Mention Jefferson Starship, KC & The Sunshine Band and Wayne Cochran and you’re taking some aging hippies back in time to a place of great music and fond memories. Anyone that was alive when those bands were on every radio dial in the country will also know the name Slick Aguilar, the guitarist for these groups and others.
Slick Aguilar was born in Florida in 1954. Like many musicians he went through several known and not so well
known bands before being hired by Paul Kantner to be the guitarist for Jefferson Starship in 1992. Since then, Aguilar has been the centerpiece in the band.
For a long time Aguilar has needed a liver transplant and faced some months on edge since getting his initial diagnosis. Before the surgery, Aguilar says, “I was told that I am now first in line for a transplant for my blood type whenever the next liver becomes available.”
With the surgery completed in July 2013, Aguilar still has a long road ahead of him.
Liver transplants don’t come cheap and musicians aren’t known for having the best of health insurance polcieis. Fundraisers are underway to help Aguilar cover the costs of the operation as well as living expenses during recovery.
Never one to set idle, Aguilar is also busy raising funds to help cover surgical expenses which are estimated to be close to one million dollars.
Aguilar’s website, SlickAguilar.com, lists items from guitar picks to autographed photos that are for sale along with suggested donations. Images of Aguilar with notables such as David Crosby and other music legends have been personally autographed as have guitars and other items.
Kevin Carlson, a longtime friend of Aguilar’s, has written a song especially for the fundraising. “I’m Coming Home” is available on Carlson’s website, KevinDCarlson.bandcamp.com and all the proceeds from the sale of the song which can be downloaded on Carlson’s website goes to the fund being raised for Aguilar.
Carlson’s song is typical of all the music he writes, unique, earthy and with a message as well as original. Reaching back to the Beatle’s recording time in Abby Road Studies, Carlson makes good use of the technique of “…pulling one track back to give it a doubling sound.”
The track sounds like there’s several people playing in the band, but as Carlson says, “here are Zero effects on this, it's all raw, just me and my 2 Martins…”.
Carlson is 100% “old school”. He uses analog tape machines, tube mic and compressors.
“…Makes for a better sound,” says Carlson.