I don’t know Tom Carter well but I’ve talked to him a couple of times and he’s seemed incredibly kind and generous, both from my own experience and that of others. He’s an excellent guitarist and has been a catalyzing figure in modern psychedelic music, both in Texas and in the New York area. It’s always an unfortunate thing when a musician falls seriously ill with no forewarning, and with not much of a system in place to help that person out (medical bills, etc.). Granted, that’s not JUST the case for musicians and artists, but anybody whose life might fall outside the comfortable margins here in America. That said, when we heard that Carter was hospitalized on tour with pneumonia, it was startling, and even more troubling is the fact that his illness is serious enough to keep him in intensive care overseas. While German medical care is excellent, it’s still going to be a struggle for him and his family to deal with the fallout back home. The least we can do is look out for him; concerned supporters have set up a website where you can donate directly to his care. In the meantime, we can all wish Mr. Carter a speedy recovery and many Bright Moments in the future.
Here’s the link:
Tom Carter Fund