Meet Charlie Marie from Burrillville, RI
Push play and the saloon door to a Nashville honkytonk opens. Charlie Marie’s voice can take you there. Hear the heartache in her vibrato, feel the strength of her conviction, and grin at the sarcastic grit in every tale this modern traditionalist tells through her music. There are moments when you swear you have time traveled, then realize this music is actually stylishly edgy. Much like her “dream duet partner,” Dwight Yoakam, Charlie oozes cool with every honky-tonk note. (Side note: If someone could get these songs to Dwight, this would be a musical match up made in heaven.)
In a sea of more pop influenced country today, Charlie Marie is an island. Her commitment to keeping classic country vibes alive and contemporary is unwavering, and frankly commendable. She may be alone on that island, but she knows who she is and want she wants. This Rhode Island singer/songwriter isn’t giving in to trends or pressure from the industry. She’s been writing and singing her songs, her way, since she was a teenager.
Put aside all that genre and era talk aside and it comes down to the songs and the voice, and this girl is dazzling, like a rhinestone belt buckle. With each new release Charlie Marie’s music gets better. Her experiences traveling, living, and writing have made her better, stronger and more likeable with every note. And there are plenty of likeable notes in her brand new album, Ramble On. And believe me, I could… ramble on. But I’d rather you listen to this uniquely talented artist.
An artist that seems happy on her island.
A Charlie Listening Party
“40 Miles From Memphis”- a bluesy gem, from Ramble On, about a girl, a guy, and a dream… oh, and some blue suede boots.
“Heard It Through The Red Wine” – A little humor, a big bottle of red , and plenty of heartache in this sweet piece of torch and twang
Charlie Marie and More
- Grew up in: Burrillville, RI
- Now lives in: Burrillville, RI
- Current album: Ramble On
- What lead you to music: My childhood vocal coach John Cottone and my grandmother were the first people who encouraged me to pursue music. It was their support that helped me nurture my dream and build a foundation.
- How old when you started: I started taking vocal lessons when I was around ten years old.
- First country song you learned: The first country song I learned how to sing was “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.
- Instruments played: Acoustic guitar
- How would you describe your sound: Classic country with a modern twist
- Who inspires you: People who choose kindness over anger, love over hate. I used to be inspired by fame and fortune now I am inspired by wisdom and everyday folks.
- Dream duet partner: Dwight Yoakam
- All- time favorite country song: Today it’s “A Horse Called Music” by Willie Nelson. Tomorrow it may be another, since there are so many to choose from.
- First country concert: Willie Nelson
- What songs do you like now on Country 1025: “Settling Down” by Miranda Lambert and “Hell of a View” by Eric Church are my favorites being played right now.
- If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: A Park Ranger at Zion National Park
- Day Job: Waitress
- Most proud moment: The release of Ramble On has been a dream come true for me. I am lucky to have true friends that have helped me along the way. It takes a team to release a record and I am forever grateful for those who have helped me on the journey. Also, I am blown away by the support of my listeners! When things seem overwhelming the positivity that comes from my fans make it all worth it.
- Crazy thing that happened in your music career: The craziest thing that has happened in my music career was when I was on Star Search. I believe I was twelve years old at the time and did not meet the judge’s expectations. I felt like giving up at the end of the experience, but instead decide to brush it off and keep on chasing music.
- Other things you like to do: Hike, meditate, yoga
- Fun facts: My horoscope is Cancer, I am a size 7 ½-8 shoe, I love black raspberry ice cream with chocolate sprinkles
- Mantra: If one man can, so can I
On The Road Again
- 5/19: Stone Church (Newmarket, NH) Music starts at 7pm Tickets $10
- 5/28: Askew (Providence, RI) Music starts at 7pm Tickets $10
- Working on adding more to the list -Visit charliemariemusic.com for updates
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