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Terry Carter BIO

Terry Carter is a Los Angeles based guitarist, producer and songwriter. Some of Terry’s credits include work with Weezer, Josh Groban, 2 time Grammy winner composer Chris Tin (Calling All Dawns, Lilo & Stitch 2, X2: X-Men United), bassist/songwriter Duff McKagen (Guns n' Roses/Velvet Revolver), producer Charles Goodan (Santana, Rolling Stones). As a composer Terry has written tracks for MTV (Trippin’, Wildboyz, and The Real World), Puma, and wrote the theme song for the North Iowa Outlaws, a professional hockey team. Terry is the creator and author of the Rock Like The Pros guitar book series that is currently being used at colleges throughout Los Angeles, including Santa Monica College, Los Angeles Trade Tech College, LA City College, Cypress College, and Chaffey College. The series includes a Beginning Class Guitar Method, a Intermediate Class Guitar Method, 12 Beginning Fingerstyle Meditatio’s, and coming soon Advanced Class Guitar Method and 12 Intermediate Fingerstyle Meditatio's. For more information and sample check out www.rocklikethepros.com. Terry and Steve Trovato have co-written 2 Blues Books/DVD's for Alfred Publishing including Beginning Blues Guitar Lead and Beginning Blues Guitar Rhythm. As a producer Terry has worked and recorded with Ron Eschete, Grant Geissman, Larry Koonse, Pete Christlieb, Frank Potenza, Bruce Forman, Tim May, Carl Verheyen, John Pisano, Putter Smith, Tom Ranier, Joe Bagg, Zildjian, iPerform3D, Wirechoir and Ocean Tribe. Terry received a Masters of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and Music Education. Terry teaches at the University of Southern California, Santa Monice College, Cypress College, Los Angeles City College, and Los Angeles Trade Tech College.

LBC Wrecking Crew

Here it is folks, the Terry Carter annual L.A. Christmas Album, although this one was recorded at my new studio in Long Beach. As always it's been an awesome experience seeing my friends and fellow musicians come together to make this album happen.  This years tunes include:
1. This Christmas*
2. Frosty The Snowman*
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Delaney Shelton - VOX, Heather Carter - Flute)
4. Auld Lang Syne**
5. Christmas Time Is The Happiest Time (by Terry Carter) (Bryan Baker - Flute, Sam Ross - Piano, Terry Carter - Bass)
6. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen*
7. White Christmas (vox Terry Carter)
8. Joy To The World (TC & The Tomcats: Steve Trovato - Guitar, John Atkinson - Drums, Terry Carter - Bass)

* This Christmas, Frosty The Snowman, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen performed by LBC Wrecking Crew (Brandon Baker - Sax, Bryan Baker - Sax/Flute, Sam Ross - Piano, Max Cogert - Drums, Nic Gonzalez - Bass, Terry Carter - Guitar). This Christmas and Frost The Snowman arranged by Sam Ross

**Auld Lang Syne performed by:  (Brandon Baker - Sax, Bryan Baker - Sax/Flute, Sam Ross - Piano, Max Cogert - Drums, Terry Carter - Bass)

- All other songs arranged by Terry Carter

TC Christmas 2014

History of Best of Terry Carter's L.A. Christmas Vol. 1
Happy Hollidays everyone! This album, L.A. Christmas Volume 1, began back in 2007 when I started recording Christmas albums with a couple of broke studio musicians (Roger Pizytulski on saxophones, and Jimmy Cheesman on 7-string guitar) who together with myself were looking for a way to generate some inexpensive Christmas presents for the family. We got together at my studio, Carter’s Coyote Pass, and cooked up some on-the-spot arrangements and presto! A new tradition was born. By the time December 2008 rolled around, people began to ask if we were going to record another Christmas album, and it dawned on us that maybe we’d stumbled onto something. The three of us got together again, and this time we added Angie Tabor on drums and steel drums (pans) to the mix, as well as Erik Leckrone on percussion. Then in 2009 we brought in singer Mark Wendell Waters, and by 2010 we’d decided the time had come for some original tunes. I composed “Snowflakes Keep Falling on Me (Like it’s Christmas),” and I finally convinced guitar legend Steve Trovato to lend us his genius on a few tunes. Soon I realized that a Greatest Hits album might be in order, but naturally this only came to me in the middle of July and I couldn’t bring myself to face Christmas carols in the middle of a Los Angeles heat wave. I placed the Greatest Hits on the backburner of good intentions, and forgot all about it until the middle of December 2011, when I had another new Christmas album to record. So the Greatest Hits had to wait another year, and boy it’s a damn good thing it did: in 2011 we did 8 more tunes, including an arrangement of “Sleigh Bells” performed by my 5-guitar ensemble, Wirechoir; I brought in my wife Heather Carter to play flute on “Greensleeves;” and once more I brought Steve Trovato in to do a mind-blowing, Hendrix-style version of “We Three Kings.” So, I am now very proud to release the Best of Terry Carter’s L.A. Christmas Volume 1. I carefully selected these 13 tracks, and brought in Per Kjeller to re-mix them and master them. I hope you all enjoy them, and be sure to look for more Christmas tunes from us in the future at www.terrycarter.com/christmas

