Charlie Loesel

Charlie Loesel

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Charle Loesel is a modern singer songwriter who won't go willingly into the country bin, the folk bin, the blues bin or any other for that matter. Loesel slips from genre to genre, using a blues inflected voice and deft guitar playing to link it all together.

Biography

Charlie Loesel is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music incorporates blues, folk and country styles. He began performing at age 29 in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. Previously he had programmed computers for Andersen Consulting in Chicago, taught physics with the Peace Corps in Africa and engineered orchestral recordings with Sony Classical in NYC.

Loesel credits Leo Kottke as the inspiration to leave engineering for music. He played solo for three years around Michigan, drawing on a repertoire of fingerstyle oldies. Wanting to travel, Loesel bought a Westfalia camper van that became his songwriting retreat.

Loesel moved to Austin, Charlottesville, and Fort Lauderdale to earn his living playing popular covers. A trip to Nashville to record some of his own songs ended the routine. Encouraged by the results, Loesel decided to move to Seattle and focus on songwriting.

In Seattle Loesel completed his transition to singer-songwriter. Writing more, his shows soon featured all originals. He assembled a studio band and recorded Westfalia. Loesel is currently touring locally and regionally to support Westfalia which was released in May 2010.

Lyrics

Jack Daniel's and Johnny Cash

Written By: Charlie Loesel

Well I praise the Lord my soul is saved
My sins are gone they’re washed away
I’ve changed my ways I’ve seen the light
But it’s more than Jesus that got me here tonight

I was just a boy dreaming of the stage
Didn’t know a lick and I lost my way
I couldn’t tell the right from the wrong and I didn’t see
That God’s two angels were watching over me

Jack Daniel's and Johnny Cash
They both spoke the truth like a preacher
Dressed in Sunday black
I’ll keep singing songs and drinking till I pay them back
Thank you Jack Daniel's
thank you Johnny Cash

Johnny on the jukebox Jack at the bar
They gave me all I need to pick and play guitar
I taught myself to sing to the sound of Johnny’s railroad beat
And I learned to drink with a man from Tennessee

Jack Daniel's and Johnny Cash
They both spoke the truth like a preacher
Dressed in Sunday black
I’ll keep singing songs and drinking till I pay them back
Thank you Jack Daniel's
thank you Johnny Cash

Won’t you cry me cry me just one more railroad beat
I’ll pick and play guitar while people tap their feet
I thank the Lord that Johnny walked the line
But I thank my lucky stars
Lincoln County isn’t dry

Jack Daniel's and Johnny Cash
They both spoke the truth like a preacher
Dressed in Sunday black
I’ll keep singing songs and drinking till I pay them back
Thank you Jack Daniel's
thank you Johnny Cash

Twenty Friends

Written By: Charlie Loesel

Me and my twenty friends are going out tonight Gonna have a good time gonna hear the noise see the sights Line them up load them in got a silver tray that I keep them in Make it through the night Close to my heart don’t know why Gonna keep them there till the day I die Me and my twenty friends are going out tonight

We might drink and smoke laugh too loud tell dirty jokes Watch the women all night long We don’t judge or lie just come to pass the time Join us if you like your friends and mine Me and my twenty friends we’re going out tonight Gonna have a good time God is great and good if He had time I’m sure He would Sit right down and pass a spell Gives us drink and food gave me friends to see me through You hear what I’m saying I’ll share what I got with you

Me and my twenty friends are going out tonight Gonna have a good time gonna hear the noise see the sights Line them up load them in got a silver tray but it looks like tin To make it through the night Close to my heart don’t know why Gonna keep them there till the day I die Me and my twenty friends we’re going out tonight Gonna have a good time Line them up load them in got a silver tray that I keep them in It’s gonna be alright

Cover My Tracks

Written By: Charlie Loesel

I’m high above it high above the ocean I’m looking down, down at the sea The waves below me are tumbling and crashing Crashing and turning trying to break free In the early morning when the sun is rising In the cool draw of the changing tide I walk alone, alone in the shining In the shine wishing you were by my side I hear you calling but I can’t turn back I hear you calling But I covered my tracks

Through foreign countries through the burning silence Over border lines and shifting sand Across the mountains in the fading twilight In a wild dream of a faltering command I hear you calling but I can’t turn back I hear you calling But I covered my tracks

Discography

Westfalia - debut CD Release
available through iTunes, Amazon and streaming on Pandora