NYCS First Impression: Carter Winter ‘Temptation’
We had the pleasure of working with country up and comer, Carter Winter back in 2016 on a few different occasions including when the singer-songwriter performed acoustically at Printers Alley in NYC to celebrate NYCountry Swag’s first birthday. Since then, the artist has garnered success and recognition with his debut album The Whiskey in Me, and most recently was signed by Average Joes Entertainment and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Publishing.
Winter, who has been touring for the better part of the last few years and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, as he just released his follow-up album entitled Temptation. The record is a cohesive collection of seven songs, all co-written by the singer, and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Chad Carlson. Showcasing his country roots and infusing rock elements, according to the singer the album was “two years in the making”.
Winter shared his feelings about his new record deal and album on Twitter stating “You sign a record deal and all of the sudden you’re rich & famous & everything is given to you right? No. Wrong. It’s starting at the bottom again, humbled, on a bigger playing field. It’s extending my family and my team to help the music reach as many people as it possibly can..” Temptation personifies Winter’s humbleness and growth as a musician.
The first song off the record and title track, “Temptation,” solidifies the singer’s bad-boy edge, similar to former label-mate Brantley Gilbert’s vibe. The track focuses on its hard-driving melody, as well as, its story-line about giving into lust with a person the singer meets at the bar. Its catchy lyrics could possibly make it be mistaken as a Cole Swindell song. Winter premiered a music video for the jam, just before his album dropped.
Another standout track on the album, “Skylines,” fits effortlessly into the country hits that are on the radio right now. “Skylines” is Winter’s interpretation of a small-town, country girl, wanting to leave home for the lights and skylines of a big city, without forgetting her roots. The slow-jam has hints of Sam Hunt’s signature charm, and will surely resonate with Hunt fans. Winter showcases his moody, bad-boy vibe, yet again, in “I Got Me.” The killer guitar riffs and powerful lyrics tell the story of a man taking back his independence, after the end of a seemingly toxic relationship. “Thought I needed you to feel alive / but you only loved me when I was down / I know how you treat me when i’m not around / So I did what I had to / Went what I went through / To find out I don’t need you / Cause I got me / Yeah I got my own back / I’m going to bleed for where I want to be out / I don’t need you to be okay with that / Yeah cause I got / I got me.”
Switching gears from some of the more guitar-heavy, power-punching songs, the recording artist commits to showing his softer side with “Another Lie.” Winter admits on the heartbreaking track that he’s “no saint,” as he tries to navigate his feelings about a disintegrating relationship. “Another Lie” is one of the most poignant and honest songs on the singer’s record.
Temptation is now available everywhere you stream or buy music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
Winter heads to Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on November 10th, where he is sure to play songs off the new record. Find tickets for the show here. For additional tour information, visit carterwinter.com. Make sure to follow the singer on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up with his journey.
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