Writer of the Week: Charlie Mars

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  Mississippi native Charlie Mars recently wrapped up his ‘Texas trilogy” album series with The Money, a smoky, low-key country/folk record that takes a serious look back at his boyhood years.  We chatted with Mars about lifeguards, levees and Esquire‘s Songwriting Challenge, the creative competition that he came up with several years ago. How would you describe […]

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Charlie Mars: The Money

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Charlie Mars The Money (Rockingham/Thirty Tigers) 3 out of 5 stars “There’s something trancelike about sitting your songs on top of a groove … it’s allowed me to sink a little deeper into the material,” says Charlie Mars in the notes that accompany the third in what he calls his Texas trilogy. He’s backed by […]

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The Muse: Charlie Mars, “Let The Meter Run”

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"Let The Meter Run" by Charlie Mars A mix of acoustic funk and blue-eyed soul, “Let The Meter Run” finds Charlie Mars singing about love and lust over a rhythmic guitar groove. “Maybe we can make up with that voice in your head,” he tells his girlfriend. “Take it out for a drink … maybe […]

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Free Download: The Muse September Sampler

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In conjunction with our September/October issue, American Songwriter proudly presents The Muse September Sampler, featuring 12 must-hear tracks from some of our favorite artists. And the best thing about it? It’s free! You can download the sampler by going to this url: http://americansongwriter.bandcamp.com/ Turbo Fruits, “Sweet Thang” “Sugar, why are you leaving?” So begins “Sweet […]

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Video Premiere: Charlie Mars, “Let The Meter Run”

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We’re excited to premiere the video for “Let The Meter Run,” a warm and sweetly folky track off Mississippi singer-songwriter Charlie Mars’ acclaimed new album, Blackberry Light. “In an increasingly global and complex world, sometimes its easy to overlook the simple things,” Mars tells American Songwriter. “When I was a kid, I loved videos with […]

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Charlie Mars: Blackberry Light

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Charlie Mars Blackberry Light (Rockingham) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Singer/songwriter Mars continues to mine the sonic breakthrough he started with 2010’s Like a Bird, Like a Plane on this low key yet potent follow-up. Producer/guitarist Billy Harvey returns from the previous release as does most of that disc’s backing band, but Mars smartly […]

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15 Artists You Need To See At SoundLand

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Nashville’s upcoming SoundLand music fest (9/21-9/24) will feature a ton of artists, many of whom we’ve covered extensively. The reason? They’re awesome and we love them. For example, Justin Townes Earle, the subject of our split cover with his famous dad, Steve, will be there. So will M. Ward, Dawes, and Jonny Corndawg (on the […]

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CHARLIE MARS > Like A Bird, Like A Plane

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For his fifth album, Mars was less interested in traditional rock structures, and more interested in the holy groove; many parts were captured in one take.

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Songwriter of the Week | Charlie Mars > December 1, 2008

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Songwriter of the Week | Charlie Mars > December 1, 2008

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