Band to Join, Vocalist - Tenor, Drums, Keyboard, Piano.


Welcome to my profile and thanks for taking the time to let me share my musical interests with you. If you find we have things in common, please feel free to open up a strings attached.

I do not care about your age, gender, or background. Only your drive to learn, improve and grow as a writer, composer, singer and player.

Mainly interested in creating, recording and playing original songs and compositions. Looking for creative partners; singers, drummers, songwriters, bassists, piano/keys players.

Though I would play live, if the right opportunity presented itself, my primary Interest is in writing, arranging, and recording original songs. When writing and co-writing, I look for interesting music and lyric ideas that have some meaning, move people to feel, and want to get up and dance.

I love to co-write and have a handful of people in the USA with whom I write on a regular basis. A few of them are widely known.

For example, here is the first two verses from "World Without End" by Joe Walsh, Waddy Wachtel & myself. (All Copyrights Apply)

"Come lay down beneath the great Bo Tree,
On ancient dark earth softly sleeping,
Dreaming of elephants, blue water elephants,
Sun lions walking the shoreline."

"We'll climb on the giant black beetle,
Then fly through the eye of the needle,
Curve toward the milky way,
Albert will lead the way,
As sun lions sleep on the shoreline."

I have written well over 200 song, and keep a running list of 500 partially finished songs, song titles and song ideas. I also keep articles, and photos of subjects and stories that I could be the basis for a new song. I work on songwriting every day.

My guitar work is unique and relates directly to a particular original song. I can improvise, but feel that after a few measures, improv is boring for the audience. I get more joy in creating guitar "parts, riffs and unique rhythms" than improvisation. My favorite work is when I play something I have not heard before, yet is totally accessible to the listener.

Drums...can you play One-Drop Reggae & the Purdie Shuffle?
Keyboard...can you play in a lot of styles?
Bass...can you lock in with the drummer?
Drums, Keys & Bass...can you sing?
Singer...I like to work with great voices that can handle leads and love to sing harmonies.

I want to meet cooperative people who will encourage each other to grow as a creative persons in a caring human environment. The music is more important than any one individual, and every individual is important.

As a creative person, I am a progressive thinker that believes in fairness, justice, compassion, sharing and working hard.

Please feel free to (ya who) me at chw863 or (g mail) me at 33bigcats.

I'm easy to get along with...let's talk
I am well connected to music industry.

Screen name:
Member since:
Feb 11 2015
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week


If You Do Not Have A Good Song...You Have Nothing!

Favorite Songwriters; Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Robbie Robertson, Carole King, Jesse Winchester, Pete Townsend, Van Morrison, Lennon & McCartney, George Harrison, Mose Allison, Irving Berlin, Ray Davies, Paul Simon, Doc Pomus, The Gershwins, Buddy Holly, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry. Smokey Robinson, Muddy Waters, Lowell George, Jagger & Richards, Elton John, J. J. Cale, Bob Marley, John Hiatt, Prince, Cole Porter, Bruce Cockburn, Fagan & Becker, Howlin' Wolf, Allen Rosenblum, Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Moby Grape, The Eagles, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Leiber & Stoller, James Taylor, Prince, Bill Withers, Marc Cohn, John Sebastian, Bee Gees, Curtis Mayfield, John Mayer, Burt Bacharach, Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, Tori Amos, Tom Waits, Fats Domino, Bruce Hornsby, Bob Seeger, Keb Mo', Jimmy Buffet, Ani DeFranco, Fiona Apple, Waddy Wachtel, and...

Favorite Drummers; Richard Starkey, Charlie Watts, Brian Blades, Jim Keltner, Ginger Baker, Jeff Porcaro, Bernard Purdie, Sly Dunbar, Jim Gordon, Steve Smith, Joe Morello, Richie Hayward, Steve Gadd, Taku Hirano, Lenny Castro, Trilok Gurtu, Jimmie Paxson Jr., Mitch Mitchell, Vinnie Calaiuta, Peter Erskine, Toshiro Mifune, and...

Favorite Bass Players; Charlie Mingus, Charlie Haden, Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Bob Mosley, John Baptist McGettigan, Jaco Pastorius, Chuck Rainy, Ray Brown, Duck Dunn, Leland Sklar, Victor Wooten, Carole Kaye and...

Favorite Guitarists; Eric Clapton, Buddy Holly, Jeff Beck, Waddy Wachtel, Brent Mason, Arlen Roth, Ry Cooder, Michael Hedges, Keith Richards, B B King, Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, The Ventures, Peter Green, Duane Allman, Lowell George, Duane Eddy, Charlie Hunter, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanon, Tuck Andress, James Burton, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Bonnie Rait, BB King, Albert King, Freddie King, Michael Bloomfield, Earl Klugh, Richard Thompson, Julian Lage and...

