Sign up for newsletter
 

Sony signs Texas singer

Friday, May 18, 2018 – Texas singer Carlton Anderson has signed with Sony Music Nashville.

Anderson is looking to release his debut single soon. He balances traditional sounds and contemporary themes and was signed as a songwriter at Warner Chappell Music, where he has written with some Casey Beathard, David Lee Murphy and Tom Douglas.

Anderson grew up in Cypress, Texas, a town northwest of Houston. Anderson's musical awakening started with Willie Nelson, who he refers to as "his drug" and quickly advanced to George Strait. Anderson started working in the oil fields at 16 - two years before it was legal - and worked at a grocery store after school to put away enough money to buy a guitar and small PA so he could play the honky tonks and dancehalls around his hometown after graduation.

After three tries of going to Nashville, he attended Nashville's Belmont University. Looking to make money for college, he went to Fourth Avenue across from the Swingin' Doors Saloon and heard the band playing Jamey Johnson's "In Color." He walked in, asked to play a few songs, and the manager offered him a job. He went on to play there five more years.

Anderson was the first to graduate college in his family, which he did in 2015. He released a self-titled EP in 2014.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lake Street Dive ends the year in style – Lake Street Dive may have been looking back when it offered that traditional New Year's song "Auld Lang Syne" as the new year rolled in. No matter which way the band looks - forwards or backwards - life is good. For the second time in six weeks, Lake Street Dive was back home (the Brooklyn-based group formed at the local New England... »»»
Concert Review: Who's to say that McKenna has reached her prime? – Before she even started her annual holiday season gig at the venerated club, Lori McKenna told the sold-out crowd she remembered holding a CD release party for her very first album, "Paper Wings and Halo" 18 years ago and was shocked when she found out that, too, was SRO. "I didn't have that big a family," McKenna joked,... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Taylor uncovers the past, offering new perspectives Suffice it to say that the past has always loomed large throughout Chip Taylor's career. That's all the more obvious if only for the fact that Taylor wrote some of the biggest pop hits of the '60s, "Wild Thing"... »»»
Tyminski goes dark Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»