Charlie Wooton Project

Charlie Wooton Project

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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CWP’s style is Louisiana bass-driven funk with hints of the Caribbean, West Africa and Brasil. The fluid movement from riveting, classic solo bass pieces to soul-shaking improvisations, the group takes the audience on a musical roller-coaster ride. You know Charlie from his Louisiana band Zydefunk.

Biography

“Louisiana-Bass-Driven” funk with hints of the Caribbean, West Africa and Brasil.

You may know Charlie from his Louisiana band Zydefunk.
Wanting to expand his horizons and play different genres of music Charlie formed a side project by the name of "Dysfunktional Funktion". "I came home one night after a DF gig and was telling my wife how rewarding it was to play all the music that I studied over the years and she said well then why don't you make it more of a priority." That was the birth of the Charlie Wooton Project. This allowed Charlie to play any style and call up any musician he had been wanting to play with outside of Zydefunk. The band is joined by a rotating cast of musicians to offer up a fresh take on their live performance. His personal experience with West African, Brasilian, Latin and Zydeco as well as other World music styles drive the adventurous nature of the Charlie Wooton Project. Wooton has benefited greatly from his ever-curious mind, taking something from every musician he met. As a result Wooton's playing is informed by these varied experiences, and fueled by his zest for recreating his music with every performance.

How does a kid from a little town become influenced by so many different genres? To understand the Charlie Wooton Project you have to first understand Charlie.

Charlie grew up in Lafayette, La. with 4 older brothers who were all exceptional musicians, one of which has a doctorate in music and is the head of percussion at USM, Dr. John Wooton. A lot was expected of him to hold up the musical Wooton family name, a challenge he invited. "My whole life was a competition, I had to do it bigger, better and faster than my brothers, whatever it was, sports, girls, drinkin', and MUSIC." Studying Jazz and Classical music in school by day and gigging by the age of 14 with his brother David by night, Charlie's musical education was literally night and day. At age 17 he got a gig with Bobby Brooks, playing jazz. "I was reading charts every night and if I didn't have a chart Bobby would play the song anyway." From reading charts to playing Zydeco, a roots music that is handed down by generations through interpretation and story telling, Charlie landed a gig with Grammy Award winner Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. "We would play the LaLa (the dance) for 6 hours straight, no breaks." Charlie toured with Chubby for about a year and till this day gives Chubby credit for teaching him how to put on a show and take care of business.

International Festival de Louisianne is a festival in Lafayette that invites nations from all over the world to participate, this is where Charlie met Mohamod Bongora, a djmbe player from West Africa. One of many life changing moments for him. "Mohamod would make us play a single groove for an hour straight, without getting louder or softer nor could we get faster or slower, it was all about the groove, now that's a lesson for life."

At 20 years old with $20 in his pocket Wooton moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a sound man at 3rd Encore rehearsal studios. Here he got to play with many of his childhood idols, one being Kim Stone. "When I was a teenager I would listen to Kim's bass playing on Spyro Gyro records and dream of meeting him, well I did and he gave me the bass that was on those records." Charlie got call backs from Mic Fleetwood, Seals and Crofts, En Vogue and many more but never landed the big gig. After spending 3 years in L.A. Charlie moved back to the south where he resided in Atlanta, Ga.

Forming Zydefunk during this time period Charlie was able to get back to his roots. Zydefunk, which is still going strong till this day, was featured on CNN World News, headlined many festivals throughout the southeast and played all the local crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parties in Atlanta. This is were Charlie really honed in on his skills on how to entertain an audience. (you can learn more about Zydefunk at www.zydefunk.com)

Playing and recording with Angie Aparo was another life lesson for Charlie, "When I met Angie all I wanted to do is make music move forward, Angie taught me how to take a step back and make the music expand and grow outward, very cool."

