Carter Sampson

Carter Sampson

 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Carter Sampson is an award winning, nationally touring singer songwriter. She has independently released 4 studio albums and is currently recording a new full length record with Travis Linville and John Moreland in Norman, OK. Carter spent the last two years touring the U.S. in her 23ft. RV playing 200+ shows a year and is now based out of Oklahoma City.

Biography

Carter Sampson is an Okie born, Oklahoma based singer-songwriter. Blessed by a musical legacy from a family that includes such talents as Roy Orbison, Carter’s journey as a musician seems to have been predestined. A naturally independent free spirit, what started as a pastime at age 15 had matured into a dedicated passion of creation and performance. Her empowering, relatable and appealing music has garnered her an incredibly diverse and loyal fan base. Audiences and sound engineers alike find that appearances can be deceiving as this diminutive figure delivers a powerful and compelling performance. Carter has made several appearances at the songwriter’s Mecca, The Blue Door, both opening for artists such as Patrice Pike, Lucy Kaplansky and Susan Gibson as well as headlining her own shows. She has also played The Blue Door's Annual Tribute to Woody Guthrie along with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Kevin Welch. Her songs have been played on radio stations nationwide and she makes live radio appearances regularly.  Carter also plays many outdoor festivals which have included the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the Paseo Arts Festival, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts and The Illinois River Jam. She spent a year playing music in the subways of Boston creating a following there that quickly led to club dates in Massachusetts and the Northeast. Carter has opened shows for artist like The Elephant Revival, Pat Green and toured Texas and Oklahoma with Bitch and Animal of Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. Sampson was named a "Top 12 Finalist" in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and preformed at The Lincoln Center in NY, NY. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Contest gave Sampson an "Honorable Mention".

Her second studio album Good for the Meantime was recorded by Travis Linville at DirtyBird Studios and was mastered by Garrett Hines at Treelady Studios. 

In April 2011 Carter launched a new project on www.kickstarter.com and her 3rd cd Mockingbird Sing was released 11-11-11.  The record has 11 original songs and includes "John Hardy" a traditional tune recorded by artist such as Woody Guthrie and The Carter Family. Mockingbird Sing features Carter's band, The County Seat, and was recorded at East Hall Studios in Fayetteville, AR and mastered at Treelady Studios in Turtle Creek, PA.

Her newest release is a solo acoustic 5 song EP titled Thirty Three (available as a digital download) and she is recording a new full length studio album with Travis Linville and John Moreland in Norman, OK. 

Carter spent the last two years touring the U.S. in her 23ft. RV playing 200+ shows a year and is now based out of Oklahoma City. 


Fly Over the Moon is available on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com
Good for the Meantime is available on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com
Mockingbird Sing is available on iTunes and at www.cartersampson.bandcamp.com

33 is available on iTunes and at www.cartersampson.bandcamp.com

- See more at: http://cartersampson.net

"Sampson has got a killer combination: engaging stage presence, lovely and honest songs and a voice that will knock you out." - EDIE CAREY- SINGER SONGWRITER

"Singer-songwriter Carter Sampson displayed a playful and touching vulnerability in her songs." - PATRICK CRAIN, LOUD Magazine

"Precious as platinum...Sampson's songs had distinctive lyrical might and musical charm." - DOUG HILL, NORMAN TRANCRIPT, POP

"As if Carter's lyrics, voice and stage presence weren't enough to secure herself to the music scene, she's got great hair and travels with her dog." -SUSAN GIBSON, WRITER OF "WIDE OPEN SPACES"

"Awesome singer, awesome songwriter. Highly fucking recommended" - RYAN ADAMS, LOST HIGHWAY RECORDS

"This folksy, bluesy sounding young lady nails her original songs with great skill and confidence, and paints great pictures in your mind of what she is singing about with great clarity, and skill. If you like original music, great lyrics and a touch of attitude, then this young artist's cd is one to get hold of." - STAN MOFFAT, PAYNE COUNTY LINE

Lyrics

Make Me a Machine

Written By: Carter Sampson

If you lived on my street
Would you see the things that I see
Would you take things for granted
Or would you open you mouth up to speak

Dear Mr. Guthrie
Lay your eyes on me
Make me strong
Make me a machine

I don’t live in a dust bowl
I know what I am going to eat
I don’t have to work very hard
For the things my foremothers could not see

