July 5th, 23.30
Weathersby - voc, guitar
Leon Smith - drums
Sam Green - bass
Calvin "Skip" Gaskin - guitar
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was born in 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi. Carl spent his earliest years
in tiny Meadville (population 450). His family moved to East Chicago,
Indiana when he was eight. Although Carl has spent the majority of his
life residing in Indiana, he will always consider Mississippi his home,
returning as often as possible.
Carl's biggest "familial" influence was actually a friend of
Carl's father, a man named Albert, who Carl knew only as a diesel mechanic.
Carl recalls, "One day I was sitting there practicing with the record
Crosscut Saw, playing it over and over. I said, 'Daddy, I got it,' and
Albert was standing right over there. He told me, 'Boy, that's me on that
record, and that ain't the way I played it,' and he showed me the right
way to play it."
Carl learned that the mechanic was better known as a musician, Albert
King. After returning from Vietnam, Carl went on to tour with Albert as
his rhythm guitarist from 1979 to 1981.
For 15 years, Carl worked as the bandleader and songwriter for a number
of different Chicago based blues bands, most notably Billy Branch and
the Sons of Blues. In 1995, Carl met Independent producer John Snyder,
and they agreed to work together on Carl's first solo recording. Carl
decided to break out on his own, and it was the best decision he ever
made. The timing was perfect.
Carl's debut CD, "DON'T LAY YOUR BLUES ON ME" earned
Carl a W.C. Handy Award nomination for Best "New" Blues Artist.
Carl also received three Living Blues Magazine Critics' Award nominations
for his composition "The Blues Follow Me Around."
With his second CD, "LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW", Carl's national
reputation as a solo recording artist and talented songwriter grew.. His
six original songs along with his covers like John Hiatt's "Feel
Like Rain" and Paul deLay's "Merry Way" reveal a contemporary,
original progressive bluesman.
"RESTLESS FEELING" further illustrates the evolution
of Carl's own sound, firmly establishing him in the top echelon of blues
musicians. Restless Feeling, Carl's third CD, consolidates those earlier
successes, perhaps capturing the essence of Carl's talents as player,
singer, writer, and interpreter. Carl's range as a musician can be heard
through his fierce string busting solos and his heartfelt, passionate
vocals. This outstanding third solo effort garnered three W.C. Handy Award
nominations for Carl from the Blues Foundation (the Grammy's of the blues).
The categories included Best Blues Instrumentalist-Guitar, Blues Artist
Most Deserving Wider Recognition, and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of
the Year where he shared company in the nomination category with B.B.
King, Buddy Guy, and Keb Mo.
Carl's fourth CD "COME TO PAPA" shows all listeners who
Carl really is. This CD also was nominated for two W.C. Handy Awards.
This fourth release has been at the top of the blues charts in Japan and
was NUMBER 1 in February 2001. This is the Cd that will show the world
that Carl is destined to be the next prime mover.
Carl has seen and done it all in life. That is clearly reflected and paralleled
in the amalgamation of musical styles he incorporates into his playing
and singing. When he takes the stage, you never know what you're going
to get. The only certain thing is that you will witness one of the most
intense, hardworking, emotional and soulful performances possible.
In his live performance, Carl mixes his Southern charm, soulful vocals,
and fierce guitar-playing to provide his audience with an incredible experience.
He and his bandmates(known as Vital Support) roam off stage and into the
crowd with their cordless guitars. It is not unusual for Carl to disappear
for five minutes while continuing to play only to reappear through a different
doorway than he left through.
Carl Weathersby is a musician with a purpose and a mission. Carl once
said, "The Blues has got to change, or it is going to die."
Carl strives to produce the sweetest and most pure musical sounds. Although
firmly rooted in classical blues, everyday he gets closer and closer to
his mission. The only way for anything to survive is to change and adapt.
Carl Weathersby's music does exactly that. Make sure you see this man
perform. You are sure to never hear or see the same thing twice.
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