Carl Weathersby

Born in Jackson, MS but a nearly lifelong resident of East Chicago, IN, Carl Weathersby draws on the famous blues traditions of his roots in crafting his unique, critically acclaimed sound.

Nominated for a W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist for his 1996 debut release, Don’t Lay Your Blues on Me, Weathersby has gone on to record three more albums, including Come to Papa (1999), that have helped earn him a growing, enthusiastic audience and additional Handy Award nominations for Best Blues Instrumentalist—Guitar, Blues Artist Most Deserving Wider Recognition, and Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year.

In his live performance, taped at the 2000 W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, Weathersby mixes Southern charm, soulful vocals, and fierce guitar playing in a show that is a testament to his musical abilities and his determination to save the blues through innovation.

“The blues has got to change, or it is going to die,” Weathersby said in explaining his attempt to modify classical blues with his own unique imprint. The result is an amalgamation of influences that work together to make Weathersby’s sound one of the strongest in the genre today.


This artist appears in the following Jubilee programs:

Carl Weathersby (#619)
A young guitar slinger blends Mississippi and Chicago blues.
Carl Weathersby (#1016)
Electric blues from a master of the Chicago style.