Melodic instrumental rock: virtuosity, soulful playing and great melodies. Our show is very entertaining and includes projected video in sync with the music. Our sound is unique and can be enjoyed by a wide cross section of people."


Curtis is a power trio featuring original music that is a Captivating Mix of Instrumental Rock, Jazz and Surf. Curtis Fornadley, “a guitar slinger with a worldwide view and the technical ability to explore it" (Music Connection), is a native of southern California. His band includes Rob Chismar (drums) and Dennis McGarry.

Curtis Fornadley was a finalist in Guitar Player Magazines “Guitar Hero 2007” competition and received rave reviews from celebrity judges. To view this performance visit

The music of Curtis is unique; each tune is different from the next, yet there is a common thread that ties them all together: virtuosity, soulful playing and great melodies. The guitar is front and center, but the variety of tones and styles allow it to be enjoyed by people other than guitar players.

Curtis has great musicianship AND great tunes. Their live show is very entertaining and includes projected video in sync with the music. Curtis performs regularly throughout the south western United States and has enough music for three full sets, which include a mixture of covers and originals (please see set list for details).

Curtis released their fourth CD titled “Out of the Shell” in January 2008.
Other releases include:
“Blue Electric Cool” (2005) - In October 2006 “Blue Electric Cool” was nominated for Instrumental Rock Album of the year by
"Room 137" (2001) - "demonstrate the guitarist’s impressive skills both as a guitar stylist and composer” (20th Century Guitar).
“Curtis” (1998) - Fifty percent of the profit, from the sale of this CD, is donated to Cancer related charities.

The music of Curtis is very visual and well suited for Film and TV and has been featured on HBO, Fox Sports, and in internet sites and games. Discover the various moods and range of Curtis as a composer and instrumentalist at:

Curtis Fornadley uses and endorses: Seymour Duncan, Morley pedals, DR Strings and Pedaltrain.

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Videos can be found at:


Film and TV Sampler

Written By: Curtis Fornadley

Instrumental only

Out of the Shell

Written By: Curtis Fornadley



"Out of the Shell " 2008
"Blue Electric Cool " 2005
"Room 137" 2001
"Curtis" 1998

Set List

Enough material for three 50 min sets Covers and Originals


1. Spanish Surf
2. Danger Girl
3. Street Walkin’
4. Fire in Her Eyes
5. Spy v. Spy
6. Open Road
7. Cookie Monster
8. Race with Jesus on PCH
9. Pirate
10. Rollercoaster
11. Nothing can bother us now
12. Carrots and Grapes
13. Out of the Shell
14. Simmer Down
15. Indian Summer
16. Staring at Infinity
17. Super Sonic

18. Scuttle Buttin’
19. Caravan
20. Apache
21. Don’t Let me be Misunderstood
22. Midnight Blue
23. Moby Dick
24. Wipe Out
25. Pipe Line
26. Little Wing
27. Stormy
28. She’s not there
29. A Hard Days Night
30. Red House
31. Miserlo
32. Tequila
33. Running Down a Dream
34. Wonderful Tonight
35. Empty Arms
36. Solitary Man
37. Taste of Honey
38. Hush
39. One Head Light
40. I'm Bad I'm Nationwide