Lights in the Dark

Carr & Tejada

Americana | Folk Rock | Country

Bill Carr and Dan Tejada are an acoustic guitar duo playing original songs that draw from the roots of today's Americana revival.

Those roots run deep, as both gentlemen grew up with music and performance in the family. Bill is a third generation musician with his dad having played keyboards in various bands dating back to the 1960s, and his grandparents having performed with a traveling Vaudeville show. Dan comes from a large family of musicians as well, learning guitar from his dad back in Hawaii before joining an assortment of bands here in the Midwest playing everything from Rock and Country, to Bluegrass.

Aside from good musical genetics, Bill and Dan have a deep chemistry that serves the songs and keeps the music real. The duo is able to connect with audiences because of their authenticity and smoothness, traits that come through whether they are playing originals or covering a variety of songs from multiple genres and decades.

The mix of Bill's cowboy rhythm guitar playing with Dan's Hawaiian slack-key and blues guitar licks provides the perfect accompaniment for Bill's highly personable and melodic vocals. The style they have blended together they like to call "Shawnee Americana," and enjoy sharing it with audiences all over Southern Illinois.

Artists covered:

Avett Brothers

Willie Watson

Old Crow Medicine Show

Jason Isbell

Tyler Childers

Chris Stapleton

Langhorne Slim

Social Distortion

Bob Dylan

Ben Harper

Carter Family


Credence Clearwater Revival

Four Non Blondes

Dave Von Ronk

Hank Williams


Marshall Tucker Band


Woody Guthrie


Ben E. King

Nathaniel Rateliff

The Drifters


Upcoming shows

MVP Happy Holler



2:00 - 6:00 pm

Newton, IL

Tuscan Hills Winery



8:00 - 11:00 pm

Effingham, IL

Brick House Bar & Grille



7:00 - 10:00 pm

Charleston, IL

MVP Happy Holler



2:00 - 6:00 pm

Newton, IL

Brick House Bar & Grille



7:00 - 10:00 pm

Charleston, IL

Press Downloads

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8.5 x 11 Poster


11 x 17 Poster

Past Performances

  • Du Quoin State Fair

  • Hangar 9 - Carbondale, IL

  • Walker's Bluff - Cartersville, IL

  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts - Mount Vernon, IL

  • Rare Chop House - Mount Vernon, IL

  • Tres Hombres - Carbondale, IL

  • Roundhouse Wine Co. - Centralia, IL

  • Lowery's Irish Pub - Mount Vernon, IL

  • Blues at the Crossroads Festival - Terre Haute, IN

  • The Hop Brewery - Christopher, IL

  • Jack Russell  - Benton, IL

  • Blues & Brews Fest - Mount Vernon, IL

  • Door 4 Brewing - Decatur, IL

  • Route 51 Brewing - Elkville, IL

  • The Varsity Theater - Carbondale, IL

  • The Granada Theatre - Mount Vernon, IL

  • St. Nicholas Brewing - Duqoiun, IL

  • Pheasant Hollow - Whittington, IL

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