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Singer-Songwriter, Musician & Member of Austin Music Hall of Fame

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Austin-based Bill Carter writes the kind of songs other artists turn to for inspiration and for their own material. Over the past three decades, he has earned a reputation for his own recordings and for providing songs for many legends of rock, blues and country, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Mayall, Ruth Brown, Robert Palmer, The Brian Setzer Orchestra and Waylon Jennings. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s cover of Carter’s “Crossfire” earned Carter a BMI “Million Air” award for more than three million spins.

On his own acclaimed records Carter has previously assembled some of the finest sidemen in music (as well as long-time friend and former bandmate actor Johnny Depp, who appeared backing Carter in 2013 on The Late Show With David Letterman).

For his tenth release, it’s appropriate that Carter would return to the very basics of the songs that have built his career. “I love to get in the studio and record and arrange music with great players,” Carter says. “But I also firmly believe that a song should stand on its own merits, stripped down and performed with only the tools used to create it in the first place.”

For his new, eponymously titled release, Carter does just that, and in so doing, illustrates why he is considered among Texas’ elite songwriters and artists. For Carter, writing songs is not about making hits for other artists. In fact, his approach is more art than commerce.

“I try to make sure that every single word is right,” he says. “I can’t stand a ‘cringe-point’ in a song where it’s obvious the writer just settled for a word that kind of fit. I refuse to just throw stuff out there. The lyric and the melody — these matter to me. And that’s not easy to do.”

On Bill Carter, the recordings are no frills-edgy, with Carter providing all the vocals and instrumentation. Take “Crossfire,” for example, which opens the album with his sparse, stripped down production. On this version, his world weary tenor is a cry for help in the confusion of dehumanizing distraction.

The humorous “Why Get Up” — covered by the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Robert Palmer — takes on a universal question, while “Anything Made of Paper” is a re-telling of his tribute to the West Memphis 3’s Damien Echols and becomes a story of unrelenting love and endurance in the face of cruelty and injustice.

Not one to mine clichés, Carter immortalizes a real Chicago criminal’s flamboyant farewell on “Willie The Wimp,” and takes listeners down a dangerous strip of road in Texas on “Jacksboro Highway.” There’s the moment by moment of capturing the emotion of anticipation in “Paris.” He rants like a psychotic fugitive on “Fire On The Wire.”

“I am inspired to write by everything I experience; the weather, an odd conversation, a weird observation about someone, something that’s happening around me, and books I’ve read spark songs,” he explains. “Other music always penetrates my soul, especially the past masters who created the American roots blues, country, jazz, bluegrass and R&B. Writing is so cerebral that discipline is a major factor in delving deep into the cosmic consciousness and extracting some form of original substance.”

Though Carter just about holds native-son status in Austin, his roots actually trace back to Kentucky where his father, Cash Carter was born. Cash was the son of William Henry Carter (Bill’s namesake). William Henry’s first cousin was A.P. Carter, scion of country royals the Carter Family. Like so many kids of his generation, Carter picked up a guitar after hearing Bob Dylan and joined a band after hearing the Beatles. He made his way to Austin in 1976 and soon met his partner and collaborator, Ruth Ellsworth not long after.

With all its simplicity, Bill Carter is a gripping and honest collection filled with his perceptive lyrics told through an artistic blend of folk, rock, blues and Americana.

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Singer-Songwriter, Musician & Member of Austin Music Hall of Fame

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Bill Carter and The Blame Biography

Austin-based Bill Carter writes the kind of songs other artists turn to for inspiration and for their own material. Over the past three decades, he has earned a reputation for his own recordings and for providing songs for many legends of rock, blues and country, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Mayall, Ruth Brown, Robert Palmer, The Brian Setzer Orchestra and Waylon Jennings. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s cover of Carter’s “Crossfire” earned Carter a BMI “Million Air” award for more than three million spins.

On his own acclaimed records Carter has previously assembled some of the finest sidemen in music (as well as long-time friend and former bandmate actor Johnny Depp, who appeared backing Carter in 2013 on The Late Show With David Letterman).