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Best of Terry Carter's L.A. Christmas Vol. 1

Best of Terry Carter's L.A. Christmas Vol. 1

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  1. Jingle Bell Rock
  2. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer
  3. Ave Maria
  4. Sleigh Ride (feat. Wirechoir)
  5. Snowflakes Keep Falling On Me
  6. Mele Kalikimaka
  7. Jingle Bells
  8. Amazing Grace
  9. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
  10. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  12. Greensleeves
  13. We Three Kings (feat. Steve Trovato)
Best of Terry Carter's L.A. Christmas Volume 1

Best of Terry Carter's L.A. Christmas Volume 1

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Selections taken from Terry Carter's Christmas from 2007-2011. 

Terry Carter - Guitar
Steve Trovato - Guitar
Jimmy Cheesman - 7 String Guitar
Angie Tabor - Drums & Pans
Erik Leckrone - Percussion
Roger Przytulski - Saxophones
Mark Wendell Waters - Vocals
Heather Carter - Flute

Sid Guitars - Guitar
Brandon Bernstein - Guitar
Ken Rosser - Guitar
Willis Clow - Guitar
Matt Ritvo - Guitar
Jimmy Cheesman - Guitar
Terry Carter - Guitar
Will Lovell - Bass
John Atkinson - Drums

We Three Kings

Wirechoir - LET IT SNOW

Carol of the Bells

Wirechoir has an amazing show on Friday November 8th, 2013 at ELAC (East Los Angeles College). The show is from 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM and will be a very special night of music.  Besides the usual cast of characters, Wirechoir will have 4 members that played with Tony Rizzi's original band, who include Pete Christlieb on tenor saxophone, Paul Kreibich on drums, Luther Hughes on bass, and Joe Jewell on guitar.  We are honored and excited about playing for part of the East Los Angeles College's Jazz Series in their new recital hall. Come out and hear a great night of jazz as we plays hits from our "Release The Fury" CD and also dust off some of Tony Rizzi's original arrangements from the 70's.

Wirechoir at East Los Angeles College on Friday Nov. 8th at 8:00PM

TC & The Tomcats


TC & The Tomcats (Feat. Steve Trovato) have a performance coming up on Thursday Nov. 7th at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, from 12:00-1:00. The show will sell out so please reserve your tickets soon. We will be doing a LIVE audio recording and full 4 camera shoot.

7 String Guitar Geniuses



A special thanks to all the people that came out to be a part of the Ron Escheté and Howard Alden duo, LIVE DVD recording. The night was truely amazing and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Those that missed it, don't worry, I am currently working on the video footage and getting the audio mixed and it will be released soon. Continue to check back for more info.

Terry's TV Debut

Yes you read correctly, Terry's TV debut


Some of you know and some don't, but my wife and I recently adopted 2 dogs (Coal & Ebony) from Villa-Lobos Rescue Center (www.vrcpitbull.com). Our previous dogs, Brad Pitt and Blinky (who also came from Villa-Lobos) had passed away and we wanted to get new dogs in the house.

For the last 4 seasons Villa-Lobos (located in New Orleans) has had a TV show on Animal Planet called "Pitbulls & Parolees" and they asked us if we would be on the show when we adopted Coal & Ebony. We said "yes" and they flew us out to New Orleans to meet the dogs and get to know them. Of course they filmed the entire time we were in New Orleans and the process of getting the dogs delivered to us here in Los Angeles.

