Chuck Gilbert

  • Chuck started playing guitar in the summer of his 12th year. The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show –– that’s what did it for him.
  • He played in the usual number of garage bands growing up. Then in junior high, he was part of his first really good band, “Six and the Single Girl.” Some people still remember that group!
  • By then he was listening to Cream with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles. Rock and Blues was “his” music.
  • In the early ’70s, at the urging of members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, his band “Smiling in the Dark” moved to Boulder, Colorado. They played around the state for about 5 years.
  • Chuck was honored to have shared the stage with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Michael McDonald, and some others in The Doobie Brothers. He met and played with members of Pure Prairie League. He also did some studio work around Boulder and Denver.
  • After the birth of his daughter Lily, they moved back home to Little Rock, where he continued to play music as much as he could, including a stint in the world of country music with “The KSSN Bandits,” which was sponsored by the Little Rock radio station.
  • Then it was back to his rock and roll roots with “The Resistors.”
  • He then started working with a well-known singer/songwriter Kat Hood…his first introduction to acoustic music, he loved the bare bones, personal aspect of it, whether playing in a living room or in a concert. That union soon evolved into another classic rock project, “Katmandu,” with whom he still plays.
  • In late 2010, he was asked to play lead guitar with The Rockets – a great band, with great musicians…and he’s having a great time!