Carla R. and the Quasars
From the eclectic and energetic open jam stages and mics of Atlanta has emerged the Quasars, a sonically quixotic group of progressive musicians, dedicated to continual exploration into the mysterious frontiers of rock, blues, funk and beyond……..
With Bobby Andre on Drums, James “Jimi” Schneider on Bass and Keys and Carla R. on Lead/ Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, the Quasars deliver a special brand of ‘magnetic rock’ with even a bit of dramatic flare to spare through every riff.
--The wildly original and creative psyche contained in the performer that has come to be Carla R. was fortunate to be nurtured by parents who exerted no musical opinions or repertoire.
“From age 6, when I met and heard the music of Moses Rascoe, I was hooked on music, especially the personality of guitar....most importantly, my parents never ever pushed me to do music, it was all me -I asked for the piano and the lessons, I asked for the trombone...and so on....that made my fire for music especially strong because I was always in control of how I pursued it. I sometimes wondered if my parents hoped I would leave the ‘musician idea’ alone but, in reality they were only encouraging me by not being too involved.
--Carla played trombone, sousaphone, piano and guitar while earning her music degree at UNC Chapel Hill.
“even at that time, considering the wide variety of musical experiences I had been exposed to at Chapel Hill, I still had no serious vision of myself as a performing guitarist and songwriter - it has been really instinctive and even random at times how this whole ‘Carla R.’ experience has evolved.”
--Carla exerts a great deal of ownership, passion and urgency in her writing and performances.
“From the first time I performed “Batdance” (Prince) for an after school talent show, the experience of performing was intoxicating for me; even with all of the formal study, instruments and expansion as a musician, there is nothing like being on stage playing the hell out of a guitar and making people feel good. Nothing can beat that.”