Renowned Austin Singer/Songwriter, Bill Carter is On Tour!

Bill Carter b&w by Todd V. Wolfson“Carter is one of the most successful, if not the best singer-songwriter in Austin.” Margaret Moser – Austin Chronicle





May 26: The Hamilton, Washington, DC
May 28: Ram’s Head, Annapolis, MD
June 1: Katharine Hepburn Performing Arts Center, Old Saybrook, CT
June 2: Terra Blues, New York NY
June 4: Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY
June 5: The Falcon – Marlboro, NY
June 9: The Cabot, Beverly, MA
June 10: Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill, NY
June 11: The Mystic, Mystic, CT
[BOLD/Opening for John Mayall]


Bill Carter: Innocent Victims & Evil Companions Stream
Bill Carter-Innocent Victims & Evil Comapnions – MP3s
(​Forty Below Records 2016)

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  • Austin Music Hall of Fame Inductee 2013
  • Arts in Context PBS Austin (KLRU) one hour “Bill Carter” documentary tribute and concert. ( Dir. Pat Kondelis won a Lone Star Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement in Arts/Entertainment Special Programming”)
  • Late Show with David Letterman 2013 Interview & Performance “Anything Made of Paper”
  • Oscar 2013 Short List for Best Song “Anything Made of Paper”
  • Voices for Justice Concert 2010 (with Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Ben Harper, and Johnny Depp)
  •  Austin Music Award 2000 - Decade Award for Best Song “Crossfire” (with Ruth Ellsworth Carter)
  • BMI Million-airs Award 2010 (over 2 million airplays) “Crossfire” (with Ruth Ellsworth Carter)
  • American Songwriter Top 50 songs of 2013 – “Anything Made of Paper”
  • SXSW Official Showcasing Artist & Panelist since 1987
  • Kerrville Folk Fest 2015
  • Austin Music Awards Performance 1993, 2013
  • Founding member of the alt rock band “P” with Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Johnny Depp, and Sal Jenco
  • Farm Aid
  • Has performed with Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King, Albert Collins, Grey Ghost, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Lazy Lester, HubertSumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., Billy Gibbons, Ray Benson, Brian Setzer, and many more!
  • Has opened for Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, etc.

Margaret Moser – Austin Chronicle /Austin Music Awards Founder & Executive Director
Until 1993, the Austin Music Awards remained a local event, but now we were the kick-off event for a rapidly growing and prestigious SXSW music conference. Suddenly, we had a curious national audience, some of whom were deeply interested in who the hot local acts were. This double whammy gave us an unexpected cachet that suddenly made the show attractive to play. In 1993, on a January deadline night at the Chronicle, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers called. “Margaret, book my new band for the Awards. It’s called P and Johnny Depp is in it.”

“Gibby”, I said as though he were five years old, “I hire real musicians to play.” Haynes was silent for a moment. “Bill Carter is in the band.” He cited the songwriter who had penned some of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s hits. “You’re hired.”
(Excerpt from Oxford American November 2014)


“The most impressive thing about Innocent Victims & Evil Companions is how Carter threads all these sounds and sensibilities to create something that’s distinctively Texan and humanly idiosyncratic. - All Music

“Recipe For Disaster” “with its Warren Zevon-style narrative and wit, is an acerbic powerhouse.​”​  - Pop Matters

“Bill Carter’s Innocent Victims and Evil Companions is a masterpiece, brimming with beatific lyrics,
soaring instrumentation, folk vibrations, and Beale Street bounce. If there is such a thing as the ​Austin sound, then it’s this record.” - Douglas Brinkley (Vanity Fair)

“Bill Carter’s what you call a real poet.” Billy Joe Shaver

“Reading his lyric sheet is mindbending. Innocent Victims & Evil Companions is just as intriguing and entertaining as its title would suggest. Bill Carter’s song craft is impressive and the production is pure. The lyric sheet alone is worth the price of the album.

“Another early best of 2016 arrives via Texan Bill Carter…a celebrated songwriter who penned hits for the Vaughan brothers, Waylon Jennings and Ruth Brown…Incredible playing by some of the Lone Star State’s best musicians seals the deal.” - Elmore Magazine

Chosen alongside Willie Nelson for Texas Monthly Checklist:
“What to watch, read and listen to this month to achieve maximum Texas literacy.”

