Bob Cargill and Les Paul guitar video
Bob and Shiner Bock
Who is Bob Cargill?
Bob is my husband of 20 years and we have been together ever since our first date. A friend at work invited me to meet her boyfriend's roommate and I accepted. I had no idea this was the beginning of a long and happy relationship!
Bob is a lead guitar player and indie musician. This interview is complete with a video of Bob playing his Les Paul Custom 1990 guitar. Bob works out of his home music studio playing all the parts - lead guitar, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and other stringed instruments to produce original indie rock instrumentals and animated YouTube videos.
Lela: Do you remember when you first met me?
Bob: I remember the day as clear as I'm standing here. It was the day that I was transporting some tourists for the car rental place I worked at on Maui. About halfway there we had to abandon the VW van on the side of the road because it caught fire and burned up! The tourists were perturbed and didn't want to pay me for the shuttle ride, but of course I insisted.
But when I met you that night, I thought you were really nice and I wanted to get to know you better. You were so different than anyone I had ever met.
This interview is about you though...
Lela: Besides the VW Van burning up and you and the tourists coming close to death, how many other near death experiences have you had?
Bob: I was nearly sucked up by a tornado in Massachusetts one day. I was at work and the storm came along and ripped the roof off of the building and the boss yelled for everyone to get out. I ran for a bank of heavy file cabinets and the drawers were just slamming open. I jumped over the cabinets and I felt the tornado pulling my legs out from under me.
Then, I was in the Navy during the Carter administration. I server aboard the U.S.S Somers. I was stationed in Honolulu and went on three West Pacific tours. I had loads of near death experiences during those three and a half years. I saw storms at sea that scared the beejesus out of me. Waves taller than the smoke stacks and the top of the radar tower which was about 100 feet high. I saw killer whales follow the ship off the coast of Australia.
Once I was nearly sunburned to death by falling asleep on a dive platform. The next day down in the engine room there were boiling hot drops of condensed steam falling on my cracked and bleeding skin and the duty officer reprimanded me for destroying government property - me!
Another time, I was working a temp job and had to unload a truck full of pipes and stuff. I was wrestling with the pipes which were stacked every which way and I knocked a box of Gummi Bears down. The box weighed 50 pounds or more and it hit me square on the head. I saw stars and at the very least got a concussion. Those damn bears could have killed me.
Lela: When did you first pick up a guitar and what was the first song you learned to play?
Bob: I was 14 when I got my first guitar and I played basic rhythm and blues. I was a big fan of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath. I don’t really remember the first full song I learned to play though.
Lela: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Bob: Eric Clapton. He's probably the best known and best guitarist ever. I love Sunshine of Your Love and Crossroads.
Lela: Did your music career bring you to Austin, Texas - The Live Music Capitol of the World?
Bob: When we moved from Maui, we could have chosen any city on the mainland. You were from Texas, so that gave us an incentive to pick that state. Going back to Massachusetts after living on Maui for two and half years didn't seem like a good idea. Austin is called The Live Music Capitol of the World. It may be, but it's more of an advertising gimmick. The live music here is geared toward college students and not really my style. Still there is the big South By Southwest music festival every year and Austin City Limits which is a show I've always watched. I'm also a big fan of Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Quick and Easy questions...
I have so many! But my current car is a 1995 Ford Mustang GT Bright Red Convertible
Prime rib - Especially the one at The County Line BBQ on the Lake.
Deep dish or thin crust?
Deep Dish Meat Lover!
Coke or Pepsi?
Boxers or briefs?
Cats or dogs?
Cats love me and I love both dogs and cats. Cats seem to have some sort of galactic attraction to me.
This website; trying to market and sell my 3 published music CDs; creating, writing, and performing new original indie music; and creating and producing new indie music videos on my YouTube Channel that I share with Austinstar.
Lela: How can people buy your music CDs or find your YouTube channel?
Bob provides free music - He could use a few tips to keep the tunes going!
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