SEEKINGBass Guitar, Drums.
I’m an Indie Rock Musician/Singer, Songwriter/Storyteller, with over fifty years of experience as a guitarist. My musical influences also come from the various cultures in which I’ve lived. Growing up in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania, I have musical roots and American Indian heritage in Appalachia. Having lived in Mexico, I also speak and sing (fluent Spanish). I taught Spanish at college level and later to professionals, i.e. law enforcement.
I lived in the Southwest, U.S., and in Coahuila, Mexico, I played with Mariachi guitarists and with various Rock and Country bands in Austin, Texas where I lived most of my adult life. Those musical influences can be heard in my songs: * En La Frontera/On The Border, and also, *Hacer O Morir/Do or Die.
I can be seen also, live as a solo performer, a backing band, or as a guitar player in various acts and genres. In 2016, I took a hiatus for health reasons and also to concentrate on his songwriting. At that time, I returned to my home state of Pennsylvania. I’ve recorded a few songs that I’ve written, some of which have special local (Pennsylvania) historical significance. ie: **Oh Centralia Where Have You Gone? (Appalachian) and **Susquehanna Sue/Gawera’shatse (American Indian) and Blood Moon Over Billtown, a song about Williamsport, Pennsylvania's heroin epidemic.
This past summer I played several Central Pennsylvania Festivals, Benefit Concerts, and local Events.
Stylistically, I have been a member of many bands and genres, including Hard Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Country, Mexican, Appalachian, and Indie projects. Going forward into 2019, I wish to perform in Northern Central Pennsylvania and New York as an Indie artist and/or a band situation. I’m available for collaborative projects and bookings.
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- Member since:
- Nov 14 2018
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
Beatles, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Roy Orbison, John Fogerty, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf, John Sebastian, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Eagles, The Cure, The Cars, Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, Maná, Beethoven, Mozart, Bob Marley, The Clash, Johnny Cash, Flatt & Scruggs, Woody Guthrie, Chris Isaak
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Fender Strat Squier
Samick 4 string Bass Ma 209
Ibanez Performance 6-String
Ibanez AEL1512E Acoustic Electric 12 String
Powerwerks 5 Channel PA System The PW4X8BT P.A. System with Bluetooth option
Rockwood Hohner 5 piece 1892
Yahmaha AG06 Mixing Console Interface
2 Directional Microphones
Like A Stone
Like A Stone Track number: 2 Year: 2019 Album: The Poetic OutLaws Genre: Rock
Tribute To Chris Cornell
Born Under A Bad Sign
Born Under A Bad Sign
Bell Bottom Gypsy Girl - Part I & II
Bell Bottom Gypsy Girl - Part I & III wrote "Bell Bottom Gypsy Girl" from a situation that I watched in total disbelief. A dynamic and gifted woman, my friend whom we'll call, "S". She credits God for all her abilities as a White Light Healer. She's helped countless individuals, including yours truly! S and I met up back in my hometown on a farm owned by a husband and wife, with whom I attended high school and who I thought to be my “friends”. THE TALE Of THE GYPSY, THE ROCKER, THE PROUD & THE PROMINENT So, S and I proceeded to rent the old farmhouse in N. Pennsylvania from aforementioned couple, (3 years ago). In conversing with the two, it was painfully obvious that money was their deity. As many agnostics, they were vocal in their denial of the possible existence of any being, higher than themselves. That’s OK. I say, ‘Live and Let Live!’ But, the statement "There are no atheists in foxholes" is an aphorism used to argue that in times of extreme stress or fear, such as during war ("in foxholes"), all people will believe in, or hope for, a higher power (and there are therefore no atheists). So......While vacationing in Florida, the husband falls sick. About a year prior to this time, he'd had a heart attack. So, it seemed likely to the wife that the husband might be, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", to quote Dylan. Through me, she'd learned about S’s abilities and gifts of healing. She beseeched S to, do all in her power for the husband! She begged me to “pray for him!”. S, quickly assembled a group of over 100 intercessory prayer warriors. They prayed for 2 days and the husband recovered, as if by some miracle! SO, IS IT VALUABLE WHEN IT DOESN’T COST YOU MONEY? Sadly enough, Never! Were these two changed or modified in some way, an epiphany? Had they even become grateful that so many people came to their aid? Naw!! They returned ungrateful, unappreciative and unaffected. However, they began to act as if S was some kind of a witch and they would have to expose her to all their friends! Now began the insidious process of the psychology of “gas-lighting”. GAS-LIGHTING 101 AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS 1)They tell blatant lies. You know it's an outright lie. They’ll say it on Facebook and pretend to not understand stuff. They misconstrue (on purpose) anything and everything. 2) They out and out deny they ever said something, even though you have hard proof. It makes you start questioning your reality and start accepting theirs. 3) They'll use people near and dear to you as ammunition. The wife made the statement to a mutual classmate & friend, “I have to protect my husband from her (S). I can’t allow S to get near him, not in his weakened state.” WTF?? I could not believe this messenger message from her to a the mutual friend. 4) As they’re wearing you down over time. Like the frog in the frying pan, you're not aware. A lie here, a lie there, a snide comment every so often...and then it starts ramping up. We were the frogs in the frying pan and they were gradually turning up the heat. It’s turned up slowly, that the frog never realizes what's happening to it. Then BAM! UNBELIEVABLE! 5) Their actions do not match their words.. What they are saying meant nothing. I wondered how well I really knew S 6) They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you. When I needed knee replacements, the wife showed great concern and even recommended doctors. Previously that day, she ignored me. What came of all this? A song. A song about the nature of a woman who gave away her gifts for free to a couple of unappreciative, ungrateful assholes. The lesson? Cuz, there’s always a lesson. Next time, they’ll just have to go ahead and die!!
