Random thoughts on art, technology, stuff, and occasionally Real Estate: July 2013



Blues & Fries will be hosting a BLUES JAM.
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:00PM


4533 1/2 Slauson Ave, Maywood, CA 90270

All Musicians invited to come on down and sit in with our special guest:
Carlos Guitarlos (from Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs)
Another fantastic night of music with no cover charge and FREE FOOD!




Other greats to grace the Redwood Stage in the past have been Kid Ramos, Top Jimmy, Dale Peterson, Los Fabulocos, Lynwood Slim, Chris Bell, Thee Midnighters, L.A. Jones, Zola Moon, Joe Houston, and Toni Dodd among many others. Come on down and check us out!



CARLOS GUITARLOS - One of the world's greatest Americana, Roots and Blues songwriters / guitarists from the infamous TOP JIMMY & THE RHYTHM PIGS - a seminal LA blues band from the 80's -- Carlos has played with/for: Marcy Levy, Jim Keltner, Tom Waits, The Great Gene Taylor, Ray Manzarek, Los Lobos, The Blasters, Maria McKee, John Densmore, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Top Jimmy, Gil T., Steve Berlin, Steve Nieve, Jeff Ross


LIVE MUSIC! Videos of Carlos Guitarlos

Video: "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom -Robert Johnson

Video: "High Steppin' Dancer" -Original

Video: "Central Avenue Stomp" -Original

Video: "Rambling On My Mind" -Robert Johnson



Los Angeles Times says: ". . .The technique is unmistakably sophisticated: chords and melody played simultaneously, the way Chet Atkins might have done. An old gravelly blues voice, perfectly cracked, effortlessly in tune, pours from the slumped singer. The truthfulness of the voice commands you to listen. . ."

LA Weekly says: "If you're going to name yourself Carlos Guitarlos, you'd better make sure you're a damned good guitarist. So good, in fact, that you can play anywhere, out on the streets or in a fancy concert hall, with the uncanny ability to pull from memory just about any blues-rock classic and, on top of that, play it in a style that's uniquely your own. And then, somehow, you should also be so good that you can write and sing dozens of your own originals, in all manner of genres, from bewitchingly sad ballads and deft Beatles-like pop structures to ragingly dirty blues and Latin soul. --Falling James"


Jonny Whiteside says: "They don't call him Guitarlos for nothing--the cat wields his ax with flabbergasting skill, a mix of sophisticated technique and sheer musicality that allows him to employ a long-range artistic reach spanning a spectrum of impressive breadth, depth and height.

Technically, Guitarlos is unrivaled--he's capable of playing melody, an intricate bass line and beating out hot percussion all at once, creating a full-blown sound that positively dazzles. With a bottomless repertoire that demonstrates an intimate knowledge of almost every vernacular American music form, he also delivers it in a wildly idiosyncratic fashion that is as undeniably authentic as the hard-knock life he's led.

Famed for his early 80s stint with legendary blues-shockers Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs, a Los Angeles club phenomenon whose tore-down sound easily matched punk rock's primitive kick (the band was immortalized in Van Halen's unabashed tribute "Top Jimmy & the Rhythm Pigs").

Carlos too became something of a legend--an impudent, unpredictable character as rowdy and volatile as one of his thunderous solos (and one of his most famous fuck ups was refusing to let David Lee Roth cover one of his songs). By the late 90′s, he hit bottom as a street singer and nearly died from congestive heart failure, but the unstoppable drive of this raggedy genius prevailed; he returned to form and kicked everyone in the pants with his outstanding 2003 album Straight from the Heart. Carlos' current CD, Hell Can Wait, is just as high-voltage, and when he hits the bandstand, watch out. (Jonny Whiteside")



Five CDS currently are available from this rockin'/roots/Americana singer/songwriter/guitarist

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART - 2003 * Page 1, Column 1 of L.A.Times, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos With Mike Watt, John Doe, Dave Alvin

HELL CAN WAIT - 2005 * Carlos Guitarlos With Marcy Levy, David Hidalgo, Gene Taylor

HANDSOME WOLF - LIVE - 2009 * Recorded live @ Winslow Court Studio mixed by Mark Linett, @ "YourPlaceOrMine", Glendale, CA Mike Hightower, P-Bass, Joey Morales, Drums

SING AN HONEST SONG-- ACOUSTIC 2009 * Mark Doten, Upright Bass, Carlos Guitarlos, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

THE INNOCENT REMAINS --ACOUSTIC- 2010 * with EB-3L Gibson Electric Bass otherwise all acoustic with Carlos Guitarlos on all instruments and vocals




Follow these links for more articles

Not Fade Away, by Bob Baker, Los Angeles Times front page, April 30, 2003 Carlos Guitarlos at Borderline, by David Sinclair, Times of London, October 2, 2004 RAGGED BUT RIGHT, by Jonny Whiteside, November 13, 2007 Blues Jam/Line 6/Carlos Guitarlos, by Bruce Clement, December 9, 2002



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guitarlos (dot) carlos (at) gmail (dot) com



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