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.

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Carl Carlton & the Songdogs

2001 – Revolution Avenue (EMI, also available as vinyl incl. two bonus tracks)
2003 – Love & Respect (SPV, also available as digipack incl. one bonus track)
2004 – CaHoots & Roots – Life from Planet Zod (SPV, Live-Double-CD)
2008 – Songs for the Lost and Brave (Ferryhouse-Warner)

Carl Carlton

2014 – Woodstock in Wonderland (CAROLINE, Universal Music)

Toast To Freedom

2012 – Toast To Freedom, the song for the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, written by Carl Carlton and Larry Campbell, with Kris Kristofferson, Ewan McGregor, Carly Simon, Gentleman, Warren Haynes, Eric Burdon, Rosanne Cash, Larry Campbell, Levon Helm, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin and many more


Hellhound on my Trail – Songs of Robert Johnson (Sampler, 2001)
Drive (Robert Palmer, 2003)
Soul of a Man (Eric Burdon, 2006)

IFTA-Nomination (Irish movie and TV award):
Swansong – the Story of Occi Burne (2009)

Grimme Fernsehpreis:
Damals in der DDR (2005)

Electric Guitars

Since 1999 Carl Carlton is endorsed by the German company Duesenberg. They developed for him his C.C. Signature Model, which in the meantime is one of the best selling guitars of this maker. Beside his Duesenberg C.C. Carlton also plays Duesenberg Starplayer TV und Fullerton C.C. guitars and of course Fender, Gibson, Gretsch und Rickenbacker guitars.


Carl Carlton mainly uses Lakewood- and Larson-Bros-Gitarren in these days.


After long years with two Vox AC-30 amps Carl Carlton now uses stack of the German company THC – a Sunset Top incl. a 2×12“ cabinet.

Effect Pedals

When it comes down to effects pedals, Carltons first choice is T.Rex!