Who is Jimmy Carter?

A quintessential session pro, Jimmy Carter is one of Nashville’s most sought-after bassists. His artistry has been heard through a variety of media all over the world. If you’ve listened to the radio, gone to the movies, watched a television show or commercial, there’s a good chance that you may have heard Jimmy’s creative skill in action.

Starting at a Young Age

Jimmy has been “laying down the bottom line” since the tender age of four when his dad put an electric bass in his hands. Jimmy at a Young Age“That was it for me. Except for dabbling with the fiddle for a little while, I never even thought about playing any other instrument,” says Carter. By age six, Jimmy was already a full-time musician playing with his brother and sister as they performed in music parks, fairs, and on military bases in the U.S. and abroad. He was also opening for popular artists, and soon he would be in high demand to add his contribution to other well-known artists’ albums.

Barely out of his teens, Jimmy found steady work in Nashville’s thriving club scene, which soon led to playing alongside other session stars such as guitarist Brent Mason, steel guitar session ace Paul Franklin, and jazz guitarist Thumbs Carllile. At one popular nightspot, Carter regularly backed some of the top names in the music industry, such as Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Cougar Mellencamp, and Randy Travis.

Working with Artists

Jimmy with George Jones
George Jones and Dierks Bentley

His great reputation led him to work in the studio with renowned artists such as Toni Braxton, Nancy Sinatra, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tim McGraw, Richard Marx, Peter Frampton, Clay Walker, Delbert McClinton, Merle Haggard, Gaither Vocal Band, The Lost Trailers, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Scaggs, Ray Stevens, Oak Ridge Boys, Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane), Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Michael English, B.J. Thomas, Travis Tritt, Wayne Newton, Steve Cropper, Lorrie Morgan among numerous others.


Television and Motion Pictures


His television and motion picture credits include Friends, Felicity, E! True Hollywood Story, CMA Awards, NBA Championship Games, CMT Insider, Nash Bridges, Twister, Tin Cup, For Love Of The Game, Where The Heart Is, and Holes, to name a few. His jingle work has been heard on Yamaha, Nissan, Purina, Honda, Goodyear, Sports Illustrated, and Volvo Spots including others.


Topping the Charts

He has added his touch to many #1’s including those from Easton Corbin, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, and Clay Walker. His Australian and Canadian credits rise to the top of the charts as well.

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In a high-pressure world where getting it right the first time is a must, Jimmy’s busy schedule is a testimony to his finely polished studio skills. Jimmy quickly established a reputation as a player with all the tools; timing, tone, taste, and a great attitude.