Dear Mr. Guthrie
Lay your eyes on me
Make me strong
Make me a machine

I am not quite a gypsy
I don’t entertain war torn troops at see
But I believe
That my actions scream louder than what I sing

Dear Mr. Guthrie
Lay your eyes on me
Make me strong
Make me a machine

My world is rich
With knowledge I am not poor
But I think you could teach me a few things
Like they are not pearly gates but a pair of blue doors

Dear Mr. Guthrie
Lay your eyes on me
Make me strong
Make me a machine

Payne County Line

Written By: Carter Sampson

I did not get much sleep last night
Had to wait it out thru another hellish fight
If I can just make it another 15 miles
I will be safe with the angels on my side
Past the Payne County line

I thought this time it would do me in
I keep placing my bets and I never win
If I can just make it another 15 miles
I can say to my self I made it out alive
I’m past the Payne County line

I’m at my wits end
I got two options on my hands
Grab my whisky and a loaded .45
Or I can drive drive drive
To the Payne County Line

The monsters not just hiding under my bed
He’s all around me and I am scared to death
If I can just make it another 15 miles
There ain’t gonna be any bad guys by my side
Past the Payne County line

I will be there in no time
I’m drivin so fast this old cars gonna fly
Stirrin up dust I’m leavin it all behind
The house the dreams the life
Behind the Payne County line

No Life Within

Written By: Carter Sampson

Wake up Belle Starr
Show me how to shoot
Then we can rob
A train or two
Lets take on Billy
Lets take on Joe
Hold up the next bank we pass on the road

We could have been housewives all pretty and pale
Cooking dinner without a story to tell
Parties and petticoats and real soft skin
No danger no adventure
No life within

Grace OMalley lets cut off our hair
Then set sail from the ocean we will hail
Lets raise the sails high
Raise the black flag
Fight like warriors and take waht we don't have

Joan of Arc get out your armor
Show me how to fight better than the boys
We can lead an army
Start a revolution
And all of the angels can show us the way

I Don't Want Him

Written By: Carter Sampson

When he goes into town
All the ladies gather around
To beg for his sweet hand
I don't want him to be my man

Cause he's a little too clean
He's a lot too nice
He lights up the room like the fourth of July
He never drinks

Jesus is Coming to Ohio

Written By: Carter Sampson

My daddy says Jesus is comin, Jesus is comin, Jesus is comin
And he’s gonna touch down in Ohio
My dad says I’m gonna move in, he’s gonna move in, I’m gonna move in
And we are all gonna call him the messiah
The only trouble is I don’t think I feel the fire
The only trouble is I think we are in the presence of a liar

He’s gonna teach us the good word from the good book and the good lord
And if we don’t believe him we will never be righteous
He’s gonna bless us with his hand upon our chest upon my breast
And if we don’t let him we’re never gonna make it to heaven

All you prophets gather around, gather around, gather around
Good fathers gonna keep us safe from evil
Be a good girl and lie down, lie down, lie down
If you take this drink you’re gonna get to meet your maker

In the grand scheme of things
Whats a man in your bed, what’s a bullet in your head to Jesus
He says it will be aright, don’t think twice you got your self a good leader

Drink it down, drink it down, drink it down,
Drink it down, just let go, don’t you wanna be ready
Drink it down, just let go, Jesus is coming to Ohio

Be My Wildwood Flower

Written By: Carter Sampson

The sun comes up over a dirty skyline
And I got you on my mind
My head hurts, my heart aches
I guess I'm running out of time

Baby, will you see me
Or are you already gone
In the arms of another
Somewhere I don't belong

Be my wildwood flower
Be my evening rose
Be my moon be my star
Just don't leave me here alone

I know I've been gone a long long time
I know it's a lot to ask
I know I ain't been so good
I've done you wrong in the past

Baby, will you see me
Or are you already gone
In the arms of another
Somewhere I don't belong

Be my wildwood flower
Be my evening rose
Be my moon be my star
Just don't leave me here alone

I'm drowning in whisky
I am drinking to much wine
So darlin' please be mine

Be my wildwood flower
Be my evening rose
Be my moon be my star
Just don't leave me here alone

Better Ways

Written By: Carter Sampson

He heard her singing in her mama's cabin
Tired of selling seeds
Won't you sing me another
After she sang the engine song
He got on one knee said marry me

There's better ways to work this land
Than farming it with my own two hands

He heard her playing down by the river
He said I think you make the Holston run
You make my heart beat faster
When you play that old Gibson

There's better ways to work this land
Than farming it with my own two hands

He disappeared all the time
That old man walk for miles and miles
Out on the hunt for the perfect song
He'd teach it to the girls when he got home

There's better ways to work this land
Than farming it with my own two hands

They piled in the old automobile
Mama put the pedal to the floor
We're gonna make it to the Opry
Before they close those damned old doors

I'm gonna leave a legacy
Gonna make a path for my family

Wildbird

Written By: Carter Sampson

A wild bird, a humming bird and a lark
I keep you locked up in a locket close to my heart
Go to heaven on a big jet plane get your passport stamped and come back again
Tell me stories about the good old days
When everyone I know and love was safe

CHORUS
When everybody is under ground
Rain won’t stop it keeps falling down
And I don’t know who to blame
For the things I cannot change

Now I’m half way across the country
Watching storms blow away my city
Hoping everyone there will be left alone, safe and sound when I get back home
Telling stories about the good old days
When everyone I know and love was safe

CHORUS

I’m not God, I can’t turn back time
I can’t move, my hands are tied
I’ve called and called but I can’t get through
Sitting here and I think of you

CHORUS

Highway Rider

Written By: Carter Sampson

I heard the wings of a buzzard in my ear
It’s cold here in Texas but it’s that time of year
I came up from the coast and it was fine
There’s a little place hanging on to the earth that I could make mine

CHORUS
May these six wheels take me far
Everyday I move on
Time is money and I got nothing but time
And a highway rider

Home is where the heart is, ain’t that a shame
I can’t seem to keep my heart in the same place
I’ll take to the wind, I’ll take to the sky
Ce la vie till I die

CHORUS

I like the wind, I like the rain
I like the way you said my name
I like the look in your eye
I don’t ever want to say goodbye
but I’m a highway rider

I am Yours

Written By: Carter Sampson

The 17th of April passed me by
I went all day with out a tear in my eye
And somewhere in some town the church bells rang
I was so busy I didn’t hear anything

Then I saw your smile on my tiny screen
And I cried like I did that night that it rained
I thought that you were leaving but what did I know
Oh my God that was 30 years ago

I call you when I need to be strong
When I am right and when I am wrong
When I feel lost like I don’t have a plan
You tell me to remember who I am

Then I saw your smile on my tiny screen
And I cried like I did that night that it rained
I thought that you were leaving but what did I know
Oh my God that was 30 years ago

When I start to fly I know I’ll be fine
Cause I am yours and you are mine

Every night we have words
Some are written down and some can be heard
I think you listen you hear what I say
I couldn’t go on any other way

I thought that you were leaving but what did I know
Oh my God that was 30 years ago

When I start to fly I know I’ll be fine
Cause I am yours and you are mine

Discography

Self Titled-2002 (out of print)
At The Blue Door-2003 (out of print)
Fly Over The Moon-2004 (available as digital download)
Good for the Meantime-2008
Mockingbird Sing-2011

33-2014 (Digital EP)

Set List

Carter Sampson typically plays 45 sets. Here are a few examples of set lists followed by a selection of cover songs the artist performs.

Set List 1
Meantime
Twilight
Rootless & Restless
Better Ways
Would You Love Me Then
Tomorrow's Light
Don't Leave Me Stranded
Sanctuary
Payne County Line
Let’s Get Back
Since I Fell
Tighten Up My Strings
Look at Miss Ohio

Set List 2
Be My Wildwood Flower
Jesse James
Riverside
Revelator
No Life Within
Jesus is Coming to Ohio
Not in this Life
Viva Las Vegas
Big White Gate
These Boots Are Made for Walking
I Don't Want Him
Jolene

Cover Songs
Into the Mystic- Van Morrison
Big Yellow Peaches- June Carter Cash
Cry Baby Cry- The Beatles
You Can't Always Get what You Want-The Rolling Stones
Don’t think Twice- Bob Dylan
Jolene- Dolly Parton
Angel from Montgomery- John Prine
Concrete & Barbed Wire- Lucinda Williams
My Flying Saucer- Woody Guthrie/Wilco