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||Momentary Bliss||Charlie Degenhart||3:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Called||Charlie Degenhart||4:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Two Fools||Charlie Degenhart||3:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Val Wrenne||Charlie Degenhart||4:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Our Crooked Roads||Charlie Degenhart||3:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
holy wingding, batman...another great one from Charlie!
Okay, so this is a rather left-field idea, but I think WingDing records - headed up by guitar genius George Marinelli and comprised of a who's-who of the hardest-workin' self-made artists in Nashville - needs to offer a subscription service of some sort. That way, every time they release a new album or EP you get it delivered straight to your door without even having to ask or order. It could either be a "bill-as-you-go" thing, OR - and I do think this would be worth it - just a flat $25 a year or something. I mean, Charlie, Doug Hoekstra, George...these guys are worth supporting even during years when they don't release anything! Anyway, I suppose that's neither here nor there, and a rather odd thing to go on about in a review, but see, I truly admire these dudes, especially Charlie. Now, to be fair, I'm a Nashvillian, and he's not just a home-town boy ('cause he's really a Yankee) but also a friend. I've watched him workin' his tail off around town, playin' in crowded or not-so-crowded bars, doing writer's nights, hardly breakin'-even...keepin' it real. The skinny is, he's a brilliant songwriter with a voice (vocal and lyrical) all his own, and he's just an all around great dude. He plays a mean guitar and can write a hook like nobody's business. Download this EP. Just do it. You won't know what hit you. "Was that the Beatles-Stones-Dylan-Young express train that just flattened me?" Nope, just ol' Charlie, playin' it like it feels it, like they used to back before things went and got all stupid.
First Team All-American Jock Rocker
Most people who know Charlie personally are familiar with his love of sport. We are not talking about Mick Jagger watching Cricket matches here. The man has scary range at short, hits with sneaky power on the whiffle ball diamond and trash talks with the eloquence of Philly's Street ball finest. Which is why it was no surprise to read Charmkin Press named Charlie Degenhart to its 2008 All-American Jock Rocker team. But you gotta rock, can't just jock. The C-man brings it with a swagger not seen since Andy Oldham taught Michael Phillip the rules and Keef played along wisely. You can tie your scarf and tighten your French cuffs to "Momentary Bliss" but you better put your boots on for "Called"; it's a butt kicker. Then he leads you by the hand into a parlour room and renders you pitifully at the mercy of "Two Fools" with it's Elizabethan lyric and sweet lullaby. But the party is just beginning my friend; "Val Wrenne" says hello and whisks you away on an adventure of intrigue worthy of its "e ticket" lyrical theme. You mind melts as the story unfolds and musical tension builds...it releases...and twists. Then, our dear friend Charlie announces our descent back down to the familiar, and we sigh....""Crooked Roads" will come together, further on down the road"...he pilots the yoke gently, touches down....and we ponder: "How long were we gone? 15 Seconds? Minutes? Years? Most emphatically, 5 stars.
-your brother Brendan's step son