Bill Carleton

Bill Carleton

 Hartford, Connecticut, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Bill Carleton serves his upbeat, original Pop-Rock with a solid dose of 4-to-the-floor.

"Sonicbids Campus Activities Magazine Featured Artist" "Hartford Advocate Band Slam Best Acoustic Duo, Bassist and Drummer"

Biography

Bill Carleton comes from a musically gifted family — a music scholarship/endowment at Colgate University is named for his aunt and muse, the late Mary Kate Carleton. But it wasn't until Carleton's college days at the University of Delaware that he began writing and performing. Upon returning to Connecticut, Bill began playing open mics, fundraisers, taking whatever steps necessary to have his music heard, which has now led to well-received performances at venues such as Toads Place, Iron Horse Music Hall and The Bitter End having supported acts such as Ari Hest, Toby Lightman and The Alternate Routes. His most recent feat was completing a full length album in response to the economic crisis entitled, "Squeeze the People" -- which is receiving critical acclaim from market analysts who comment regularly on current events.

"Bill Carleton's 'Squeeze the People' is Freedom Music of the People who are being squeezed to death by Fat Cat Wall Street Bankers. He speaks about how Main Street is in the hands of a Roulette Wheel. He is so correct." -- James E. Sinclair, jsmineset.com

"Bill Carleton comes equipped with a troubadour's soul and a backlog of brilliant original tunes. His music is emotional, with catchy hooks, enchanting lyrics, and captivating melodies." -- Keith McBride, Northeast Performer Magazine.

With lyrical songwriting and a universal emotional appeal, Bill Carleton has spent the last decade impressing audiences all over the Northeast. Influenced by Shawn Colvin, similar to John Mayer, and evoking Dave Matthews in his shows, Bill remains brilliantly unique - a truly talented songwriter.

"Carleton has a touch of James Taylor's reedy voice, but none of the kumbaya quaintness that tarnishes much of Taylor's best known work. What comes through clearly is Carleton's exceeding sensitivity." -- Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate

** Bill Carleton Band is the Hartford Advocate's Reader's Poll Choice Winner of: Best Duo (Bill Carleton and Lee Sylvestre), Best Bassist (Dan Prindle) and Best Drummer (Travis LaMothe) **

** Campus Activities Magazine Selected Bill Carleton Band as a Featured Upcoming Act **

"He's got a voice that walks the fine line between strong and suave. He writes songs that hold more captivating imagery than the Louvre, and he's got a backing band that's tighter than spandex." -- Keith McBride, Northeast Performer Magazine

As a group, the band's live performances remind one of Counting Crows and the Barenaked Ladies, with electric and acoustic renditions of Bill's songs, as well as respectfully covered tunes by Bruce Hornsby, Bob Marley, Dave Matthews Band, Johnny Cash, John Mayer and Men at Work.

COLLEGES PLAYED

-Saint Joseph College - CT
-University of Connecticut - CT
-Eastern Connecticut State University - CT
-Central Connecticut State University - CT
-Northwest Connecticut Community College - CT
-Yale University - CT
-Brookdale Community College - NJ
-Monmouth College - NJ
-New Jersey Institute of Technology - NJ
-New York Medical College - NY
-Cornell Medical College - NY
-Marist College - NY
-Mass Liberal Arts College - MA
-College of the Holy Cross - MA
-Tufts University - MA
-Wellesley College - MA
-Penn State University - PA
-University of Delaware - DE

VENUES

-Toad's Place (New Haven, CT)
-The Webster Theater (Hartford, CT)
-The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ)
-Tribeca Rock Club (New York, NY)
-Columbus Theater (Providence, RI)
-The AREA Venue (Newport, RI)
-AS220 (Providence, RI)
-Coda (New York, NY)
-Kenny's Castaways (New York, NY)
-Club Groove (New York, NY)
-Alphabet Lounge (New York, NY)
-Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)
-The Stone Balloon (Newark, DE)
-The Space (Hamden, CT)
-Club Blu (Hartford, CT)
-Vanilla Bean Cafe (Pomfret, CT)
-The Thirsty Turtle (Stamford, CT)
-The Playwright (Stamford, CT)
-Main Pub (Manchester, CT)
-John Harvard's (Manchester, CT)
-Connecticut Agricultural Fair (Goshen, CT)
-Cafe Tazza (Providence, RI)
-West Side Arts Center (Providence, RI)
-Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA)
-Theodore's (Springfield, MA)
-The Common Ground (Allston, MA)
-Skybar (Somerville, MA)
-Zeitgiest Gallery (Boston, MA)
-The Point (Faneuil Hall � Boston, MA)
-East End Cafe (Newark, DE)
-Brewed Awakenings (Newark, DE)
-Klondike Kates (Newark, DE)
-Deer Park Tavern (Newark, DE)

