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Art & Life with Charlie J Memphis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charlie J Memphis.

Charlie J, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Charlie J. Memphis started playing guitar at age 11 and honed his craft on stage with gigs at legendary venues like Lincoln Hall, Double Door, and Subterranean. A Texan by way of Illinois, Memphis plays “swamp rock”–a can’t-miss mix of rockabilly and soulful blues that calls to mind the likes of Jack White, The Black Keys and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fresh off his first single, “Move Along.” Memphis recently released his debut EP–a five-track record entitled “Bloody is the Water” that showcases Memphis’ broad range of talent and soulful sound. It’s a sound few have heard the likes of before–but one that may soon be familiar across DFW.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My songwriting draws from darker subjects in life with superstitions or faith or love not found. The sound is a swamp rock feel with toe-tappin’ and foot-stomping rhythms. I really draw from music from the 50’s through the 70’s as an influence. Other artists that I look up to or I would have loved to see during their golden years are….. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Tony Joe White, Bob Dylan, The Animals… the list goes on and on. I love to study the lyrics and music. I’m drawn to the old and feel like there is something to learn creatively in the sound of the past. I know I’m still learning, searching and finding more about me in music. I think people will hear the struggle that I’ve seen in my life, whether it is love, friendship, or the fight to find my faith. I know my sound is new, but I know anyone listening to me will hear something familiar in my style and come to love it.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think today it’s easier to get your music out and just hit a stage anywhere. The general public can post to social media, YouTube, or go to an audition with a TV show. Also, there are open mics all over. With that said, to be a professional and be taken seriously, you have to work hard to be noticed, keep at your craft, and be dedicated to your music 24/7. It’s hard. I think it was hard back in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s….with only a few ways to get your music out there and radio was the driving force of exposure. War, drugs, equal rights all where very powerful subjects for songwriters. I wish I could write at a time of such change.

The number of artists out in the industry now is overwhelming. I think there is so much going on in the world and I find it hard to draw from anything out in the world like war and politics. I find my best inspiration is more from relationships, local experiences, and intimate feelings of turmoil.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Fri, Nov. 2 – The Statler, Dallas; opening for Bryce Bangs
Sat. Nov 3 – The Ginger Man Pub, Dallas.
Fri. Nov 9 – Adair’s Saloon
Nov 19 – 23, Chicago, Illinois tour dates TBD.
Fri. Nov 30 – Adair’s Saloon
Sat. Dec 1 – Four Bullets Brewery, Richardson.
Sat. Dec 8 – Adair’s Saloon

Check out my website at www.charliejmemphis.com.

My music is available on Spotify, iTunes.

Buy Merch and my new EP “Bloody is the Water” on my website under the MERCH section. All money goes back to me so I can keep doing what I’m doing and making more music that I know you will love. Thank you!

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Image Credit:
Black/White and adjusting bolo image – Cal Quinn and Aly Fae
Multiple effect image – Andrew Sherman
CD Cover – Rose Reyes

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