After only two years of writing and performing music and opening for acts such as Marshall Crenshaw and Jason Spooner, John Charles is on the verge of releasing his second self-produced album, Livery Stable. A nine track composition of entirely acoustic and all original material was recorded this summer in Boston. After being mixed on the same board that Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” was recorded on, and later dumped onto tape, John Charles will try to bring out a old time analog feel in his new music. The album ranges from songs like "The Words" filled with mandolin riffs and solos that give off a rich Folk Rock feel to tracks like "Get What You Need" that pull you in on the first note with a riveting acoustic guitar intro followed by a melodic Dobro accompaniment. With the production of this record, John Charles will be performing at various venues around the Northeast throughout the fall and winter months. John and his backing band hope to bring out in their performance a new modern approach to Folk Rock music as well as retaining the same old time acoustic sound the album Livery Stable will convey
John Charles - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Dan Goulet - Lead Guitar & Melody
Sean Needham - Mandolin/Dobro/Lead Guitar
Rob Blatt - Bass
"Livery Stable" LP - Released October 27th, 2007
"The Boat Demo" EP - Released in July of 2007
"Summer Nights" EP - Released in the late Summer of 2006.
"The Way Back Home" LP - released in March of 2006.
John Charles debuts new acoustic album
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Thursday, October 27, 2007 John Charles isn't a musical slacker. Although his first album, "The W...Thursday, October 27, 2007
John Charles isn't a musical slacker. Although his first album, "The Way Back Home," came out last year, the young musician didn't take a break from recording.
This weekend, Charles will release a second album, titled "Livery Stable." The release will be celebrated with a show Saturday at Black Rock Tavern in Thomaston.
The self-produced CD is all acoustic, with acoustic guitars, mandolin, upright bass and dobro.
Charles started his musical training in classical piano at age 6. By the time he was 12, he had traded in a keyboard for a acoustic guitar and started a musical self-education with his father's vinyl record collection for lessons.
The organic sounds of Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix and James Taylor gave the all-American boy an all-American sound, a folk bent and a knack for songwriting. By age 17, Charles was writing his own tunes and recording them in a make-shift home studio.
Last year, he headed into a Boston studio and the result was his debut album, "The Way Back Home."
Saturday's 10 p.m. show will feature the entire Charles band performing, with CD giveaways throughout the night. The all-ages performance will be held in the banquet room connected to the restaurant.
For more information on the CD, check out the Charles page at www.myspace.com/johncharlesmusic.
Sets can range anywhere from 45 min - 2 hours depending on the performance.
Get What You Need
Give Me Back My Blues
Over & Out
The Way Back Home
The Hardest Part
Talkin' 'bout People
Don't You Fear
She's Got it All
Running in Circles
All I Ever Loved
You & Me Tonight
Change in the Weather
Hold Your Breath
Teaching Me Love
Rodeo Clowns - Jack Johnson
Wonderwall - Oasis
Tom Petty - Mary Jane's Last Dance
Roy Orbison - You Got It
CSNY - Wooden Ships
Ryan Adams - Winding Wheel
Neil Young - On the Way Home
Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
Grateful Dead - Brown Eyed Women
There are no upcoming dates at this time.