I started playing the guitar when I was about nine. Both my Mother and Father played a little… and they taught me enough to get me started. I have loved music from as early as I can remember! My Mother said that as a child I would sit in front of the radio and listen for hours on end to whatever was on. I can remember listening to such greats as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Fats Domino, the Platters; and many more just to name a few. Later on in my teenage years, I joined bands that played for parties or shopping malls–but most often it was in the garage of a friend. I was about 18 when I began playing in bars and lounges while working a day job in order to survive! I began writing songs about this same time–and through the years, I have written many songs about my experiences and the many people with whom I’ve met or made friends.
I have been playing now for some 50-plus years–with 30 or more of them spent playing in bars and lounges all over California. About 12 years ago, I stopped playing publicly and put together a small project-recording studio in my home in order to record and preserve the music I had written. I feel very lucky–and I thank God every day for giving me this gift!
My wish is to touch people in their hearts and minds the same way a story or a film may invoke strong feelings. In most of my music, I try to connect with emotions that demand your attention. When it works, you are drawn into the story without realizing it. Maybe you just lost a loved one or you had a relationship that didn’t work out. When something is going on in your life… a good song can trigger a response inside that personalizes the song for you.
Click on the songs below to hear Carl’s music:
You may contact Carl at: Carl@musicbycarl.com