Chris Carlson Quintet

Chris Carlson has been playing guitar, writing music and producing albums for over forty years. Having acquired no other discernible skills, he will continue to do the same for the foreseeable future.

For thirty of those years, Chris has been lucky enough to play and write for the beautiful Duffy Bishop, and will keep that gig for as long as she can stand it.

With writing partner Carl Sander, Chris co-wrote the legendary “The String Cycle: A Tavern Opera With Guitar Outlaws” which gave birth to “Its A Guitar Outlaw Christmas Chorale” entertaining dozens for over 25 years (and counting) at Seattle’s Fabulous Eastlake Zoo Tavern.

Chris now lives in St. Augustine, Florida, but he is coming back to his long-time home, Portland, to reunite with his old band, The Chris Carlson Quintet. With Dave Kahl on bass, Fred Ingram on drums and Brad Ulrich on saxophone*. The band plays an amusing collection of notes and rhythms for all to enjoy.

*Chris realizes this is only four people, but is hoping against hope that someone will show up and maybe, you know, actually sing a song or two. Because, while Chris is something of a singer in his own way, he knows at least one person people will actually pay to hear sing.

Check out Chris in action

Here’s a track featuring Chris Carlson’s very subtle approach to the guitar. Chris might be a little tough to pick out, as there’s ‘A Singer’ kind of burying him in the mix. But listen carefully – we’re sure you’ll agree Chris has DEFINITELY played some guitar on an awesome track.*

*Like this track? You can download it and have it for your very own! Just sign up for our mailing list. We’ll send you a link to download it. What could be better? And a huge thank-you to Chris Carlson and A Singer for providing us with this month’s awesome track!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    I just LOVE these two!!🌴❤️

  2. Denise says:

    Love you, Chris!

  3. Kate Brown says:

    I’m with Sue. Love ❤️ you two. Miss hearing you. 🍷🎼🎭🎤🎹🎸🔆

  4. Bill Huntley says:

    Great article, very funny. Almost as funny as Chris is in person. I was lucky to sing in our high school chorus with Chris, graduating in the same class. Been great to run into him again a few times of late into keeping track on Facebook.

  5. Nick Glover says:

    Zeek can paddle a canoe….navigate the Okeefenokee Swamp, snorkle the springs of the Santa Fe River, lie to Headmasters in high school….he is mult-talented. Guitar? He is one of the best! Miss that old Fender twin reverb from 1972, the year we met. He can also quaff down Lou Bono’s BBQ, Beach Road Chicken Dinners and fried shrimp and beer and Singleton’s at Mayport and O’Steens in St. A! Multi-talented.

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