Charlie Wheeler Band

Charlie Wheeler Band

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The Charlie Wheeler Band is a high energy, powerful, all original blues-rock band. The band leans heavily on the vocals and stage presence of Greek Cheronis and the smooth and tasty guitar soloing of founder Charlie Wheeler. Great songs, tight arrangements and rockin the crowd-thats what we do!

Biography

Fate works in strange ways. Sometimes, when the stars line up just right, and luck is in one's favor, amazing things can happen. This might be the best way to desribe the conception of the Charlie Wheeler Band. When guitarist and songwriter Charlie Wheeler decided it was time to "make a proper recording," he enlisted the help of Anthony Brown, the very talented keyboardist, engineer and producer at AllSound Studios in Warren, PA.

"Anthony helped me assemble the right mix of players to get this project going." says Wheeler. Brown's first call was to long time collaborator and good friend Greek Cheronis (vocal/harmonicas). It took Brown about two minutes to convince Cheronis to join the project. Cheronis arrived at AllSound Studios about 15 minutes later, unannounced and all fired up! Thus began the Charlie Wheeler Band.

A combination of the hottest and most talented musicians between Jamestown (NY), Warren (PA) and Ridgway (PA), the Charlie Wheeler Band was created in 2007. Originally assembled as a studio band, the group became energized as the recording of their 2nd CD "Highway Run" progressed. With the addition of Chuck Jaques on Bass and Darren Payne on Drums, all of the pieces just seemed to fit together. Collectively, the decision was made; a high energy, powerful, live show must be shared.

"What happened to the guitar solo, the piano solo, the instrumentation?" Wheeler asks, directing the question at today's popular music. "Where did it go? Isn't playing your instrument to your fullest potential one of the bedrock priciples that rock n' roll was founded upon?" Wheeler writes songs in a variety of styles, ranging from riff based blues-rock to roadhouse-rockabilly to monster power ballads. He generally leaves ample room in his arrangements for the individual band members to express themselves instrumentally. During live performance, CWB is never shy about expansive improvisation.

Maybe it took 20 years in the music business for things to fall into place. Maybe it was simply where life took this group of talented players. Maybe the stars lined up just right. Maybe it was fate working its strange ways.

Lyrics

Highway Run

Written By: Charlie Wheeler

Road sign twistin by the side of the road
Freight train carryin a heavy load
Made up my mind 'bout an hour ago
Lord have mercy I don't wanna be here no more
Lord have mercy I don't wanna be here no more

Papa said son, better pack up and go
I said Daddy you just don't know
The storm's gonna howl and the wind's gonna blow
That damn storm's gonna take everything I own
That damn storm's gonna take everything I own

Katrina, I shoulda made that Highway Run!!
You shoulda seen her
Made this whole damn thing just disappear
Right into thin air
Shoulda made that Highway Run

V1 Repeat

Katrina, I shoulda made that Highway Run
You shoulda seen her
Made this whole damn thing just disappear
Right into thin air
I shoulda made that Highway Run
Katrina, shoulda made that Highway Run
With so much left undone
Westward towards the sun
You shoulda seen her
Made this whole damn thing just disappear
Right into thin air
I shoulda made that Righway Run
Road sign twistin by the side of the road

Discography

Highway Run - 2008
Included on Relix Magazine July 2008 CD Sampler

Set List

Typical Set is 1Hour 15 Mins.
I Got to Ramble
New York City Nights
My Mama Cried
No Ones Gonna Save You
Protect You
Take Your Love From Me
In a Daydream
When the Lord Comes to Get You
Try a Whisper
Highway Run
Typical covers interspersed are You Shook Me (Led Zep), Don't Do It (The Band), The Thrill is Gone (BB King), Jumpin Jack Flash (The Stones) Maybe some old blues by Freddy King, We try to mix up our cover tunes and not get too repetitive with them, they're all blues-rock based.