At the age of thirteen, he moved to San Francisco, California.
Carlos started playing the guitar when he was eight years old.
His father was a mariachi violinist.
He is #15 on the Rolling Stone's List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Carlos: The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold.
Carlos: The more choices we give patients affected by depression, the better we will serve them.
Carlos: Capturing the sound -- to be soulful, sincere, simple, be true to the motives of honoring the music. And that's all I concentrated on.
Carlos: My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly.
Carlos: That's a good question. I say it every day in interviews and when I'm on stage, and people say, how come he doesn't just play and be quiet? You have a FOX network that says celebrities shouldn't have opinions.
Carlos: If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about.
Carlos: I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.
Carlos: Just as we have two eyes and two feet, duality is part of life.
Carlos: Every musician who participated was on the same wavelength and artistic energy as I was... Supernatural is a beautiful example of synchronicity... making it was a truly glorious experience.
Carlos: When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden.
Carlos: It's time for people to realize that we are all mixed up inside. That is why there is so much diversity on my records. I can relate to so many cultures and I want that to be reflected in my music.
Carlos: Angels cry because they want to experience what you and I feel: the moment. They live in eternity. They don't know what it is like to read a newspaper and get ink on your fingers. They don't know what it is like to take your shoes off and wiggle your toes under the dinner table.
Carlos: Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling.
Carlos: I'm laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing.
Carlos: The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
Carlos: When I hit that note - if I hit it correctly - I'm just as important as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, or anybody. Because when I hit that note, I hit the umbilical cord of anybody who is listening.
Carlos: First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So black people need to get the credit for that.
Carlos: If you can please people's hearts in Africa and Japan, then you're part of the world's family... not a tourist.
Carlos: Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you.
Carlos: Realize that when you get older, you either get senile or become gracious. There's no in-between. You become senile when you think the world short-changed you, or everybody wakes up to screw you. You become gracious when you realize that you have something the world needs, and people are happy to see you when you come into the room.
Carlos: Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.