Carla Ulbrich: Professional Smart Aleck



CD update


Just had a great session with the immensely talented Bob Malone, who added keys to 4 songs.

We now have so much great talent on the recording, we have a problem- there's too much music happening on some of the songs! and all of it is great. I had to explain the phrase "embarrassment of riches" to my producer (He knew we had too much great stuff- he'd just never heard that turn of phrase).

So, we're gonna turn up the fiddle here and down there, more telecaster here, less there, banjo, 2nd guitar, dobro, keyboards, a veritable soup of amazing players all playing tasty stuff, but we have to make some choices.

I still don't have a release date set, because after making 7 of these things, i've learned everything takes longer and costs twice as much as you expected. I only needed to have one time where I held a CD release concert with no CDs on hand to learn my lesson!

Meanwhile, while you're waiting, here's a goofy video of an intentionally depressing birthday song:

And the latest guitar "how to" guitar video ("Hey There Delilah," a great first fingerpicking song):


More News on the Upcoming CD


Looks like we're adding even more amazing talent to the upcoming CD!

On keyboards: We're getting my amazing (and fun) friend Bob Malone for 3-4 songs. Bob travels the world both as a solo act and as a member of John Fogerty's band. Back before he was so famous, we used to gig and even write songs together (remember "We Don't Need a Walmart?").

On telecaster: Erik Halbig, who I know from 20+ years ago (we used to teach together at the National Guitar Workshop), will be spicing things up with some hot country picking' on 4 songs. He produced 2 songs for me in 1998 ("What If Your Girlfriend Was Gone" - twang version and "Boy Wonder" wall of sound version). Erik plays with all the big country acts- Ty Herndon, Sugarland, you name it. Like Bob, he is really in demand but he's on board for this project!

On dobro: Rob Ickes, a longtime friend of my producer (Bob Harris), is a Grammy winner and 13-time Dobro Player of the year (International Bluegrass Music Association).


Carla's YouTube Guitar Tutorials: The F-Word Song


The latest guitar tutorial is up!

Learn how to play my most-requested song "If I Had the Copyright" (The F word song)!

You, too, can be politely asked to never come back to a venue again with that filthy mouth (or you can use the bleeper- instructions provided).


Carla's Guitar Tutorials: House of the Rising Sun How-To


I've just posted a YouTube lesson on how to play the classic song "House of the Rising Sun."

If you've ever wanted to learn this, give it a shot!



I'm in the studio working on a new CD!


I'm excited to announce that I'm about halfway done with a new CD!

It's my 8th CD and my first studio recording since Totally Average Woman (late 2015) - and I'm really happy with how it's going. 

I'm doing half the songs in Nashville with the ridiculously talented Steve Goodie (who is also very funny), and the other half in New Jersey with the equally talented Bob Harris.

I'm recording the country stuff in New Jersey and the rock stuff in Nashville. Because logic.

I think you're gonna love it.

Stay tuned for the latest!