Chris Carter: guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, teacher
Chris Carter has performed in nightclubs, concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe leading his own group, The Chris Carter Band, or backing up such legendary artists as Marcia Ball/Irma Thomas/Tracy Nelson, Solomon Burke, Lester Chambers (of the Chambers Brothers), Chubby Checker, The Drifters, Eddie Floyd, Roy Gaines, The Ink Spots, Johnnie Johnson, Earl King, The Marvelettes, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Kenny Neal, The Platters, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Reverend Zen, Percy Sledge, Ronnie Spector, Hubert Sumlin, Howard Tate, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Uptown Horns Revue and Andre Williams.
Chris has also opened shows for Chuck Berry, Bobby Blue Bland, Lonnie Brooks, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley, Robert Gordon, Ben E. King, Mitch Ryder, Boz Scaggs, Pete Seeger, The Ventures and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary).
He's written, arranged and produced recordings for himself ("Night Shift", with Bobby Harden) and others, been featured on National Public Radio's syndicated program, "Portraits in Blue", and contributed an original tune, "Ain't Got No Home", to NBC's critically acclaimed prime time show, "Homicide: Life on the Streets". Recently, he played in the off-Broadway hit musical "Love, Janis", the life story of legendary blues-rock singer Janis Joplin.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT CHRIS CARTER'S LATEST CD "NIGHT SHIFT"
"This is a fine CD" Bruce Iglauer (president, Alligator Records, USA)
"Highlights of this very good album include two slow blues, 'Wrong Number' and [Otis] Rush's Right Place, Wrong Time, as well as 'Living Under the Gun and Shakin Blues, both of which deliver social commentary much in the manner of fellow New Yorker Michael Hill." JDK, Living Blues Magazine (USA)
"Chris Carter rolls out Big Apple-flavored funky blues on Night Shift Carter falls somewhere between B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix-a distorted tone decorates his songs. Best cuts: a nice slow blues take on Otis Rush's Right Place, Wrong Time, and the moody calypso of Carter's own 'Blues Zone'. High quality production is a plus." Ed Ivey, Blues Revue Magazine (USA)
"His playing is precise, concise and often exciting, with singing' tones intense feeling without excessive stylistic or electronic gimmickry."
Andre Hobus, Soul Bag Magazine (France)
"it is clear that Carter is a fine guitarist, ripping through Otis Rush's Right Place, Wrong Time, or playing some searing leads on Gimme Somethin' To Eat."
Jon Morgan, Cadence Magazine (USA)
"New Yorker Chris Carter is among the best guitarists currently working the East Coast blues circuit. Carter and his excellent band are beginning to attract serious attention with their new CD, 'Night Shift'. A bold, blues-drenched effort that's loaded with great new tunes, the CD has a few well-chosen covers and some of the best interplay between vocals and guitar heard in ages. Carter is an aggressive, imaginative guitarist nothing short of brilliant. Chris Carter's 'Night Shift' is a blues masterpiece that receives my absolutely highest recommendation."
Bob Cianci, The River Reporter Newspaper (upstate New York, USA)
"Carter is a first rate guitarist and proves his mettle with some fine songwriting on 'Night Shift'. The disc was recorded with a top shelf band and it holds up well with repeated listening."
Keith A. Mulhare, New York City Blues Society Newsletter (USA)
"Ten electric cuts making up forty-four minutes of funky, rockin' New York blues. Yes, New York City! Hard guitar and r&b/soulrock slants make this an interesting listen. Good arrangements, hot guitar runs and phrasings, and special guest vocalist Bobby Harden. Funked out bass lines, hard breathing keyboards, and pocketed drummin'. Chris Carter is for real Big Apple music with mostly original material!" Mark Cole, Big City Blues Magazine (USA)