Chuck Cheesman
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Chuck Cheesman

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States | INDIE

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States | INDIE
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Imagining Dancers"

"This new CD skillfully straddles the line between contemporary folk and classic Americana rock, while still managing to stand out as its own creation. The sound is smooth, yet it has a distinct gravely edge." & "There is something untouchable just under the surface of his music that Flagstaff listeners will flock to, and the message of hope and survival will resonate with many locals." - Rae Owen - Flagstaff Live

"children's music performance"

" honest-to-goodness Arizona kids and family musician." -


"I got your CD today, and already I have listened thru twice. Great, great stuff..."

- George Deckers - Boise Community Radio / Radio Blue Skies


"Cheesman immediately reminds me of one of my favorite folk musicians Gary Jules, who remade the creepy Tears for Fears song that played at the end of Donnie Darko. If you like Mr. Jules, you’ll love Mr. Cheesman."


""The Dutchman""

"Chuck Cheesman's version of The Dutchman is the best I've ever heard." - Ken Ralston - founder, Flagstaff Folk Festival

"CAMPFIRE CD review"

"Chuck Cheesman deserves greater recognition among young singer-songwriters and Campfire should achieve that goal." - Rich Warren

- Sing Out! Vol. 51 #1


Full length recordings:

Coming Home (2001) - all acoustic debut songwriter collection.

A Family Songbook (2003) - originals and covers for children.

Campfire (2006) - all original, acoustic recording with a Western Americana theme that received nationwide airplay on folk programs, community, and public radio.

Imagining Dancers (2011) - songs of enduring hope and love - nine originals from solo acoustic to full rock band featuring a cover of Michael Smith's classic "The Dutchman." Produced by Larry Clyman.

Dancing With No Shoes On (coming soon, 2011) all original children's music recording co-produced with Sam Zucchini.


First Friday Songwriters Sampler (2004) - songwriter compilation from the Old Town School of Folk Music songwriter community.

Wiggleworms Love You (2005) - compilation of Old Town School of Folk Music children's music instructors.


Grand Canyon: National Park, or Noise Park
(2011) - acoustic guitar music for this advocacy film by Jim McCarthy.



When seventh grader Chuck Cheesman got his hands on a cheap guitar, he began posing in front of mirrors in earnest. He was the kind of kid who needed a friend to explain that This is Spinal Tap was satire. Out of tune and having absolutely no sense of time, he had great hair.

Fast forward a quarter of a century: The hair is gone. Rock star decadence has failed to materialize. But an obsession with music has survived.

Chuck Cheesman’s latest recording, Imagining Dancers (2011), offers few hints at his “Tap-ish” beginnings. It is a showcase of earthy songwriting, a deep exploration of the parallel themes of enduring love and hope in the face of modern pressures. It’s a record that runs from tender, acoustic folk music to raw americana rock.

That teenage obsession eventually led Chuck to a bachelors degree in music, but it wasn’t until his mid-twenties and his discovery of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music that he found his musical path. With monthly songwriter circles, Tuesday night jam sessions at Big John's on Armitage, and the occasional gig at Uncommon Ground Coffee House, Chicago’s folk music community was Chuck’s home for more than a decade.

Out of those years grew a debut collection of original songs called Coming Home (2001) and also a children‘s music album, A Family Songbook (2003). Leaving the city behind, Chuck and his wife made their way west to the mountains. Reflecting that move, Campfire (2006) is a collection of songs steeped in the western landscape.

Imagining Dancers represents a return to more personal thematic material. A February CD release will be followed by shows on the West Coast and back home in the Midwest. Summer will see brief visits to California and Colorado, and there is another West Coast trip in the works for the fall of 2011.

A break in April brings drummer/producer Sam Zucchini to Flagstaff to collaborate on a new, all original recording for children.