He has shared bills with National and Regional acts such as:

- Ari Hest (Columbia)
- Toby Lightman
- The Alternate Routes
- Mieka Pauley
- Will Dailey
- Renata (RCA)
- Apathy (Atlantic)
- Bobby Strange (toured with Springsteen)
- Snoozebox
- Steve Rodgers of Mighty Purple
- Noam Weinstein (recorded with Nora Jones)
- Naomi Sommers
- Lori Amey (Lillith Fair '99 Performer)
- Laurie MacAllister (recorded with Dar Williams)
- Pat Wictor
- Tim Blane

Lyrics

Valentine

Written By: Bill Carleton

Everybody's born a warm child.
Every choice is yours to make.
Soon you'll learn that you lived all your life, never learning from your mistakes.
You haven't lived outside your Lincoln Logs, where you built a house to stay safe.
And now you cry yourself to sleep at night, because everything's too hard to take.

I don't want to seem out of line. But I can't believe what's ahead of me is the way to go, baby. And you really can't deny that you can't see where you going to be, even when you die.

Everybody wants a Valentine, just to be in love for a day.
Soon you'll find she'll try to mess you up, and now you push yourself to be late.
Everybody says you wouldn't mind when it's really something you hate.
Now you wish you had your Lincoln Logs to build a raft and float away.

I don't want to seem out of line. But I can't believe what's ahead of me is the way to go, baby. And you really can't deny that you can't see where you going to be, even when you die.

And all I need is a lifetime to breathe in the air that lets me sing.

Taste of Skyroad

Written By: Bill Carleton

Your forklift, picks me up, spins me round, drops me on a mountain, your side of town.

Walking beams, gusts of wind, shoving me, I am scared to, look down.

But look down – see that life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Keep looking down – keep in mind that we’re high above all that you know
On our way to sky road.

You tug a cloud, it makes a sound, I can feel the wind start to swirl around

You call my name, and it’s okay, we’re going to float up and look down

So look down – see that life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Look down, keep in mind that we’re high above all that you know

Here’s a taste of sky road.

You’re a crazy girl…
I think I’m crazy too…
Well in a crazy world…
We’re fine doing what we do.

You’re a crazy girl…
I think I’m crazy for you…
And in this crazy world…
I’d rather have an overview…

Here’s a taste of skyroad.

Living in a Honeymoon

Written By: Bill Carleton

New love is blinding.
We're still behind the starting line.
False start -- so we do it again.
Still looking for ways to get ahead.
The shortcut is to cuddle-up, and buckle into a catapult.
Then you draw swords, cut the line, and catapult towards the finish line.

'Cause we're still living in a honeymoon.
Darlin' don't worry -- as long as we're flying we're okay.
We're still living in a honeymoon.
And we haven't got a clue.

Darlin' I've believed in angels
Since the day you waved your arms in the snow
Hard to believe that was just a week ago
Yeah, we moved fast, we lost track, never felt it was safe to look back.

So let's draw swords, cut the line, and catapult towards the finish line.

'Cause we're still living in a honeymoon.
Darlin' don't worry -- as long as we're flying we're okay.
We're still living in a honeymoon.
And we haven't got a clue.

Winning Streak

Written By: Bill Carleton

I put the quarters in
I pull the lever back
And once the 7’s lineup, I’m right on track.

Bouncing all around
Scoring big wins for nothing
But if I can get high enough
I might be good for something

Chorus:

I’m on a winning streak
I’m headed to the stars
If I could stop and think
I’d see I’ve gone too far

But that would take everything – wouldn’t it, wouldn’t it – wouldn’t it feel nice?

Verse II:

I wish I was a wreckingball baby
I’d roll right through the haze
But your slight of hand is so beautiful
I forget why I shouldn’t stay

You push all the right buttons now, baby.
So I won’t ever want out
I keep on bouncing around
Scoring wins, with my head in the clouds.

Chorus:

I’m on a winning streak
I’m headed to the stars
If I could stop and think
I’d see I’ve gone too far

Way too far…
But I am the only one…

I’m the only one who can help me.
But that would take everything, wouldn’t it, wouldn’t it – wouldn’t it feel nice?

