the carpenter ants

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Americana, Soul, Blues, R&B chicken-fried gospel-soul More...


charleston WV United States

Sounds Like

nrbq, the band, staple singers


alpo records

Digital Location


Member since: 10/25/2013 Year Founded: 1987


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Michael Lipton


Performer 304.342.4412


  • Original material: 01 hrs : 30 min
  • Cover material: 03 hrs : 00 min
  • CDs released: 5
  • CDs sold: 4500
  • Digital songs sold: 1000
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 150
  • Largest crowd: 2,500
  • Have sound: Full PA


Having logged more than 3,000 performances and through its close association with NPR’s internationally syndicated show “Mountain Stage,” the Carpenter Ants have amassed fans that include famed singer/songwriter/producer Don Dixon - who produced the Ants’ last four releases - and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson enlisted the band for a barnstorming, 8-city tour prior to the 2004 presidential election, a Labor Day rally that drew 75,000 people, and a march in Atlanta that featured Stevie Wonder. Recently Dobro master Jerry Douglas heard tracks from the band’s new release “Ants & Uncles” and offered to lay down some lap steel on the rave-up gospel track “He Saved My Soul.”

The band has twice toured Moscow and appeared on NPR’s “Whad’Ya Know?” and “Mountain Stage,” as well as opening numerous shows for the likes of The Holmes Brothers, Paul Thorn, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gov’t Mule, NRBQ and Delbert McClinton.

“Ants & Uncles” marks the band’s first full-length release since 2005's “Ants In Your Pants.” For the occasion, the group asked longtime friend, renown guitarist Bill Kirchen to be join the band for the recording.

Thanks to guitarist Michael Lipton’s two decade-long association with the internationally syndicated radio show “Mountain Stage” as house guitarist, a long and varied list of players have sat in at after-show jams for sets that ping-pong from rock ‘n’ roll and blues to country and gospel. The list is a testimonial to the band’s versatility and includes Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Jimmy LaFave, Solas, Mollie O'Brien, Hayes Carll, Terry Reid, Ben Sollee, Dwight Twilley, The Alternate Routes, Rodney Crowell, Robyn Hitchcock, Taj Mahal, and the late Luther Allison.

The band toured in the U.S. and Europe backing English rock legend Kevin Coyne, and played with original NRBQ guitarist Steve Ferguson off-and-on for 15 years (Ferguson can be heard on 2005's “Ants in Your Pants”),

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