Bill Claxton

Bill Claxton

 Royse City, Texas, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Claxton Welch is a folk/rock band comprised of Bill Claxton, Paul Welch, Jared Calkins, and Ricky Turner While they do some covers of rock, blues and folk/rock, they primarily play original music composed by Bill Claxton.  Influences on his music include latin, folk/rock, americana, singer/songwriter. Bill plays both acoustic and electric rhythm guitar and harmonica.  Paul, a very accomplished guitarist, plays both acoustic and electric lead guitar. Bill is the lead vocalist and Paul provides harmony vocals. Their first album entitled Claxton Welch has 10 original songs written by Bill Claxton In 2008, Bill and Paul formed Claxton Welch and began playing Bill's original music. They can either perform electric or acoustic sets of their music. Their most notable engagement this year was the 2010 Richardson Wildflower! Festival! They have also performed a few times at Poor David's Pub in Dallas, Texas.Jared Calkins plays bass guitar in the band. Jared started playing piano at age six, moved on to drums in high school, and discovered the bass guitar in college. For the next 15 years, he would go through a slew of bands including: Rhythmfinger, Cardinal Points, Southpaw Preachers, the Logarithmix, Aural Tide, Ezra Thomas, Linus (out of College Station), Left of Eliot, Liquor Box, Don't Tell Mama, as well as various solo artists. The list of stages Jared has played is even longer, and consists of venues such as Trees, Gypsy Tea Room, Mardi Gras, QT Ballpark in Grand Prairie, Club Dada, The Door, The Aardvark, The 19th Hole in The Woodlands, The Sidecar Pub in Houston, TCU campus, 3rd Floor Cantina in Bryan, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bronco Bowl, and many others. While he is schooled in many genres, he has a style all his own.
Ricky Turner has been drumming in the Dallas-Fort Worth arena since 1967. He grew up in East Dallas and graduated from Bryan Adams High School. Savoir- Faire was his first endeavor and they played all the “happening” clubs in Dallas of that era. Ricky was also the drummer for Bedrock, the first band formed by Bill Claxton and Paul Welch. Ricky has also played with many local Dallas musicians, most notably Kenny & the Kasuals, Voodoo Lounge, a Rolling Stones cover band and The James Ferris Group. He enjoys playing all music genres. Ricky is a member of the Big D 60’s Yahoo Group which is dedicated to archiving the history of 60’s and 70’s bands from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is an avid collector of vinyl and currently has over 10,000 lp’s , 45’s and 78’s in his eclectic collection.

Copyright 2009-2010 Claxton Welch

Lyrics

Let Me Ride

Written By: Bill Claxton

South of the City

I'm livin' down south of the city
Just a hop and a jump from the borderline
The moon and the stars look so pretty
Gonna try 'fore I die to make it mine
Carmelita, play your love song so pretty
Oh mi corazon, it's making it hard to bear
When the summer sun comes shining over your city
You better look down south, you ain't gonna find me here

The work's not so bad in the springtime
With the brush in bloom and amor in the air
You dance with the wind and sing with the bird in the air
Like a new born fawn come busting down the cendero
The look in your eye, I'd follow you anywhere

Touch me like the moon on the cennizo
Fill me like the laughing brook so clear
Sing with the voice of the sparrow
And hold me in your loving arms so dear
Love me like this moment will last forever
We have the time, if not all the money we need
Time falls apart the moment that we fall together
If this is a jar, I don't ever want to be freed

Le Me Ride

Written By: Bill Claxton

Let Me Ride
by Bill Claxton

Mama, let me ride that train
One a goin' down that track
That smoke's blowin' black as coal
I may never find my way back
I knew a young boy who'd stand in the clearing
Where the wind blew free with his hat in his hand
As he looked after the train in the distance
Call over the tracks as along them he ran

Mama, let me ride that train
The one a goin' down that track
That smoke's blowin' black as coal
I may never find my way back
His mother was old she just couldn't listen
The cries of his heart or the pleas of his soul
He couldn't quit thinking as he crossed through the clearing
Of the things he'd leave and the places he'd go

Mama, let me ride that train
The one a goin' down that track
That smoke's blowin' black as coal
I may never find my way back
The world was too hard for that boy in the clearing
That people kill for thing's others invest in
Hatred is blessed, blessings go unheeded
What can you turn to, what can you believe in

Mama, let me ride that train
The one a goin' down that track
That smoke's blowin' black as coal
I may never find my way back
That smoke's blowin' black as coal
I may never find my way back

South of the City

Written By: Bill Claxton

South of the City
by Bill Claxton

I'm livin' down south of the city
Just a hop and a jump from the borderline
The moon and the stars look so pretty
Gonna try 'fore I die to make it mine
Carmelita, play your love song so pretty
Oh mi corazon, it's making it hard to bear
When the summer sun comes shining over your city
You better look down south, you ain't gonna find me here

The work's not so bad in the springtime
With the brush in bloom and amor in the air
You dance with the wind and sing with the bird in the air
Like a new born fawn come busting down the cendero
The look in your eye, I'd follow you anywhere

Touch me like the moon on the cennizo
Fill me like the laughing brook so clear
Sing with the voice of the sparrow
And hold me in your loving arms so dear
Love me like this moment will last forever
We have the time, if not all the money we need
Time falls apart the moment that we fall together
If this is a jar, I don't ever want to be freed

Anton's Blues

Written By: Bill Claxton

Anton's Blues

This old world's an uncertain place
Every day it's struggle and strife
The banker don't care if you lose your farm
If the crops wash away tonight

I'll go a walkin'

I guess I caught old Anton's Blues
I'd turn 'em back if I could
I'm gonna lace up my walkin' shoes
I'm heading out into the woods

I'm goin' walkin'

The moon shines down to color my world
In shades of black and white
I'm keeping one step in front of my shadow
I might walk this way all night

I'm goin' walkin'

Cotton Club Revue

Written By: Bill Claxton

Cotton Club Revue

Step up, step up, you'll want to be the first in line.
Between the music and the girls, I know you'll have a real good time.
Every word that I say is true, here at the Cotton Club Revue

Little Anthony's playing a song about the sex machine
I guarantee, you'll hear somethin' like you've never seen.
That back beat gonna make you move, here at the Cotton Club Revue

Cleo's a little darlin'; she just wants to break your heart
As long as you've got money, I know she's gonna play her part
I see she just got her signal; her numbers just about to start.

My first time here, it hit me like a stingeree
Then Lester snuck in and went missin' for a week
Said he don't know where the time flew, here at the Cotton Club Revue