Tropicus 22, an eight piece Brasillian samba band, was a dream gig for Wooton, he was always infatuated with Brasillian culture. "The first gig they kept telling me I wasn't doing anything wrong but something wasn't right, until this beautiful Brasillian girl started to samba in front of me and all of a sudden I got the groove. This was the same with zydeco and cajun music from my home, it was all about the dance, food and language that made the music so good."

Charlie also worked as Count M'Butu (percussionist w/ the Derek Trucks Band) and Caroline Aiken's music director.
Just before leaving Atlanta Charlie recorded a live CD with Caroline at Eddie's Attic along with Grammy award winner Yonrico Scott on drums and Tommy Martin on guitar. He was the music dir

Lyrics

King Cake

Written By: Chuck Carbo

Give me something good to eat
Rich and truley what a treat
Icing sweet will temp the soul
Mardi Gras colors green, purple, gold

Chorus:
King Cake
There's nothing like it
King Cake
Gotta try it
King Cake
from New Orleans
King Cake
You heard about it
King Cake
So exciting
King Cake
from New Orleans

Golden' treasures wait inside
Around the cinnamon the baby hides
Cut a slice and take a bite
you might get lucky and win tonight

Chorus

If your mouth picks up the prize
To mark the places you will rise
The golden baby will make you king
tonight is yours to do your thing
Like a king you must provide
The next King Cake and party ride
If you want to have some fun
A King Cake party is #1

Chorus

Day Dreamin’

Written By: Donnie McCormick

Day Dreamin’

Words and Music by:
Donnie McCormick

Verse 1
Sittin’ in the shade on a sunny day
Sippin’ something cool oh by the way
Listen to the wind talkin’ to the trees
Whisper in my ear sweet summer breeze

Chorus
Daydreamin’ about you
Can’t get you off my mind
Daydreamin’ about
I do it all the time
You ring my chimes

Verse 2 and 3
BaBaBaBaby what you do to me
You got me BuBuBuBuzzin’ like a honey bee
Honey comb come along I’m sweet on you
To a cold romantic rendezvous
You got the look that drives men wild
You wrote the book and I like your style
I can feel a heat wave comin’ over me
Just close my eyes and then I’ll be

Chorus

Day Dreamin’

Words and Music by: Donnie McCormick

Recorded at: Joes Basement

Produced by: Joe Davies and Charlie Wooton

Engineered by: Joe Davies

Ricky Fargo: Vocals and Drums
Charlie Wooton: Bass
Joe Davies: Guitar
Marcus James Henderson: Keys
Donnie McCormick: Background vocals
“Bear” Sauls: Guitar Solo

It’s Not Funny

Written By: Music By: Marcus Henderson Words By: Ricky Fargo

It’s Not Funny

Music By: Marcus Henderson
Words By: Ricky Fargo

Verse 1
I been looking high and low
Since early ‘66
You can hand down your memories
But they still play tricks
In every little city
Every little town
I thought I saw her watching me through every womans eyes
It’s not funny, it’s not funny

Verse 2
No money in my pocket
My Levi’s dragging tracks
Walking down this dusty road
That leads to nowhere
In every little city
Every little town
I thought I saw her watching me through every womans eyes
It’s not funny, it’s not funny

It’s Not Funny

Music By: Marcus Henderson
Words By: Ricky Fargo

Recorded at: Joes Basement and Marcus House

Produced by: Joe Davies and Charlie Wooton

Engineered by: Joe Davies and Jeff “Huggy” Hunt

Marcus Henderson: Keys and Sax
Ricky Fargo: Drums and Vocals
Count M’Butu: Percussion
Charlie Wooton: Bass
Jody Davies: Guitar

Snake Woman

Written By: Charlie Wooton, Oliver Wood, Jody Davies and Ricky Fargo

Snake Woman

Words and music by:
Charlie Wooton, Oliver Wood,
Jody Davies and Ricky Fargo

Verse 1
I see you creeping through grass at night time
I see you peeping through the glass in my mind
The only time I see you is in the moonlight
And every time you kiss me it’s just a snake bite

Chorus:
Snake Woman can I see you again
When you gonna shed that cold, cold skin

Verse 2
A pinch of salt and water from the river
When you’re close my body starts to shiver
Praying one day soon you’ll set me free
I don’t know how you passed my bottle tree

Shout Chorus
Snake Woman

Out Chorus:
Why did you put that spell on me?
How do I set myself free?

