Carla Ulbrich: Professional Smart Aleck



New holiday song!


It's the Most Fattening Time of the Year! You know what I mean, and that's my new song parody,.

it's up on bandcamp for streaming or purchase right here:


New Song: The Peloton Song


ICYMI, there's been a big flap about the Peloton exercise bike commercial.

This already-fit looking woman gets an exercise bike for Christmas from her hubby.

And, well, some people think the blowback about the commercial is much ado about nothing.

Maybe it is. But this much I know: there are certain things you never buy as a gift unless your'e 100% certain the person wanted it.

Like acne medication. Or a vacuum cleaner. OR exercise gear.

Anyhow, here's the song I wrote about it!


CD update


Just had a great session with the immensely talented Bob Malone, who added keys to 4 songs.

We now have so much great talent on the recording, we have a problem- there's too much music happening on some of the songs! and all of it is great. I had to explain the phrase "embarrassment of riches" to my producer (He knew we had too much great stuff- he'd just never heard that turn of phrase).

So, we're gonna turn up the fiddle here and down there, more telecaster here, less there, banjo, 2nd guitar, dobro, keyboards, a veritable soup of amazing players all playing tasty stuff, but we have to make some choices.

I still don't have a release date set, because after making 7 of these things, i've learned everything takes longer and costs twice as much as you expected. I only needed to have one time where I held a CD release concert with no CDs on hand to learn my lesson!

Meanwhile, while you're waiting, here's a goofy video of an intentionally depressing birthday song:

And the latest guitar "how to" guitar video ("Hey There Delilah," a great first fingerpicking song):


More News on the Upcoming CD


Looks like we're adding even more amazing talent to the upcoming CD!

On keyboards: We're getting my amazing (and fun) friend Bob Malone for 3-4 songs. Bob travels the world both as a solo act and as a member of John Fogerty's band. Back before he was so famous, we used to gig and even write songs together (remember "We Don't Need a Walmart?").

On telecaster: Erik Halbig, who I know from 20+ years ago (we used to teach together at the National Guitar Workshop), will be spicing things up with some hot country picking' on 4 songs. He produced 2 songs for me in 1998 ("What If Your Girlfriend Was Gone" - twang version and "Boy Wonder" wall of sound version). Erik plays with all the big country acts- Ty Herndon, Sugarland, you name it. Like Bob, he is really in demand but he's on board for this project!

On dobro: Rob Ickes, a longtime friend of my producer (Bob Harris), is a Grammy winner and 13-time Dobro Player of the year (International Bluegrass Music Association).


Carla's YouTube Guitar Tutorials: The F-Word Song


The latest guitar tutorial is up!

Learn how to play my most-requested song "If I Had the Copyright" (The F word song)!

You, too, can be politely asked to never come back to a venue again with that filthy mouth (or you can use the bleeper- instructions provided).