NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 15, 2013) – 
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Danny Carter, left, adopts Vivien, center, from Bonaparte’s
Retreat, the animal rescue organization founded by Emmylou Harris,
right. (Nashville Music Promotions photo)
Compass Records recording act
the Carter Brothers did more than talk the talk when they took the stage
April 13 in support of an animal rescue benefit, sponsored by
Bonaparte’s Retreat, the animal rescue organization founded the Emmylou
Harris, and Crossroads Pets. After performing at the free concert, Danny
Carter promptly left the stage to complete the adoption paperwork to
take home Vivien, a 4-month-old Chow/Border Collie mix.
really picked me,” says Danny Carter of how he and Vivien met. “My
friend Maura O’Connell brought her over to me, and Vivien jumped up, bit
me on the ear, then started licking my face. It was magic!”
Vivien was one of scores of animals available for adoption at the Nashville stop of the North Shore Animal League America’s 2013 Tour for Life, the world’s largest mobile pet adoption event. The Music City event, which featured music and sponsor booths, was held at Crossroads Pets, 707 Monroe Street in Germantown. 

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Carter, left, Emmylou Harris, center, and Danny Carter, right, hang out
during the 2013 Tour for Life animal rescue benefit (Barbara Lamb


In addition to the Carter Brothers, Harris, Rodney Crowell, O’Connell, Treble Hook Trio (Mike Bub, Hanz Holzen, Barbara Lamb) and Chris Henry’s bluegrass band performed at the event.
adoption comes approximately one year after the death of Danny Carter’s
beloved golden retriever, Samantha. Carter had been contemplating
getting a new dog for several weeks, but had not planned to adopt one
when he and his brother, Tim, agreed to perform at the benefit. 
The unexpected, really good feeling I’m enjoying from adopting was something
I didn’t even consider,” Danny Carter says. “I was feeling the need to
fill that emptiness that had been left by Sam’s passing. Well, that void
is filled and I’m giving a really beautiful, sweet little puppy a very
loving permanent home for the rest of her life.”
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The Carter Brothers perform at the 2013 Tour for Life, the world’s
largest animal rescue event. Pictured, left to right, Adam Chaffins,
Danny Carter, Tim Carter. (Nashville Music Promotions photo)

Carter Brothers leave today for a seven-night run at Hog’s Breath Saloon
in Key West, Fla., so Vivien will stay with her foster mother, Emmylou
Harris, until the Carters return. 
can’t wait to get Vivien home with me. I’m sure we’ll become the best
of friends and joined at the hip as much as Sam and I were.”
Danny and Vivien cropped
Danny Carter adopts Vivien, a 4-month-old Chow/Border Collie mix
from Bonaparte’s Retreat at the Nashville stop of the 2013 Tour for
Life. (Nashville Music Promotions photo)
In partnership with Purina One, the 2013 Tour for Life
will stop in 51 cities in 26 states and Washington, D.C., to promote
pet rescue nationwide. The 2012 Tour for Life found homes f
or more than 1,500 animals throughout the U.S. For more information, visit
Tour for Life logo
About The Carter Brothers:
“Tim and Dan are blood
related to A.P., Sarah and Maybelle Carter but they don’t make a big
deal out of it. Like their mama, who taught them to rinse collard greens
in the Maytag, (the Carter Brothers) make their old-timey music with
tried and true ingredients and modern appliances,” says esteemed
mandolinist and vocalist Tim O’Brien, friend to Tim and Danny Carter.
Coupling exemplary
musicianship with the kind of tight harmony only siblings can claim, the
Carter Brothers have been performing around the country… and the
world… to adoring fans for more than two decades. Natives of High
Point, N.C., Tim and Danny Carter moved to Nashville 15 years ago,
quickly earning respect that crossed musical genres. After years of
producing and releasing their music themselves, the brothers signed a
recording contract in 2011 with Compass Records.
The Road To Roosky,
the Carter Brothers’ first Compass Records CD, was released in 2012,
garnering accolades and praise from around the world for its melding of
bluegrass and blues.
“I’ve been playing with my
brother for so long and he’s such a blues guitar player that all of that
rubbed off on my playing through the years. I wanted to make sure that
the banjo on this was not so much about playing Earl Scruggs style banjo
but that (the banjo) fit these tunes,” says Tim Carter of his playing
on The Road To Roosky.
The act’s next CD, Where the Green Grass Meets The Bluegrass,
is due out in 2013 on Compass Records. The project features the Carter
Brothers and Barney McKenna, renowned Irish banjo player of the The
Dubliners in McKenna’s final recordings before his death in 2012.
For more information on the Carter Brothers, visit or like on Facebook at

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