Carlson comes to Charleston for the Woody Hawley Series organized by Ron Sowell. He said the two have a connection. Sowell years ago was part of the Putnam County Pickers, a band that played a cover of Carlson's song, "Peaceable Kingdom."
Carlson said Charleston also is home to one of his best friends in the world, Charleston lawyer Josh Barrett, who is married to singer Julie Adams.
"We go back to grade school," Carlson said of Barrett. "You know how you have your handful of absolute best friends, the ones you'd take a bullet for? Josh is one of them."
He credits Adams for his invitation to the series. During his last trip through town, he hung out with Barrett when Adams performed at Taylor Books. She invited him up for a couple of songs, which went over well, and next thing he knew he was invited for the series. Adams will sit in some on Saturday night, Carlson added.
Carlson said his songwriting goes in spurts, but it has taken off since the breakup of Modern Man.
"Now I'm writing all the time, and I've been writing the best stuff of my life," he said. That's one of the reasons I wanted to do this band."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.