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Australian Blues Artist, Michael Charles, to play at Chico Hot Springs, Nov. 29th

Australian Blues Artist, Michael Charles, to play at Chico Hot Springs, Nov. 29th


On Sunday Nov. 29th 2015 eight times Grammy elected and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Australian blues artist Michael Charles will claim the stage at Chico Hot Springs Resort and embrace you with an elevated level of energy and a guitar driven journey through thirty one years and thirty two releases of his original music.

Leading off with an explosive blues number, the audience is soon captivated by well-rehearsed precision experiencing MC’s original blues, blues based rock, inspiring ballads, as well as some well-known covers. As in all of Michael Charles’ performances and recordings his guitar is kept forefront.

In 2014 Michael Charles celebrated his 30 year anniversary of his personal recording career, but his musical pilgrimage started over five decades ago, in his birth place, Melbourne, Australia. While enjoying a successful musical crusade of touring, recording, and numerous television and radio appearances in his homeland, Michael received an invitation from Buddy Guy’s management to appear at the infamous Legends in Chicago, Illinois USA. Graciously accepting the honor, Michael Charles traveled the twelve thousand five hundred miles and took the stage with Mr. Buddy Guy. After numerous trips back and forth, Michael Charles made the monumental and life changing decision to make America his home. Charles worked the whole Chicago blues circuit performing with Mr. Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Junior Wells, George Baze, as well as touring with blues legend, Jimmy Dawkins.

Through the next twenty some years Michael Charles enjoyed being featured in numerous television and radio broadcasts and several music magazines, along with gracing countless stages and pages including Chicago Blues Fest, Philadelphia Jazz and Blues Fest, Windy City Live Television, WGN TV, JBTV, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, and The College Music Journal. In October 2015 Michael Charles will receive the elite recognition of an induction into the Blues Hall of Fame!

Presently Michael Charles travels his eighth consecutive tour, the 2015 RIFF Tour, which will take him to the far

corners of the USA , Canada, and Australia. The 2015 RIFF Tour promises a multitude of concerts and publicity appearances as MC performs a whole new list of cities, festivals, and nightspots and revisits some favorite venues from the last seven annual tours.

CD Review:
“Michael Charles is just like a bottle of fine wine since he just gets better with time.

“I’m Nobody’s Fool is a venerable blues clinic, full of big sounds and wailing guitars. The grooves are better on this record, and so is the overall vibe. There isn’t any filler, just solid guitar riffs and some smooth backing music to go along with it. The guitars are so special on I’m Nobody’s Fool; they are sweet, subtle, massive, churning, and every other adjective in-between. Not to mention that Fool is a sexy record; the vocals, the guitars, the drumming, everything. This record has a definite swagger to it that few may be able to match.

“Take the title track for example. This song leads the early charge of the record with talented soloing and a singable hook. Charles is good at crafting first-rate blues tunes, but also delves into some jazz and jam work as well, with tracks Rag, Addition and Jumbo. The instrumentations are silky smooth and thoroughly enjoyable, and offer a good break from the traditional blues rock on this album. Gave It All Away is one of the better tracks because of how musically flowing the song is, and it might just have the best chorus on the record.

“Above all else, it’s the guitars that are really at the forefront on I’m Nobody’s Fool. Don’t get me wrong, the vocals and the drums s hould not be overshadowed. He is so good at writing full songs that employ the use of vocals, but he is equally as good writing straight acoustic tracks.
“You will get into I’m Nobody’s Fool, that is a given. Charles is sincere and real, and it is clearly evident that his guitar riffs and his words come from his heart, and aren’t pre-processed or over-produced in any way. Charles is real and so is his music. It’s that simple”. – CD Review by Brian Campbell of Chicago At Home



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