About Wild Carrot
Pam Temple and Spencer Funk of Wild Carrot met through music, married and began performing full-time together in 2000. They were quickly named “Best Folk Act” in their hometown of Cincinnati and have since crisscrossed the country pleasing audiences with their eclectic mix of award-winning original songs, traditional tunes, swing, blues and more, being chosen twice as the only U.S. Folk Act to serve as Cultural Ambassador to Chile, South America with the U.S. State Department. When they’re not performing, Spencer is also a respected guitar teacher and Pam, on-air music host of the American Roots program, The Front Porch, at local NPR affiliate 89.7FM WNKU.
Wild Carrot is also available as a quartet: Wild Carrot & the Roots Band. Both with strong bluegrass backgrounds, Brandt Smith (vocals, Dobro and banjo) has recorded with Carrie Newcomer and played with Cincinnati’s acclaimed Comet Bluegrass Allstars before joining Wild Carrot’s Roots Band. On vocals and upright bass, Brenda Wolfersberger has performed with bluegrass maven Katie Laur and sings with the renowned MUSE Choir of Cincinnati.
The latest CD from Wild Carrot and the Roots Band was recorded live with an audience and is called Crowd Around the Mic, on their own Chocolate Dog Music label, released through Blue Jordan Records. It was truly grown from the ground, funded almost entirely by the audiences and donations from fans.
What’s in a Name?
So, where did we get the name "Wild Carrot'? A wild carrot is the same as Queen Anne's Lace. Our music has been described as being rooted in the solid earth of tradition and untainted by commercialism; strong while displaying a delicate intricacy, like Queen Anne's Lace.
Interested in seeing us "live"? Watch the video below or check out our YouTube video channel by clicking here. Thinking of booking Wild Carrot for your venue, festival, house concert or private event? Watch our promo video and then contact us to book a date!