The secret to the unknown is that it is not a secret at all. Just follow the trail of The Texas Music Hall of Fame music legend, Bill Carter and The Blame to their new album, "Unknown” . Bill’s music and songwriting mastery has long ago taken the U.S. by storm and this music master legend is definitely far above the pack. In fact, Bill Carter and The Blame recently appeared, accompanied by Johnny Depp, on the David Letterman Show in New York, performing "Anything Made Of Paper" and "Road To Nowhere", from the "West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice", the album inspired by the acclaimed "West Of Memphis" documentary. Purchases of the album in part directly benefit the West Memphis Three. The momentum has always been full speed ahead and will continue as Bill embarks on a solo tour through the U.S.
Bill Carter and The Blame are one of the nation’s best known alternative rhythm, rock and roll and blues bands spreading throughout the country today. I hesitate to call it folksy - it is surely 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. "Unknown” is the one you will keep near you in your favorites library. It’s just one that you will never get tired of hearing each song.
To have an album called "Unknown” is a far cry from what Bill Carter and The Blame really are and what they have accomplished with a mega-lineup of artists nationwide. Calling Bill Carter a troubadour is an understatement as much as admitting to someone that a fire engine is red. Bill Carter and The Blame has been a pillar of the Austin music scene for nearly three decades, helping shape the city rich musical history along with songwriting partner, Ruth Ellsworth, yet their spectacular reputations and music are spread from all corners and between in the U.S. They have had country hits and songs in major motion pictures like "From Dusk Till Dawn," "The Secret Life of Dave Gale" and "Once Upon a Time In Mexico".
Bill’s fame as a master songwriter and performer has also been sought aggressively by the top music and entertainment professionals. His songwriting genius has attracted more than 200 artists who have found gold in this Texas Troubadour, including Stevie Ray Vaughan ( Bill and Ruth are responsible for Stevies only #1 Hit "Crossfire ",) Carter and Ellsworth received the BMI “Million Airs” Award for over 2 million airplays of their Stevie Ray Vaughan mega hit “Crossfire.” The track won the “Decade Award for Best Song” at the Austin Music Awards in March of 2000.
Other artists who have sought out Bill Carter for his mastery of songwriting include The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Palmer, Counting Crows, Storyville, Omar and The Howlers, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ruth Brown, John Anderson, and Waylon Jennings.
And, that barely scratches the surface of Bill Carter and The Blame’s accomplishments. Their evolving lineup has hosted some of the world's greatest musicians, including guitarists Charlie Sexton and Denny Freeman (Bob Dylan Band), Chris Layton (SRV Double Trouble), Dony Wynn (Robert Palmer,) Mike Thompson (The Eagles), Johnny Depp (yes, that Johnny Depp,) Billy Gibbons, Brian Setzer and many others. Carter is also a founding member of the famed Hollywood band "P" with Gibby Haynes of The Butthole Surfers, Johnny Depp and Sal Jenco. They released the eponymous album ‘P’ in 1995 on Capitol Records, featuring Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, Flea, and Ruth Ellsworth.
In August 2010, Carter participated in the Voices for Justice Concert and Rally in Little Rock, Arkansas in support of the West Memphis Three. Carter performed “Anything Made Of Paper,” an original song that he and Ellsworth wrote specifically for Damien Echols and wife Lorri Davis.
Carter also joined Patti Smith for “People Have The Power” during the show's finale, along with Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Ben Harper, and Johnny Depp. “Anything Made of Paper” is featured in the documentary film, “West of Memphis.” The track and Carter’s cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Road To Nowhere” is included in the “West of Memphis” soundtrack release.
PBS-Austin released an hour long documentary on Bill Carter and The Blame in August of 2012, as part of the station’s "Arts In Context" series. This live show tribute featured interviews and testimonials with Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, Charlie Sexton, Jimmie Vaughan, and Johnny Depp.
If it couldn’t get any better, Carter will be featured in the upcoming documentary film, "That's What I'm Doing Here" (Matt McCormack), also showcasing legendary storytellers Alejandro Escovedo and Charlie Sexton.
You'll have a chance to experience Bill Carter and The Blame in Houston on:
August 20, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. McGonigel's Mucky Duck
- 2425 Norfolk (two blocks North of 59 (Southwest Freeway) one block East of Kirby Drive,) Houston, Texas 77098
- (713) 528-5999
- Hours: Monday thru Saturday: 11:00 am - 2am / Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm We are usually closed for New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
August 23, 2013 at Dan's Electro's Guitar Bar Contact us for bookings, rental, or other matters.
- 1031 E.24th St., Houston, Texas 77009
- Phone: 713-862-8707 Check venue for time
- Hours: Wed: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. /Thu - Sat: 7:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
- Sun: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: Click here for more August, September and October schedules and to buy tickets for all Bill Carter’s many U.S. concerts including California, Nevada, Oklahoma and throughout Texas.
Check out Bill's "Anything Made Of Paper" and "Road To Nowhere", from the "West Of Memphis: Voices For Justice", the album inspired by the acclaimed "West Of Memphis" documentary. Purchases of the album in part directly benefit the West Memphis Three.