Carter Tanton makes yearning, somewhat lo-fi alternative country and folk-influenced rock. A Baltimore, Maryland native, Tanton released his solo debut album, Birds & Rain, in 2005 before moving to Boston and forming the indie rock outfit Tulsa. After releasing an EP and a full-length album with 2007's I Was Submerged, label and legal issues stalled the group's sophomore effort and Tulsa disbanded. Tanton changed course and joined indie singer/songwriter Marissa Nadler's ensemble, helping to record and release her 2011 self-titled album. Also in 2011, Tanton returned to his solo career with the album Freeclouds.