Eli Charleston
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Eli Charleston

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"Eli Charleston's Ragged Time is a collection of 13 effervescent borrowed and original arrangements that showcase his fast-paced, five-finger picking style. Central PA has a wealth of homegrown talent that is on display somewhere almost every night of the week, but very few people can do what he does and really nail it" - The Patriot News

Eli does the old time ragtime on the guitar better than anyone I have ever seen. ...Mike Ginsburg, Mystic Hot Springs, Monroe, Utah - You Tube


Eli Charleston's Ragged Time



Eli Charleston is a 1920's-style ragtime-blues guitarist from Chicago. In 2001, as a test of ever-changing American culture and homage to his predecessors, he began playing his brand of ragtime on the street corners of America. After years of wandering and picking, he honed his skills and scraped together enough money to produce his first album, "Ragged Time". After the release, he spent two years touring and gathering ideas for the upcoming release of the long awaited solo project, "Street Corner Rags". Eli prides himself in antiquity. Even at the ripe old age of twenty-five, he allows us all to remember a time when the world was worse than the present. However, even in post-depression America we seemed to try to sing a happy song and therein lay the beauty of this bittersweet music. Now, with the eminent release of "Street Corner Rags", Eli is preparing for a new tour in the not so distant future.