Hold On

Written By: Bill Carleton

We jumped into love again, at the wrong time and place.

"Excuse me, do you have the time? 'Cause I think we might be too late."

Chorus:

We lost fuel somehow.
I guess it doesn't take long until you're backed up against the wall.
I thought things would turn around.
But that's a silly expectation when you never try to hold on.

Verse II:

I jumped back to switch tracks, towards the girl standing down the hall -- 'cause it's safe to say you'll never know.

When you think there's no one else, you start to limit yourself. So maybe it's time to turn off this road.

Chorus:

I lost fuel somehow.
I guess it doesn't take long until I'm fed up with it all.
I thought things would turn around.
But that's a silly expectation when you never try to hold on.

Bridge:

I'll take the road back to you, and hope you'll leave me some room -- so I can lay it all down that it's me and it's not you.

And if I can't bring this back, please understand we've lost all our hope if we never try to hold on.

Hold on, please hold on.

Ahead of Things

Written By: Bill Carleton

The change, that comes once you've fallen out of love -- it fills your heart with the freedom to yell, "I don't need you now"

But when all of the hundreds of heart shapes are gone, you remember the things that you had all along, and you search for love.

Chorus:

Running far ahead...
Feeling out of breath...
This stretch of road is so long...
You don't want to be alone, but you're too far ahead of things, you've gotta take things slow.

Verse II

You call up your friends on a weekday night -- and they all have plans because love's in their life. You start sinking down, and signup online for the personal ads, to tell everyone you're the perfect catch. You can't stop trying.

Running far ahead...
Feeling out of breath...
This stretch of road is so long...
You don't want to be alone, but you're too far ahead of things, you've gotta take things slow.

Bridge:

This is it, it's your last try. Even though you know it isn't right. She'll tell you as she says goodbye, "We shouldn't be in love. It's just one night."

Running far ahead...
Feeling out of breath...
This stretch of road is so long...
You don't want to be alone, but you're too far ahead of things, you've gotta change... Too far ahead of things, it's gotta change... Too far ahead of things, just gotta take it slow.

Slow Down Fast

Written By: Bill Carleton

It feels like I'm going 105 through neighborhoods full of ordinary lives.

But my passion is lost without this drive and now the old-fashioned dreams, I'll pass them by.

Chorus:

The longer I stall, the longer I'm held back. I wish I could catch up to tell you that when I look at you, there's nothing I can do. Your beauty makes my world slow down fast.

Verse II:

Don't get me wrong I want a family and a picket fence that's white.

But I've seen that road and it doesn't look very wide.

So I'll take the path the one that fate saves for me.

And I hope that someday someone will share this road with me.

Chorus:

The longer I stall, the longer I'm held back. I wish I could catch up to tell you that when I look at you, there's nothing I can do. Your beauty makes my world slow down fast.

Bridge:

I'd love to meet you here, I'd love to find you there. I'd love to give you just enough to see... that I won't be everything -- but what I'm offering, I want to share. I want to share with you everyday, in everyway.

Chorus Out:

The longer I stall, the longer I'm held back. I wish I could catch up to tell you that when I look at you, there's nothing I can do. Your beauty makes my world slow down fast.

Discography

LP Contintental Breakdown -- Spring 2008
Current LP "Diving Dreamers" -- June, 2006
CD Preview "Do It Yourself" -- May, 2005
Debut LP "As Promised" -- July, 2004.

Radio Airplay:
-XMU Artist Unsigned (February 2007) XM43
-WZBG 97.3 Litchfield, CT.
-WPLR 99.1 New Haven, CT
-WESU (Wesleyan College)
-WICC AM600, Bridgeport, CT
-WPKN (University of Bridgeport)
-WCHC Holy Cross Radio -- College of the Holy Cross.
-WVUD "Cutting Edge" -- University of Delaware

Set List

Bill's show will range anywhere from 1-4 hours either as a solo, duo or band performance. Coffeehouse and Concert Hall settings can apply depending on the requested programming. The songs categorize as acoustic pop, folk and rock, with over 75 original songs available.

Covers Includes but is not limited to Songs by:

John Mayer
Coldplay
Dave Matthews Band
Tom Petty
Bob Marley
Bruce Springsteen
Men at Work
Fleetwood Mac
Duncan Shiek
Van Morrison
The Police
Pearl Jam
Damien Rice
John Gorka
Toto
Bruce Hornsby
Stray Cats
Yes
U2