Bud Carlson

lead vocals / percussion

 

Bud came from a singing and dancing family. His three older sisters were always singing and harmonizing at family events and the seeds were deeply planted. Early on he played drums in a garage band and also took guitar lessons. Although he is currently the lead singer for 60 Carat Rock, he has always had a natural gift for harmony and background vocals. His early influences included the oldies bands and main stream bands such as the Beatles, the Monkees, and Chicago just to name a few. Later 70’s rock became his passion. His public performances began with contemporary Christian music in church in the 80’s and eventually he was reunited with his roots when he joined 60 Carat Rock.

Tony Carlson

bass guitar

 

Tony started out young by banging on pots, pans and buckets to the local oldies radio station. Music was always a very important element in his life. He has played a number of instruments over the years, but oldies and classic rock have remained among his favorite genres of music. Having started out on bass guitar at age 14, he is thrilled now to be laying down the bass lines for 60 Carat Rock and playing the music he has always loved. He may not be as old as the songs he plays, but he strives to play them with the same feeling and intensity as the musicians who first played them.

George Lisle

lead guitar / backing vocals

 

George has been playing the guitar since the 60's with bands like The Henchman (surfin' music), Danny and the Twisters (oldies), Chasin' Time (blues), and Professional Confusion (originals).  George has now come full circle musically by joining 60 Carat Rock.

Tony Heredia

drums / backing vocals

 

Tony grew up on a steady diet of 90’s Alternative Rock and Grunge, but at the end of the day, he just loves to play. In college, he played with bands that shared the stage with nationally recognized and touring Indie rock bands. More recently, he has backed bands of all different styles: Big Band/Swing, Alternative, Funk, Soul, Pop, and now, 60 Carat Rock! Tony took a shine to learning the drums at age 12 and taught himself how to harmonize vocals, in addition to playing a little guitar and bass. He ultimately stuck with the drums and is perfectly content with laying down the groove and hanging in the background.

Paul Slater

keyboards / backing vocals

 

Paul’s interest in music began early with piano lessons from the church organist and trombone in grade school band. By high school, he had discovered The Beatles, Stones, Yardbirds, and Doors, and with the help of his friends from Thee Other Guys circa 1967, put aside his classical roots and learned how to rock on piano instead. Once Paul got his first Hammond B3 organ he knew his musical journey had begun.

 

Paul has played piano, B3 organ, and synthesizer professionally throughout the Midwest and Chicagoland area in numerous local and touring bands for more than 40 years, adding his classic rock, blues, and jazz influenced keyboards to wherever the music takes him. Paul also currently plays Sundays in a Christian rock band and his home recording studio provides an outlet for composing and recording his own musical creations.

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