Carlos Guitarlos, by Dorothy L. Hill, May 2004

Carlos Guitarlos along with his songwriter partner, Marcy Levy, performed at Biscuits & Blues opening with a tune penned by Levy, “Save A Dance For Me Before I Die,” which had a rockish-folk style. This merging of two unusually gifted songwriters has resulted in a collaboration which is evident in their live performances. Levy’s vocals and guitar style are solid and Guitarlos drives the vocals with relentless guitar—he kept the sound on high all night. Before beginning each tune, Guitarlos gave a little run-through to the new drummer, Asmus, and then pronounced “rehearsal’s over.”

The evening included covers of blues standards as well as some of their newly penned tunes. “Dust My Broom” featured Levy on harmonica and Guitarlos on slide guitar. They rocked with their version of “Shake Rattle and Roll.” Guitarlos made use of his admiration of Robert Johnson performing “Ramblin’ On My Mind” with sensitive vocal and guitar work. Guitarlos performed his composition of “Straight From The Heart” which is the title of his latest CD in a soulful expressive manner. He then invited a young (five years old) fan and friend by the name of Elizabeth to sing back-up on his composition, “Ain’t That Lovin’ You.” Bill, the bass player, touchingly leaned down and sang with her. The evening was capped off by a medley of rousing furious guitar work by Guitarlos who flaunts his genius with a folksy stage presence. There is no other more eccentric bluesman around who has lived the life and lived to write about it!