Charlie Wooton

Charlie Wooton Project / ZABADODAT / New Orleans Suspects

“My bass sounds like my bass when I play through Hartke. The tone surrounds me up like a quilt Grandma made.”

Charlie Wooton was born and raised in Lafayette, LA, where he was exposed to all aspects of music, from the classroom to the LaLas (The   Dance) in the backwoods and in the streets of New Orleans. Studying Jazz and Classical during the day, then playing Funk and Zydeco gigs at night, Charlie got a very diverse musical education. His first touring gig was with Zydeco icon Chubby Carrier, where Charlie claims he learned how to put on a show and take care of business. At 20 years of age, Charlie moved to Los Angeles, CA and worked at 3rd Encore Studios for three years, then made his way to Atlanta, GA where he formed the band Zydefunk, which featured the likes of Oliver Wood, Willie Green, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Count M'Butu and Marcus James Henderson. Needing to get back to his roots, Charlie moved back to Louisiana and since has played with the best of New Orleans: Bonerama, Sonny Landreth, Zigaboo, Johnny Vidacovich, Cyril Neville, Chief Monk Boudreaux, New Orleans Suspects, Big Sam's Funky Nation and many more. He toured with Royal Southern Brotherhood for four years and recorded four CDs, as a bassist and a writer. Their biggest hit, "Fired Up", was written by Charlie.

Charlie formed a new project, ZABADODAT, with world-renowned percussionist Rafael Pereira and Hip Hop recording guitarist Daniel Groover, featuring the amazing Laura Reed.

Recently, Charlie has been touring with Zydefunk and Sonny Landreth, doing session work, producing records and teaching students all over the world via Skype. He has been written up in numerous music publications, both nationally and internationally. Featured twice in Bass Player Magazine, Charlie's self-proclaimed biggest accomplishment was his recent feature in Bass Player Brasil for the release of ZabaDuo with Rafael Pereira.

The Charlie Wooton Project will bring you all of Charlie's World Travels to the stage. It's an eclectic mix of music, something for everyone.