Snake Woman

Words and music by:
Charlie Wooton, Oliver Wood,
Jody Davies and Ricky Fargo

Recorded at: Joes Basement

Produced by: Joe Davies and Charlie Wooton

Engineered by: Joe Davies

Oliver Wood: Guitar and Vocals
Charlie Wooton: Bass, Fretless bass solo, whistle and background vocals
Ricky Fargo: Drums
Jody Davies: Mandolin, Whistle and background Vocals
Nathan Nelson: Slide Guitar
Count M’Butu:Percussion

Why?
I wanted to write something on the spot with Oliver Wood.
We came up with the concept of Snake Woman, that woman is nothing but trouble, but you keep going back for more. The night before we recorded the vocals I saw a special on Voodoo and they talked about a bottle tree, that is were you take some river water and a pinch of salt put it in a bottle and hang from a tree to keep the evil spirits away. Oliver came up with this country kind of guitar lick, I asked Ricky to play an African kind of groove and then we put the guitar on top of that. I started to play a bass line and Jody said “To busy.” So I came up with the bass line that is on the recording. We added Nate to play some slide guitar. Jody wrote the mandolin solo and I doubled it with fretless bass and then Jody and I whistled along with the solo.

So Hard To Say!

Written By: Words by: Marcus Henderson Music by: Charlie Wooton

So Hard To Say!

Words by: Marcus Henderson
Music by: Charlie Wooton
Joe Davies
Marcus Henderson

Verse 1
So many days go by
So many ways I tried
I’ve tried so many ways
So many ways to find some peace inside

Verse 2
Dad said son let it ride, let it ride, let it ride
You gotta let things roll of you like the morning dew
Oh yes you do
But you see I can’t stand for that
I just got to just figure out a way
To reach inside and be me see

Verse 3
Hey! I just want some peace you’ll
Just let me look around inside myself
I can’t touch anything that use to belong to me
I just want to be so still inside
I want to be me

So Hard to Say!

Words by: Marcus Hendrson
Music by: Charlie Wooton
Joe Davis
Marcus Henderson

Recorded at: Joes Basement

Produced by: Joe Davies and Charlie Wooton

Engineered by: Joe Davies

Marcus James Henderson: Vocals and Sax
Charlie Wooton: Bass
Joel Williams: Guitar Solo
Joe Davies: Guitar
John McKnight: Drums

Why:
I wrote this groove and we recorded it with out having any idea what the words or melody would be. Marcus came into the session and I told him to sing in a certain spot and play his sax in a certain spot. He was having a rough day and couldn’t settle down so he started singing about being still inside. I think this is my favorite track so far.

Discography

1st C.D. is titled Zydefunk
Charlie Wooton Project C.D is done!! Caroline Aiken CD at Eddie's Attic March 6 2010 with Grammy award winning Yonrico Scott and Tomi Martin! LIVE STUDIO RECORDING ZYDEFUNK w/ CHUBBY CARRIER AND MICHAEL DOUCET!!!! !!
You can hear some of our music in the audio section of this epk

Set List

The Charlie Wooton Project has a very large repertoire of originals and covers artist they are mostly influenced by. We like to play long sets to keep the momentum going.

Originals include:
Higher Than Low
So Tender
Funky Fresh(Negril)
Fingertips
Living Room Jam
New Iberia
Unexpected Kisses
Move On
Bongora
Charlie's Funk
and many more

Covers include:
Yellow Moon: Neville Brothers
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Joe Zawinul
Voodoo
Chevrolet
Meet the Boys at the Battlefront
Black Drawes
Summertime
Come Together
Blackbird
to name a few