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Saturday, July 5th, 23.30
Carl Weathersby
Carl Weathersby - voc, guitar
Leon Smith - drums
Sam Green - bass
Calvin "Skip" Gaskin - guitar


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Carl Weathersby..


Carl 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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