Known for: Craig Chaquico, who grew up in Carmichael, was lead guitarist for 16 years (1974-90) for the rock band Jefferson Starship (later named Starship) before becoming a successful artist in the smooth-jazz genre.
Background: Chaquico, the son of jazz musicians, attended La Sierra High School. At age 14, he joined a band with his English teacher, who had known members of Jefferson Airplane. Eventually Chaquico was asked to play guitar on some of Airplane alumni Paul Kantner and Grace Slick's solo albums. He then joined the Jefferson Starship, which included Kantner and Slick. On his 16th birthday, he completed his first recording session. By the time he was a freshman at American River College, he was touring with the group. Later, he was asked to join the band officially. He left the band in 1990 and began primarily playing acoustic guitar. Today he has a successful career on the New Age and smooth-jazz circuits.
A highlight: Chaquico's solo debut, "Acoustic Highway," topped Billboard's New Age charts. His follow-up album, "Acoustic Planet," was nominated for a Grammy in 1995
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