Although many of you may not be familiar with the Dallas-based musician Carter Albrecht, for those involved in the North Texas music scene, this is a devastating blow. Albrecht was a ridiculously talented vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, performing in Sorta, as well as Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians.
The Dallas Morning News reports that after a night of drinking on Sunday, his girlfriend drove him back to her place. Although the couple had no history of domestic violence, he apparently began to strike her on the face and back. After she escaped out the door, she was able to sneak back in and locked Albrecht out. When he could not gain entry to her home, he began pounding on a nearby neighbor's door. The neighbor thought it was a burglar attempting to break in, so he fired a single shot at the top of the door to scare off the intruder. Albrecht, being six foot five, was taller than the resident had estimated, and was killed by that one shot.
The circumstances surrounding Albrecht's death are unbelievable, and his musical talents will definitely be missed. As somebody who was deeply involved in the Dallas/Fort Worth music scene, I saw him perform many, many times. I can still recall airing early demos of the band Sorta back on my specialty radio program, and saw his potential as a musician early on. He was an important part of the music community, and will definitely be missed. Our thoughts go our to Carter Albrecht's friends, family and band mates.
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