New album 'Dog' coming September 8th!

My plans for this record changed nearly weekly in the months leading up to the actual recording session, and the recording session had been scheduled and cancelled three times. Over the past couple years I’ve been dealing and continue to deal with clinical depression, and the songs on Dog all seem to reflect a little of my state of mind about that. I initially thought to do a solo record, all alone, since these songs felt very personal, but then I thought I should bring a lot of people in and make it a large ensemble record and try and lift that heavy mood, and I thought “why not do both?”, I could do two records, one version alone and one version with a whole mob of folks. Then I crashed into another bottom and I cancelled everything, called everyone I’d invited and told them it was all off. I decided to just try and forget about it for awhile, maybe now wasn’t the time anyway. The realization came over me that I actually needed to record these songs though, if only just to get them to move along and stop harassing me. One more time I called the infinitely patient and kind Tom Herbers and scheduled time at Creation Audio in Minneapolis, then on very short notice asked Mikkel Beckmen, Dave Hundrieser, Liz Draper and Jeff Mitchell to come over and listen to the songs and see where we could go. We sat in a big circle and played the songs mostly for the first time, even for me the songs readjusted themselves to my friends’ personalities and we managed to let them go. And I’m grateful, and I’m still working it all out, and I’m glad to be doing so.

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Stream title track

"I have a dog, her name is Ruby but I call her Ruben, and we go for these long, crazy, chaotic walks," said Charlie of the track's inspiration. "Because I decided a long time ago that I get along really well with this dog, and I was taking her for walks, and she wanted to go this way, and I wanted to go that way. And then I thought, why are we going to go this way and not that way? Maybe I should be the one getting walked. Maybe I'll learn something. So I follow the dog." Listen to the title track HERE.

Featured Download: King Earl

Charlie, Mikkel, and Christian share new reflections on recording the album - plus listen to a radio session from 2004 and download a free live recording from the King Earl tour recorded at The Green Lantern Coffeehouse. Check it out HERE.

White Wall Session

Watch live in-studio performances of "HoBo," "I Ain't Dead Yet" and more on season four of The White Wall Sessions.

Older News

  • January Thaw Series

    Vols. 1 & 2 of The January Thaw Series (Live at the Turf Club) are now available for download on Bandcamp!

  • "Midwestern for Life"

    Check out Charlie's recently published article "Midwestern for Life" which appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of No Depression.

  • Spotify

    Stream the latest releases Stumpjumper, I Ain't Dead Yet, and more on Charlie's Spotify page .

  • Contemplify

    Charlie shares a reflection on Harlan and Anna Hubbard in this episode of the Contemplify podcast (also available on iTunes).

  • Tony's Acoustic Challenge

    Charlie discusses songwriting, guitars, life on the road and more with Tony Polecastro on Tony's Acoustic Challenge.

  • New 5-song EP

    I Ain't Dead Yet is now available from Red House Records in limited edition vinyl and digital download formats.

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