As a musician, Carter Moore is a “jack of all trades and master of one: bass guitar”, so say his fellow musicians and audiences alike.  While Carter can be seen around town playing drums, guitar and harmonica (sometimes all at once), playing bass is his true passion.  He prides himself on ‘playing bass correctly’ and being a professional bassist and local Key West musician.


Carter was drawn to the drums at a young age but was forced into playing the bass at around age 10 at the behest of his musical father.  (Ironically, Carter is now pushing his own son to play bass too.)  Carter’s musical education started at his childhood home in Muskegon, Michigan where his father played piano and sang. At age 19 Carter moved to Detroit and did a lot of gigging, most notably with Joey Pullin and the Missiles, a Motown meets big band outfit with lots of horns and singers.  While this time period was challenging for him as a young musician, Carter attributes much of his success to this part of his musical journey.  Carter went on to tour around Michigan, recorded an album with John Mellenkamp’s band, played and recorded with the Jo Gage Band, tried his luck in LA and even owned Moore Music, a music shop in his home town of Muskegon, Michigan for awhile.


In 1993 Carter began spending winters in Key West when his cousin told him he’d like it because “it’s laid back like you.”  In 2014 when he moved to Key West as a full time musician, it was only natural that he hooked up with local musicians Woody Jenkins and Deb Hudson to play in their Motown show.  These days you can hear Carter filling in around town on various instruments in various venues.  On Tuesday’s he’s a solo artist on Sunset Watersports’ Sip&Sail Sunset Cruise – it’s a nice two-hour set with an eclectic mix of covers from Cab Calloway to Tom Petty and some originals like ‘Johnny and June’ (recording available on  His newest venture is with local band DWC Strain with Wayne Sorbelli, and David Warren.  DWC Strain will be playing at the Gas Monkey on Monday, October 24th and The Bull on Thursday, October 27th.  Starting in November, DWC Strain will be the featured house band at The Gas Monkey every Friday and Saturday from 7-11.


It’s no wonder that a talented and versatile musician like Carter Moore considers Key West a musical paradise “…where else can you play bass, lead guitar, sing, play harmonica?”  Carter is especially appreciative to all the local musicians who’ve helped him make his way in the Key West Music scene.