Carl Harvey

Band: Toots and the Maytals

Hometown: Ontario, Canada

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Carl Harvey, lead guitarist with Toots and the Maytals was born in Jamaica and emigrated to TorontoOntarioCanada with his family at an early age. He began playing guitar aged 13 and also played the tuba at school. Harvey was initially inspired by Jimi Hendrix:

Carl uses Big Joe Stomp Box Pedals to give him that special tone. 

What he says about them:

Big Joe stomps are high quality, low noise and built like tanks. My pedal board is never without one! Got my MoJo working!

"The first time I heard Purple Haze I knew that I wanted to get a sound from the guitar that I had never heard coming from a straight guitar amp setup. Another pivotal point came with the release of the Cream's "White Room" and Jimi's "Voodoo Child" (Slight Return) sealed it."Harvey joined the Toronto funk and soul band The Crack of Dawn, which was signed by Columbia Records and had hits in Canada with "It's Alright" and "Keep the Faith" in 1976.In the mid-1970s, Harvey visited Jamaica regularly and recorded as a member of Bunny Lee's house band The Aggrovators, playing on albums such as Kaya DubJackie Mittoo's In Cold Blood and King in the Arena, and also played guitar on Willi Williams'Messenger ManIn 1978, he went into the studio with Lee to record several tracks where he played improvised guitar over some of Lee's classic rhythms. These were released in 1979 as the album Ecstasy of Mankind on the British label Cancer, without Harvey's knowledge. Harvey had returned to Canada, and was first told about the album by Mittoo, who had seen it for sale in London. Although the record was unavailable for many years, it was released by Rhino Records in 1994, who fraudulently sold it as a Lee "Scratch" Perry album, under the title Guitar Boogie DubThe album was given a wider release, with correct title and credits, in 2005 by Makasound Records. In the 1980s, he became the lead guitarist of Toots & the Maytals, and has been with the band for over twenty-five years. He also toured with his own band, with Jackie Mittoo, and worked as a record producer, producing four albums by Messenjah(two of which were nominated for Juno Awards), and recordings by the Juno-winning Kim Richardson and SwayHarvey released a second solo album, The Times, in 2005.

Carl Harvey
Carl's Pedal Board with Big Joe Stomp Box Classic Tube B-402 Texas Flood style grit with thick, chunky harmonic saturation. Two position toggle lets you engage speaker simulation circuitry that models speaker box loaded with large drivers giving you a more smoothed out frequency response. This box has more gain that the Vintage tube boxes and plenty of mid-range bite that really cuts through the mix. It is your classic overdriven tube amp sound.

The Carl Harvey Project
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