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Meet: Charlie Marie, singer-songwriter and modern traditionalist from Burrillville, Rhode Island

I refer to Charlie Marie as a “modern traditionalist” because from the moment the words left her mouth, there was history. There was Patsy, and Willie and all those artists and sounds that clearly influenced her, but don’t define her.  Honestly, Dwight Yoakam came to mind as she started to perform. And not just because of the hat. It was because Charlie was putting a cool modern vibe on a traditional sound, much like Dwight Yoakam. According to Charlie, Patsy Cline lead her to country. Her grandmother would often play Patsy and Charlie would sing along. By ten years old, the fire had been lit. Charlie lived in Nashville for a while where she worked with other singer/songwriters and performed around town. Her time there served her well. Heartache, hopes and truths are soulfully and skillfully delivered. Charlie Marie’s sound is so refreshing. Her voice is silk perfection… cool to the touch, but worn and warmed in tradition.

Charlie Marie Music

On a recent visit to our Country 102-5 studios, Charlie Marie performed 2 original songs with her guitarist, Brian McKinnon.

Here’s “Daddy” from the debut digital album, Charlie Marie



Listen to “Rhinestones”


Here’s the official studio recording a “Daddy,” a song that has had a huge impact on Charlie Marie’s life

All About Charlie

  • Describes her sound as classic country with a modern twist
  • All-time favorite country song: “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. There’s something about the simplicity and Cline’s delivery of the song that gets me teary eyed every time
  • Favorite county concert: Kacey Musgraves at the Ryman in Nashville. Best concert I’ve ever seen. She is very inspiring
  • First country concert: Willie Nelson
  • Current favorites on Country 102-5: “She Aint In It” by Jon Pardi and “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton
  • If you weren’t a musician, what might you be doing: I’d probably be a professional dog walker
  • Most proud moment: When I first moved to Nashville, I met Rose Falcon Atkins. (songwriter, written for Faith Hill, Eric Paslay, Lady Antebellum and more. Wife of Rodney Atkins). We immediately hit if off. We set up a co-write and wrote “Daddy.” This song has made such an impact on who I am as an artist. Whenever I need to be grounded, it takes me home.
  • Crazy thing that happened in your career: I sing at the Galactic Theatre in Warren, RI every Thursday. One of the regulars wrote me a very beautiful, full- page poem. It was an awesome feeling making such a positive impact on someone.
  • Frivolous fun facts:

-I still wear my retainer

– Like Elvis, I love me some blue suede shoes

-When I see a cute baby, I have to wave and smile. (makes my day)

Catch Charlie

  • Thursday April 26- Knickerbocker Cafe, Westerly, RI 8:00pm
  • Monday April 30- Plough and the Stars, Cambridge, MA 10:00pm
  • Every Thursday at the Galactic Theatre in Warren, RI 9:00pm

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