For his tenth release, it’s appropriate that Carter would return to the very basics of the songs that have built his career. “I love to get in the studio and record and arrange music with great players,” Carter says. “But I also firmly believe that a song should stand on its own merits, stripped down and performed with only the tools used to create it in the first place.”

For his new, eponymously titled release, Carter does just that, and in so doing, illustrates why he is considered among Texas’ elite songwriters and artists. For Carter, writing songs is not about making hits for other artists. In fact, his approach is more art than commerce.

“I try to make sure that every single word is right,” he says. “I can’t stand a ‘cringe-point’ in a song where it’s obvious the writer just settled for a word that kind of fit. I refuse to just throw stuff out there. The lyric and the melody — these matter to me. And that’s not easy to do.”

On Bill Carter, the recordings are no frills-edgy, with Carter providing all the vocals and instrumentation. Take “Crossfire,” for example, which opens the album with his sparse, stripped down production. On this version, his world weary tenor is a cry for help in the confusion of dehumanizing distraction.

The humorous “Why Get Up” — covered by the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Robert Palmer — takes on a universal question, while “Anything Made of Paper” is a re-telling of his tribute to the West Memphis 3’s Damien Echols and becomes a story of unrelenting love and endurance in the face of cruelty and injustice.

Not one to mine clichés, Carter immortalizes a real Chicago criminal’s flamboyant farewell on “Willie The Wimp,” and takes listeners down a dangerous strip of road in Texas on “Jacksboro Highway.” There’s the moment by moment of capturing the emotion of anticipation in “Paris.” He rants like a psychotic fugitive on “Fire On The Wire.”

“I am inspired to write by everything I experience; the weather, an odd conversation, a weird observation about someone, something that’s happening around me, and books I’ve read spark songs,” he explains. “Other music always penetrates my soul, especially the past masters who created the American roots blues, country, jazz, bluegrass and R&B. Writing is so cerebral that discipline is a major factor in delving deep into the cosmic consciousness and extracting some form of original substance.”

Though Carter just about holds native-son status in Austin, his roots actually trace back to Kentucky where his father, Cash Carter was born. Cash was the son of William Henry Carter (Bill’s namesake). William Henry’s first cousin was A.P. Carter, scion of country royals the Carter Family. Like so many kids of his generation, Carter picked up a guitar after hearing Bob Dylan and joined a band after hearing the Beatles. He made his way to Austin in 1976 and soon met his partner and collaborator, Ruth Ellsworth not long after.

With all its simplicity, Bill Carter is a gripping and honest collection filled with his perceptive lyrics told through an artistic blend of folk, rock, blues and Americana.

Bill Carter and The Blame Videos

  • Bill Carter and The Blame: Crossfire
    Texas music legend Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest...
  • Bill Carter and The Blame: Paris
    Texas music legend Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest...
  • Bill Carter and The Blame: Willie the Wimp
    Texas music legend Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest...

FAQs on booking Bill Carter and The Blame

  • How to book Bill Carter and The Blame?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bill Carter and The Blame for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bill Carter and The Blame, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bill Carter and The Blame or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bill Carter and The Blame?

    Booking fees for Bill Carter and The Blame, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bill Carter and The Blame, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bill Carter and The Blame?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bill Carter and The Blame for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Carter and The Blame for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bill Carter and The Blame or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Carter and The Blame or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bill Carter and The Blame is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bill Carter and The Blame for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Bill Carter and The Blame generally travels from Austin, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Willie Nelson, Big Red Machine, Indigo De Souza, Kaleo and Chris Thile. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bill Carter and The Blame for an upcoming event.

Bill Carter and The Blame Speaker Videos

  • Bill Carter and The Blame: Crossfire
    Texas music legend Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray...
    Bill Carter and The Blame: Paris
    Texas music legend Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray...
  • Bill Carter and The Blame: Willie the Wimp
    Texas music legend Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray...

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