The desire for freedom was handed down to Carl Carlton, when he sensed this legacy from the moment he first began playing music. Carlton’s only exposure to rock ‘n roll and rhythm ‘n blues back then was through the songs that came blasting out of an old jukebox in the only pub of his village. This was where Carlton became infected with the soul of Lee Dorsey, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, not to mention that British music of the Kinks, Small Faces and the Rolling Stones. From then on, he chased after his calling like a young man on a mission – a mission to make music and play guitar. The guitar was everything to him: his true love and his compass with which to navigate every bend and turn right into some of the more legendary studios and stages of the world.