Glide Magazine VIDEO PREMIERE – Bill Carter “Black Lion”

​”Innocent Victims & Evil Companions” is a literate celebration of Austin and first-rate demonstration of his own brilliant songwriting. - Austin Chronicle

“Simply put, no one writes songs like this man.” Stu Gilbert, MVRemix

“Anything Made of Paper” was what visitors were allowed to bring Damien Echols in prison, yet Carter’s song which played over the closing credits of West of Memphis focuses on everything else the falsely accused prisoner received in time: life, freedom, love, and dignity.” - American Songwriter (“Anything Made of Paper” Top 50 Songs of 2013)

“This heartfelt song, penned by my dear friends Bill and Ruth Carter, is a sublime, haunting number that offers us outsiders a tiny insight into the cruel world that Damien and Lorri were forced to inhabit for so long, Those words “Anything Made of Paper” are rooted in truth, for no item but paper was permitted either in nor out of Damien’s Arkansas cage. In this track, such barbaric limitations are turned into a thing of beauty and poetry, emulating the way in which Damien and Lorri persevered and ultimately triumphed out from the savagery interminably imposed upon them.” Johnny Depp – Entertainment Weekly Feature

“The best in Americana with a couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce and hot rock and roll. Bill’s music is the richest mixture of the great storytellers such as Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt the Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Elvis Presley all blended together to make one big treasure chest of songwriting and irresistible music.

“Anything Made of Paper” has already garnered critical acclaim for its inclusion in the upcoming Peter Jackson documentary about the Memphis 3, there is plenty left to hear from this release.” Paste Magazine Video Premiere

“A winning amalgam of pop hooks, ethereal blues, and country-tinged ditties, Carter Doster Sexton bears actual comparison to the Traveling Wilburys, who possess a similar bounce and incandescent flair.” Jim Caligiuri -Austin Chronicle

“The world of film and music collided today when Bill Carter teamed up with Johnny Depp, Mike Thompson from The Eagles, and Bruce Witkin to give us the instrumentally charged cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper.” Contrary to The Boss’ calmer more acoustic “State Trooper,” Carter (guitar and vocals), Depp (lap slide), Thompson (keys) and Witkin (bass) have made sure to go out with a bang in their cover: putting in a lot more instruments and giving it an eerie, yet bold feel to it with bass drums, tambourine appearances and harmonica front and center.” Filter Magazine

“Johnny Depp and Bill Carter were onstage for the second night at the historic El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Bill Carter’s vocals and incredible song writing skills delivered a cool, funky, enjoyable vibe. Austin style came alive in LA last night!” Atlas Jams

“Bill Carter contributes a gorgeous country-inflected gem in ‘Anything Made of Paper.’ Wielding a voice that sounds more Times They Are A-Changin’ than Bob Dylan’s cursory appearance on the album, Carter pens lines about being ‘inside the world where bitterness grows, imploring both the listener and the Memphis Three themselves to ‘hold on ’til tomorrow just to see what it brings, no matter how small.’ Arizona Daily Wildcat (West of Memphis CD)

“Renowned Austin songwriter Carter and actor Depp go way back to the days when they were both members of the band P (yes, the band whose name is that single letter). A legendary Austin singer-songwriter, Carter has been a fixture in the Texas town’s music scene since the late ’70s. He’s best known as the writer of hits for artists who include Waylon Jennings and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Carter wrote the late blues legend Vaughan’s only No. 1 hit, “Crossfire.”

Arts in Context: Bill Carter Documenta ry PBS/KLRU Austin, TX ( WINNER Lone Star Emmy /Dir. Pat Kondelis )
Going Home Original Score
West of Memphis documentary directed by Peter Jackson “Anything made of Paper” closing credits performed by Bill Carter
King Of The Hill “Ballad of Hank Hill” performed by Trace Adkins (Season 8: Episode 7, “Livin’ on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane”)
King of the Hill “Why Get Up” performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Leaving Normal feature film soundtrack (Meg Tilly) “T Stands For Trouble” performed by Colin James
8 Seconds feature film soundtrack (Luke Perry) “Burning Up the Road” performed by John Anderson
From Dusk Til Dawn feature film soundtrack “Willie the Wimp” performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Secret Life of David Gale feature film “Richest One” performed by Toni Price
Saturn Automobile National TV Commercial “Crossfire” perform ed by Stevie Ray Vaughan

“Anything Made of Paper” video (Director: Pat Kondelis)
Best Music Video - Irvine Film Festival (January, 2014)
Best Animated Film, Best Directing in an Animated Film, and Best Editing in an Animated Film - Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival (April 2014)
Best Music Video award from the Rincon International Film Festival (April 2014)
Official Selection of the Texas Filmmakers Showcase, touring festivals 2015


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