Karl Sharicz
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Having recently put out his first release at 58, Somerville-born singer/songwriter Karl Sharicz is somewhat of a later bloomer. But his debut offering, Rough Draft, peels away the layers to reveal a much younger artist at heart. “Photograph of You” sets a precedent for much of what’s to follow: mellow, mid tempo feel good alt-rock that conjures memories of local heroes Buffalo Tom and other like-minded artists of the alternative era. Lyrically, Sharicz seems stuck in the reflective, post relationship mode, which begins to tire toward the end. But while Rough Draft may be, well, just that, Sharicz’s songs have a shoddy, stripped down charm to them that evens the record out in spite of its lack of innovation. In the end, it’s somewhat of a shoulder shrug sort of a record, but not bad by any stretch. (Ryan Bray) - The Noise


Discography

Rough Draft (2006) Fat Apple Recording
Dancing Hearts (2008) Fat Apple Recording
"Boat of Inspiration" currently getting airplay on WICN, Worcester, MA

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I was born in Somerville Massachusetts into a musical family and grew up in Brockton, the city of Champions. My grandfather played drums, violin, mandolin, and trumpet. My dad was an accomplished pianist, my uncle a jazz saxophone and clarinet player, while almost every other member of my family played either guitar or piano. With music surrounding almost every family event while growing up, I developed a decided love for music and performance by the tender age of three, singing traditional Polish folk songs for any audience willing to listen to me. However, my true musical development began during the early 1960s when guitar bands such as The Ventures, Duane Eddy, Link Wray, and Buddy Holly, captured my imagination. At around age 12, I got my first Kay acoustic guitar. Fueled further by the 60s British musical revolution, I formed and played bass guitar in my first band in 1965, a three-piece known as The Crystal Syrup—a name rather blatantly indicative of the mushrooming 60s psychedelic era. Although not formally trained on guitar, I am primarily self-taught and was enormously inspired by the 1960s musical explosion especially the British invasion—elements sorely missing from some of the contemporary and popular music of today. These influences tend to come out in my current songwriting. I also began studying the drums in 1995 which provided me with some practical drumming experience at the possible expense of a little hearing loss. Right after that I started songwriting and recording myself as a solo performer. Then I spent almost two years performing at open mikes and a variety of museums, artistic venues, and outdoor festivals. From that point onward I have continued songwriting and performing my own original material at a variety open mikes and singer-songwriter showcases in and around the Central and Eastern Massachusetts areas and eventually getting enough recognition to score many feature slots. In 2006 I produced my first all-original CD titled Rough Draft on my own label, Fat Apple. At the beginning to 2008 I recorded, produced, and released my second CD titled Dancing hearts again on my own label, Fat Apple. My music tends to be based on personal experience which people can relate to.