Although music isn't his primary career, Cody Carter (Newton, IA native) is very passionate about playing music that people love. A few months before Cody's dad passed away from a five year battle with cancer, his dad offered up some advice after attending a live performance. "Don't ever stop pursuing this music thing, kid. I think you have something special to share." That pursuit of music is fueled by the birth of his son and daughter and the love that Cody and his dad shared for music.
His most distinct memory is listening to an Alan Jackson cassette tape over and over again, while riding with his dad in his red pickup truck down the highway in Iowa when he was 8 years old. Cody was exposed to a wide spectrum of music, but primarily country and rock 'n roll - from artists like Jackson Browne, The Eagles, and CSNY to Willie Nelson, George Jones and Keith Whitley. It wasn't until the age of 23 that Cody decided to teach himself how to play guitar. He bought an old black guitar because that's what Don Henley played on The Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" tour.
Now a Southern California resident, catch him in the San Diego area playing consistently at famous live music spots sought out by locals. Also, catch him playing with a premier country music band Ramblin' Fever - comprised of Aaron Brownwood (steel guitar), Cheyne Dolly (drums), Aaron Hook (bass). They have residency at bars that feature country bands for dancing. His set always includes some originals, old songs that shaped his youth and new songs by popular artists. Cody and his band are routinely booked for private events as he is known for his live country music performances.
Cody is currently in the process of recording new songs that will be released fall of 2023.
IN THE NEWS
November 11th, 2022
ENCINITAS, CA — Cody Carter, a rising talent in San Diego, has just released his first studio recorded song called "Last Call." This upbeat track showcases Carter's exceptional vocal range and catchy melodies, making it a must-listen for fans of country music. "I am so excited to finally share this song with the world," Carter said. "Releasing this has been a long time coming and I can't wait to hear what people think. "Last Call" is the first single off of Carter's upcoming EP, which is set to be released later in 2023. Fans can stream "Last Call" on all major music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. Be sure to book this premier country music band in the San Diego area for a private event.
JULY 7th, 2022
NEWTON, IA — Live Music – Experience the concerts on the Turn 4 Stage, located behind the grandstands above Turn 4, featuring live country music from both Cody Carter of San Diego and Damon Dotson on Friday afternoon/evening. Great Food – Fans can purchase a Friday night feast from any of the 50 food trucks that will be positioned in the Midway area as part of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend Food Truck Challenge...READ MORE
JULY 2nd, 2021
OKOBOJI, IA — Cody Carter will be the first act starting at noon. Cody and I go way back to when we met at Iowa State. That friendship has carried over time and we’ve been in each other’s weddings and watched from afar how we’ve grown as people and husbands and fathers. He’s originally from Newton but resides now in sunny San Diego. Along with mostly the country classics everyone knows, he also has a great batch of original music he is currently working on in a studio in California....READ MORE
FEBRUARY 28th, 2020
ENCINITAS — Growing up in Newton, Iowa, Cody Carter was surrounded by music thanks to his parents, especially his father. He said his late father played music often on their record player, passing on the vinyl records to him.
Today, Carter, who lives in Encinitas with his wife and two young children, is bringing the Iowa upbringing to the beach. Playing those same vinyl records passed on from his dad, Carter is instilling a love and appreciation for music in his own children. A premier country music band in San Diego for private events......READ MORE