Founded in 1818, Florance in Alabama is named after Florence in Italy. The band The Minstrel’s Ghost is from Florance and they have released their third album Jack A Different Tale recently. An album with a duration of 53 minutes and 34 seconds. The Minstrel’s Ghost is the brainchild of Blake Carpenter a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with over 25 years of experience in writing, performing and producing. With endeavors ranging from folk to heavy metal Carpenter has seen a gamut of projects come and go over the years all helping to reign in the monster. The Minstrel’s Ghost name was first uttered in 2004 when Carpenter was trying to come up with a moniker for his solo music.
The Line-up: Blake Carpenter with keyboards, rhythm guitar, lead vocals (3-5, 8, 10-12) and harmony vocals, Jartse Tuominen with lead guitar, Tony James Martin on bass guitar, lead vocals (9), harmony vocals (3-6, 9, 11) and Mark Troup on drums, lead vocals (2), harmony vocals 3-6, 8, 9, 11). The Minstrel’s Ghost has three different vocalists, and that is exciting and gives a great variety.
Carpenter went through a few projects with local musicians in the beginning but was soon longing to record his own tunes. He then began writing tracks with a theme in mind. Dream Things True was a nice first solo project for Blake. Taking 3 years to bring to completion it was solely performed by Carpenter. The release contains 12 tracks that show off many different musical writing styles from the folkish track The Forest to the Gothic Creature Of The Night.