BioChicago, the Carolinas, Maine, London, New York, and Nashville are all places that musician Carter Little has called home over the last 28 years. Such diverse geography permeates the singer-songwriter's thoughtfully crafted compositions. The son of a professional opera singer (who was himself raised equal parts Guiseppi Verdi and Bill Monroe in the hills of East Tennessee), Little moved from New York City to Nashville in 2000 to join his brother's critically acclaimed band, Saddlesong. The co-frontmen shared bills with artists including Steve Earle, Allison Moorer and Tony Joe White, quickly establishing themselves as headliners in top venues on the East Coast. Shunning a Nashville major-label offer-and the accompanying pressure to over-categorize their creativity-the band parted ways in 2003, with each brother pursuing individual projects.