put some nice clothes and my equipment in the Mustang

Off I went to a very nice home in Pasadena where the husband of the birthday girl was standing in the driveway. He stepped back and took a good look at the car and said “Wow Mark, what a great idea to bring that car !!  I want you to take that car right down to the end of the driveway. Can you set up your gear and perform there ? ” 

Sooooo ALL DAY at the party, the guest were coming up to the CAR !! Guest asking me….
” Can we take a picture with it ?  “
” Did Bob buy this for his wife’s 50th ? “
” Will you play Mustang Sally AGAIN ? “
“Oh honey you didn’t have to buy me THIS !! “

I’ve played second fiddle to a lot of great musicians and artist in my time. But on this day it was all about The Pony !!

Stay Blessed , Stay Well
Mark
626-485-9266
mcpgtrtrax@aol.com