Bill Carter

Artist bio

Bill Carter and The Blame has been a pillar of the Austin music scene for nearly three decades, helping shape the citys rich musical history along with songwriting partner Ruth Ellsworth. Over 200 artists have found gold in the songwriting genius of this Texas Troubadour, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Palmer,The Counting Crows, Storyville, Omar and The Howlers, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ruth Brown, John Anderson, and Waylon Jennings.

Bill Carter and The Blames 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, 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.

Carter and Ellsworth received the BMI "Million Airs" Award for over 2 million airplays of their Stevie Ray Vaughan mega hit "Crossfire." In March of 2000, the track won the "Decade Award for Best Song" at the Austin Music Awards.

In August 2010, Carter participated in the Voices for Justice Concert and Rally in Little Rock, AR 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" will be featured in the upcoming documentary film, "West of Memphis." The track and Carters cover of Ozzy Osbournes "Road To Nowhere" will be included in the "West of Memphis" soundtrack release (out December 11, 2012).

In August of 2012, PBS-Austin released an hour long documentary on Bill Carter and The Blame as part of the stations "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.

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.