To our surprise the episode aired last night on Animal Planet (it was originally supposed to be on next week). I tried to contact as many of you as I could but since it was last minute many of you didn't get to see the show. I decided to give you the link to Animal Planet so you could watch it at your convenience.


What is cool about the episode (beside us being on it) is that my father in-law, Malcolm, also adopted 2 dogs on the same episode. Since it was the biggest adoption Villa-Lobos has ever done (4 dogs) we get about 75% of the episode devoted to us.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the show.

P.S. They also used some of my music in the show

Wirechoir featuring Nick Mancini

Wirechoir had a great show with Nick Mancini on Sunday May 19th at Alvas Showroom. Had a nice turnout and even had several new fans jump on the Wirechoir train. I even went "old school" with the refreshments with peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and homemade brownies. Everyone said I had the wrong bread (whole wheat) for PB&J but funny thing is, the audience crushed them and left nothing but crumbs. Also sold some "Release The Fury" Wirechoir CD's and also some Best of TC's L.A. Christmas Vol. 1 CD's. Is it that time of year already? Special thanks to Tom and Marie Bartolac for coming down and video taping the entire concert and thank you to everyone else for their support.

What is Wirechoir?


Wirechoir - Release The Fury

1. Tom Thumb (feat. Grant Geissman & Joe Bagg)
2. I Surrender (feat. Pete Christlieb)
3. Carvin' The Bird (feat. Ron Escheté, Pete Christlieb, Joe Bagg, Ryan Mcgillicuddy)
4. 7 Come 11 (feat. Larry Koonse & Joe Bagg)
5. Lemon Cake (feat. Tim May)
6. 'Round Midnight (feat. Pete Christlieb)
7. Jordu (feat. Frank Potenza, Tom Ranier, & Pete Christlieb)
8. Rose's Loom (feat. Howard Alden & Pete Christlieb)
9. Four (feat. Ron Escheté & Steve Huffsteter)
10. Giant Steps (feat. Bruce Forman, Steve Trovato, & Pete Christlieb)

Wirechoir is Ken Rosser, Sid Jacobs, Jimmy Cheesman, Brandon Bernstein, Willis Clow, Matt Ritvo, Keegan Anglim, Alex Medina, Will Lovell, John Atkinson, & Terry Carter

I Surrender (feat. Pete Christlieb)

Four (feat. Ron Eschete)

Giant Steps (feat. Pete Christlieb)

TC & The Tomcats

Terry Carter & The Tomcats (feat. Steve Trovato) performed an amazing concert at The Edye at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center. Videos will be loaded soon. Terry Carter (guitar/vox), Steve Trovato (guitar/vox), Robbie Fontana (bass), John Atkinson (drums).

Got My Mojo Working


Red House

The Thrill Is Gone


TC & The Tomcats photos

WIRECHOIR photos from recent gig with Pete Christlieb and Putter Smith at Alvas Showroom.

I just finished 3 days in the studio Weezer as my friend Tariqh Akoni and I helped them prepare for the Weezer Cruise. We rehearsed/recorded at The Village in Santa Monica. The band was sounding great and should have a great voyage.

I'm currently wrapping up the mixing for the upcoming Wirechoir album, "All My Friends Are Guitar Players." The album should be available at the beginning of March, along with upcoming gigs.




I am so happy to announce that I finished my Intermediate Book and just got it back from the printers. It looks amazing. It is 126 pages full of a variety of pop/rock songs, music reading, soloing, Blues, Reggae, Country, Jazz, and Bossa Nova. It has been in the making for a year now and tested with several of my guitar classes at Santa Monica College. The VIDEOS and MP3's are in production now and will be loaded soon. Be the first to grab this amazing book.

HD VIDEOS UP!!! I'm happy to announce that all the videos for Rock Like The Pros: Beginning Class Guitar Method are now up on the site and available for viewing. The first three chapters are available for anyone but Chapters 4-15 are only available to Website Members. Not a member it easy all you need is an email address. Click here to JOIN!!!
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Larry Koonse & TC at Carter's Coyote Pass Studios:

Tim May & Terry Carter at Grandma's Warehouse:

Grant Geissman & Terry Carter in studio:

Ron Escheté and Terry Carter at Alvas: