Anson Carter finds inspiration for songs through life

By by camille m. doty/
Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:17 a.m.

EDNA - Anson Carter knew music was his passion since he was a child.

He first fell in love with the vinyl sound of The Beatles and Beach Boys records.

The Kingwood native began his musical journey rocking out with drums. And to his parents' chagrin, he played all day long.

The inquisitive 12-year-old stumbled upon his father's old guitar. At first, the budding musician didn't strike the right strings.

"It was frustrating. I wanted to sound like a rock star," he said.

Within a few months, Carter taught himself the different chords and hasn't put down the stringed instrument since.

To add to his musical repertoire, he started singing to impress the ladies.

On Saturday, Carter hopes his band gets the crowd two-stepping at Edna's Texas Country Oaks Dance Hall. His high-energy musical set includes original and cover music.

Sandra Stephens, the venue's owner, said, "I'm happy to have him. He's a great artist with a great band."

Carter gets musical inspiration from everyday life. He sang his way into his wife's heart. Cheri and Anson Carter met at a musical venue and have been together for 10 years.

Carter wrote "Sweet Dreams" while he was on business trip in Michigan. He was inspired by a phrase the couple said to one another before they hung up the phone.

After the conversation, Carter imagined he and his wife went to sleep at the same time and met each other in their dreams.

His catchy tune, "Whataburger No. 5" hit the airwaves in 2009. He pays homage to the 24-hour Texas restaurant, while singing about the universal concept of love.

The young man in the song shares interest with his crush. They even like the bacon-cheeseburger with jalapenos.

With the help of Internet radio sites like Jango, the independent artist can reach a wider demographic and track their whereabouts. Now, fans in Australia and Singapore sing about tubing in the Guadalupe River and shopping in Laredo.

The former college football offensive end, has left that playing field behind to venture onto the new field of music and family.

The 6-foot, 3-inches tall, father of two fixes computers during the day and plays music in the evening.

Carter has performed in front of crowds as large as 4,000 and as intimate as 10. Size doesn't matter to this performer. Music gives him a natural high.

"My excitement level is up to 11. I get a big rush performing on stage."

After his shows, Carter talks to the audience, signs autographs, and drinks an occasional beer. He wants fans to find him approachable.

Carter wants the audience to enjoy themselves. He said, "Everyone needs a good host at a good party."



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