Listeners to Bluegrass Country know Frederick E. Carter as “the Griot,” or “Texas Fred the Zydeco Cowboy,” host of The Trail Ride, heard Saturday afternoon and Monday night.
But in Waller, Texas, Carter is known as a championship athlete, a standout in track and football. He starred in middle-distance events beginning in junior high, running the 880 as well as sprint events in school, district, state and regional competitions. He quarterbacked the eighth-grade football team to an undefeated season, and the varsity football team to a district championship, when he was recognized as all-district and “best back.” In college, he lettered in cross country at Howard University.
That’s why the Waller Independent School District, in a October 5 ceremony, inducted Fred Carter into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Trail Ride, heard weekly from 4 to 6 on Saturday afternoon and again on Monday night form 9 to 11, features the music of southeast Texas/southwest Louisiana all the way to New Orleans – Zydeco, Cajun, country, blues, jazz and funk. It’s a roots music journey like no other.