Lie To Me
Lie To MeCertainly One That I am Requested To Play Often.
Heart Full Of Soul
Heart Full Of SoulCover of an old Rock Standard
Oh Centralia, Where have you gone?
Oh Centralia, Where have you gone?The horror film, "Silent Hill", was inspired by the tragic demise of, Centralia, a small Pennsylvania mining town. Once, a thriving mining community nestled In the beautiful mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, Centralia had a population of 3,000. There were hotels, banks, theaters and even a school district. Today, It's what remains of a smoldering ghost town. That's because a fire has been raging for over fifty years...and underneath the town!! Capable men proposed solutions only to be stonewalled by the government. I saw with my own eyes a rejected proposal of a trench that would have cost a mere $2,000 and would have stopped the fire. Washington claimed they approved that trench. They absolutely did not! Today, the fire would cost billions to extinguish. How & Why I Wrote the ballad, OH CENTRALIA, WHERE HAVE YOU GONE? In 1979 my work took me through Centralia every day. A town of diverse religions and cultural backgrounds, I recall Centralians as being very good to one-another. It was a tight-knit community that laughed and played together and looked out for each other. To me, they were friendly, honest and hard-working folks. I eventually finished the construction project that took me to Centralia every day. Not long afterward, I left for Texas. I didn't return to Centralia until January, 2017. This time, not as construction ramrod, but as a songwriter. Saddened, even outraged, I was motivated and determined to memorialize the lies and injustices done to Centralians in song . This time, I went to Centralia to fact-check the lyrics of this song with surviving members of the town and with a knowledgeable guide. The Centralian survivors verified what I had read about it all and God, so much more: about how the US Government refused to come to the aid of the residents of Centralia and even lied about its attempts to extinguish the mine fire. I heard the elder Centralian's stories and they listened to my song. They told me that they loved my song. They liked it enough to adopt it as an official historical ballad. But, really, this tune, I wrote for them, in their honor; for those salt-of-the-earth coal miners, of which just a few remain. Many died of broken heart-their homesteads destroyed. The last thing remaining is, The St Ignatius Cemetery. And that place is truly the coldest place I've ever been. ~Barry Carstetter
SeasonsA tribute to Chris Cornell
This morning I was born again
This morning I was born again#Rockabilly #Country . #Alternative . #Folk
Barry - Carstetter Behind - Blue - Eyes - Cover
Barry - Carstetter Behind - Blue - Eyes - CoverWritten by Pete Townsend , covered by Limp Bizkit
SamanthaTo Samantha, M'Lady
While MY Guitar Gently Weeps ~Vocalist- Samantha Storm & Guitarist-Barry Carstetter
While MY Guitar Gently Weeps ~Vocalist- Samantha Storm & Guitarist-Barry CarstetterSamantha Storm and Barry Carstetter interpret an old classic
Blood Moon Over Billtown Tonight
Blood Moon Over Billtown TonightIf you don't want to look at this and perhaps pretend that the ravages of addiction don't affect you, that's ok. I didn't write this for you. I wrote this tune in an attempt to raise awareness on an ever-increasing epidemic not only in my hometown but across the country. If just one person, your child, girlfriend, boyfriend, cousin, wife, father, mother, or friend, can be helped, then it was worth every effort.
When I wake up tomorrow
When I wake up tomorrow
Royal Rock Wave
Royal Rock WaveTake a voyage across the Waves of Your Mind.
My Girl-In The Pines
My Girl-In The Pines
Do Or Die (Hacer O Morir)
Do Or Die (Hacer O Morir)I believe my story/song DO OR DIE to be about heart, love and innocence. Juan and his wife Neomí, are fictional characters based on people I knew and grew to love, in Mexico. I see them as unspoken modern day saints, martyrs, certainly very brave heroes. They are an indigenous people, born into a society of prejudice and ignorance. Indians in Mexico are still suffering like hell! Mexicans Indigenous are where African Americans were before the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Although my story ends in tragedy, and one that is not talked about, yet occurs every day on the US/MX border, Juan decides to move out of victim role and DO SOMETHING, (DO OR DIE). His wife, Neomí supports him silently. The tragedy which lies within the story of my song is that; Juan does not possess the necessary information for his survival which he needs to face the pitfalls of his "WALK OF THE HERO". We know that KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, these beautiful people are lead by heart , not mind or knowledge. Their society does not wish to see them educated either. Although I'm re-recording this song to mastery, I submitted it anyway.