How Jeff Carson left his mark on country music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A week after a community hero was buried, WSM and Grand Ole Opry host Bill Cody remembers his contribution to country music.

Jeff Carson was 58 when he died of a sudden heart attack. Although many remember him as a servant of the Franklin Police Department, he had a profound impact on country music.

Cody remembers Carson as a friend of over 25 years.

“He never seemed overwhelmed by it all because success comes so quickly after trying and trying and trying and failing and trying and trying again. Most artists, by the time they arrive, they’re a bit jaded And he was just the warmest, most loving guy and I always felt that around him, from the day we met in the mid-90s until he passed,” Cody explained.

In addition to sharing a December 16and anniversary, the two also shared a love for county music.

“Start with the class of ’89, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, that class of ’89 that was so successful, some of them in the Hall of Fame now,” Cody recalled. “So by the time you get to Jeff, that music was so much a part of our very being, part of our DNA, and we latched onto those people and their songs. And then when you write and record a history song, like “The Car” “Not on Your Love,” there’s just a forever connection from that generation. »

In 2008, Carson retired from music to become an officer. A decision he made after the birth of his son.

“I had to find a job. I could no longer make music and make a living from it. So I had to step away from music and in 2008 I became a police officer at the age of 44,” Carson laughed during his recent interview with WSM Radio.

In addition to his service and contribution to country music, Cody will remember Carson by his faith.

“I was so happy there was actually a country version and he did that of Mercy Me’s ‘I Can Only Imagine’,” Cody said. “Will I stand before you, or will I fall to my knees, will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all? Well, we know one thing, he knows the answer to that now as he stands on the throne.

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