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Rewind Review by The Aquarian Weekly

The Charlie Wheeler Band’s self-released Rewind is a change-up for the Pennsylvania jam band. Gone is the standard blues-rock format in exchange for a more free-flowing fountain of rock ‘n’ roll ideas akin to, say, Gov’t Mule or The Black Crowes. Production is at a minimum and the focus is on composition, vocals and the unerring interaction between singer/songwriter Wheeler, bassist Dave Fink and drummer Rad Akers. Hey, I’m starting to find some good rock ‘n’ roll again after almost giving up!

Review by Mike Greenblatt

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Rewind Review by Rudolfs Music

“What an outstanding blues-rock album this is! The tone is being set from the first note. The band work themselves into a sweat from that first note. Charlie Wheeler is ultimately convincing, both as a guitar player and as a singer.

Then add the fixed driving force of the rhythm-section (Dave Fink on bass and Rad Akers behind drums) and the sum of its parts is “Rewind”. The groove on the album reminds you of a combination of The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers with a pinch of Pearl Jam. Nevertheless the band succeeds in presenting a unique sound. The lyrics show substance and depth; each song tells a story. “Making love in the afternoon” is a perfect example of a song to which many people can relate. In my opinion this third album of Charlie Wheeler [Band] truly deserves to be heard. Choice songs on this cast-iron album are “Rewind” and “Lady Luck”.”

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Rewind Review by BluesRockReview.com

“The Charlie Wheeler [Band] exudes a toughness and desperation that can only be cultivated in the working class, unforgiving hills of of northern, PA, from which they hail. On their latest CD Rewind, they sport a driving brand of groove-rock that is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of post grunge hard rock. Powered by the rhythm section of Rad Akers on drums and Dave Fink on bass, Charlie Wheeler describes his trio as a “song first” type of band. While expansive, improvisational jamming is a key component to their live show, Rewind (their third album) is a solid group of structured songs which allow Wheeler to tear into his vocal and lead guitar work with reckless, pent up hostility.

Rewind, uses a much more basic approach than Charlie’s previous CDs. Relying solely on bass, guitar, drums and vocals, Wheeler, along with producer and engineer Anthony Brown opted to make an album with “more mud on your boots and grit on your hands,” as Wheeler states. Wheeler’s guitar work is aggressive and in the pocket and always serves the song. He has a great mix of chops and soul, but it’s his voice that will get most people’s attention. There is attitude in his delivery that you just don’t hear that much in this genre. It’s conversational but the conversation always has a hint of “go f**k yourself”. Imagine Joe Strummer or Mike Ness singing the blues and you’re getting close.

While Charlie is a great guitarist and vocalist what really makes Rewind work is the song-writing. Strip away the crushing rhythm section, smoking guitar work, snarling vocals and we are left with a set of very beautiful and touching songs. From the tough, woman done me wrong of the opening track “Love Letter” to the sardonic humor of “Semi Good Lookin’,” Charlie introduces us to a cast of very memorable characters. “Makin Love in the Afternoon” tells the story of a couple who’s Facebook relationship status would mostly likely read “It’s Complicated.” He muses about mortality and human frailty in “The Ghost of Who You Were”, and while his lyrics may put a lump in your throat, the music always says, “get up off your ass and deal with it!” There is no shortage of muscle on this album. Wheeler’s guitar work and the band’s incessant grooving perfectly compliment the solid song-writing. Rewind will have you rocking hard and driving way too fast while you contemplate, life, love and loss.”

The Review: 8.5/11

Can’t Miss Tracks
Rewind
The Ghost Of Who You Were
Lady Luck
I Like To Wander
Love Letter

The Big Hit: Love Letter

Review by Lou Lombardi

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Rewind Review by Blues Matters Magazine

There are so many sound-alike young-generation type acts nowadays that it is very difficult to find a band that has the honesty and determination to put a new slant on things. Maybe these three have done just that with their take on blues-rock, with added rhythm and attacking vocals by Char1ie Wheeler, an awesome bass guitarist Dave Fink, and solid drummer Rad Akers. On this their third and best release, their first two releases were as a five piece outfit, but they are confident as a trio, bold and brash as the opening bars of bass infused Love Letter proves a taste of things to come. Produced and engineered by Anthony Brown, this is high-octane stuff. Title track is a particular pleaser, laid back infectious lyrics with downtown Southern style beat. Lead vocals are solid aggressive and on the Ghost Of Who You Were sardonic and sneering about growing old and reflecting on life generally very poignant, with snarling guitar work Makin Love In The Afternoon takes a funky groove on with notes of a difficult relationship this has a lazy guitar riff and soft vocals. I Like To Wander is a bit pedestrian compared to the driving guitar solo on Rivers Gonna Rise and swaggering vocals by a confident songwriter who wrote all twelve songs. The final track So Glad To Be Here is steady rolling consistent with flow of release definitely fills a niche in solid rock music.

Review by Colin Campbell

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