Bill Carter Solo

Sam's Burger Joint Presents:

Bill Carter Solo

Johnny Chops

Thu, April 12, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00 - $50.00

This event is 18 and over

NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $12 Advance/ $15 Day of Show/ $50 Reserved Booth

Bill Carter
Bill Carter
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.”
Johnny Chops
Johnny Chops
When he isn't holding down a solid groove playing bass or writing the occasional Texas Music Chart #1 (Last Last Chance) with the Randy Rogers Band, Johnny Chops is charting his own path through the muddy waters of a soul soaked, roots rock revival. After the 2013 release of his first solo album, Sticks and Stones, he enlisted the sonic expertise of David Abeyta (Guitar, Production -Reckless Kelly) to craft an album of original blues, country, soul and rock that showcases not only his vocal and songwriting abilities, but an all star band as well. The eponymous "Johnny Chops & The Razors", out March 23, has already begun a groundswell of attention from for the debut video, "Believer." The second single and video, "Taking A Chance On Me" features special guests, the Gospel Starz, a family group who have been singing together in churches and venues across the state for almost 40 years. The Glide Magazine premiere praised the song's "bluesy, southern boogie sound...infectious, uplifting chorus."
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215