Favorite Singers; Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Joe Cocker, Paul McCartney, Sting, Linda Ronstadt, Smokey Robinson, Levi Stubbs, Jackie Wilson, Van Morrison, Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Little Anthony, Chuck Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Ray Charles, Neil Young, Art Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, David Hidalgo, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Dewar, Gary Booker, Wilson Picket, Harry Nilson, Roy Orbison, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gay, Al Green, CSNY, TImothy B. Schmidt, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Nat King Cole, Boz Scaggs, Cee Lo Greene, James Brown, and...

Favorite Keyboard Players : Bill Payne, BIll Payne, Bill Payne, Bruce Hornsby, Doctor John, Alan Price, Allen Tousaint, Dave Brubeck, Elton John, Chris Stainton, Chuck Leavell, J. S. Bach, Art Tatum, Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, Professor Longhair, Paul Shaffer, Garth Hudson, Richard Tee, Don Grolnick, Gary Booker, Gary Fisher, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Nicky Hopkins, and...

Favorite Bands: Beatles, Stones, The Who, The Band, Beach Boys, Cream, Procol Harum, Byrds, CSNY, Buffalo Springfield, Eagles, Moby Grape, Little Feat, The Kinks, Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Take 6, The Impressions, Lake Street Dive, Los Lobos, The Dells, Eugene Pitt & The Jive Five, and...

Favorite Musical Genres: R&B (old school), Reggae, Pop/Rock, Classic Rock, Doo-Wop, Jazz, Funk, Country Rock, Americana, Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Modern Blues, Folk Rock, Ska, Roots, Funk, Gospel (old school), Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Ragtime, and...

Musical Genres I Do Not Want To Play: Rap, Hip-Hop, Punk, Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Death Metal, Grunge, Lounge...

Favorite Song & Musical Elements: melodic movement (is it hummable), sophisticated rhythm (shifts in feel and groove) , compelling lyrics (say something new or in a new way), interesting chord voicing (add color), new chord progressions (movement... I have not used a barr chords in years), and...

Favorite Musical Quotes:
"I learn something new about music everyday." --- Waddy Wachtel

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” --- Albert Einstein

“Play it fu*kin' loud!” --- Bob Dylan

“If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.” --- Keith Richards

In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me...I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
--- Tom Waits

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.”
--- Tom Waits

“Jazz isn't dead. It just smells funny.”
--- Frank Zappa

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” --- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Like family, we are tied to each other. This is what all good musicians understand."
--- Billy Joel

"All musicians are subconsciously mathematicians." --- Thelonious Monk

"I don't take compliments very easily. I think most musicians suffer from low self-esteem to some extent." --- James Taylor

"No one told Miles Davis or BB King to pack it in. John Lee Hooker played literally up to the day he died. Why should pop musicians be any different?" --- Paul Weller

"For years the Trio did nothing but play for musicians and other hip people. We practically starved to death." ---Nat King Cole

"I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great." --- Ray Charles

"There's a thin line between songwriting and arranging". --- Warren Zevon

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity". --- Charles Mingus

"That sound in tune to you? Sounds sharp to me. Sounds like I'm playing sharp all the time. My singing teacher told us you should do that. Maybe I got it from her. She said singers when they grow old have a tendency to go flat. So if you sing sharp as a young person, as you get older and go flat, you'll be in tune. In other words, it's never thought good to be flat. It means you can't get to the tone". --- Charles Mingus

"Art ain't easy." Stephen Sondheim

Instrument experience:

Vocalist - Baritone:
Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Background Singer:
Bass Guitar:


I have many guitars...Fenders, Gibsons, Taylor, Alvarez Yairi, I play them, one at a time, as called for by the song.

I write on the guitar. I am not a string pounder. I do not use a pick. I play with my fingers. I often use my thumb against the index, middle and ring fingers in a similar way a piano player uses his/her left and right hands.

I create singable guitar parts, unique rhythms and interesting chord changes for my tunes.

In addition, if you have a songwriter or a band that does originals, I can help you make them better. I am very good at co-writing, and re-writing tunes & improving arrangements which I do it with my own tunes all the time. I have a number of friends around the country with whom I co-write.

Please, no heavy druggies, smokers or boozers. Your love of music is the key...talent, intelligence, peace of mind, kindness, respect and hard work are highly appreciated. Progressive liberal minds are also valued.

Songwriter...Way Advanced

Peace On You All, Carl