Introducing the Charlie Wheeler Band’s 4th Album Release
Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink
The new Charlie Wheeler Band album “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink,” due out October 7, 2016, will excite fans as a reaffirmation of the band’s signature hard-driving, blue-collar soul style. The CD exemplifies the gritty, rockin’ blues music that the band has come to be known for. Recorded at Graphite Sound in Warren, PA, “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink” has already garnered critics’ praise. Calling the album “a real, no-nonsense winner,” Norman Darwen of Flyingshoes Review gives the album high marks.
With three other albums under their belt, including Highway Run (2008), Line Em Up (2011), and, most recently, Rewind (2015), this album truly cements the band’s rippin’ blues guitar rock status. Fueled by Wheeler’s strong song writing, scorching guitar, and soulful singing, the CD also highlights Rad Akers’ monster drum fills and Dave Fink’s tasty bass lines, making for an aggressive expression of what the band calls “grow’d man music.” The songs are directional, muscular, and single-minded of purpose. The album is akin to a contact sport, like a hockey player just hip checked you into the boards…. You’ll get up and be fine, but it’ll definitely leave a mark.
The songs on “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink” reflect the high energy experience that is the Charlie Wheeler Band. Of the song “People Keep On Talkin’,” Charlie divulges it was inspired by his New Year’s resolution to not hear a damn word of what gossips say! “Shiver” is a mood song; with palatable intensity, “Shiver” describes the desperation that an addict goes through during cold turkey withdrawals, the similarities to insomnia, and feeling of being truly out of control. As Charlie’s favorite on the album, Shiver is heavy and real. “Choir of 1000 Angels” talks about the stages of faith and how funny life can turn out, dark at one moment and light the next. Recounting the temporary nature of life, “Flicker Away” talks about how we strive to do big things and the natural human fading. Having been picked-up already by syndicated radio, “Never Can Tell” lightens the sometimes hard and heavy mood of the album with a jammy, light hearted song about travels through America and how, through good times and bad, we are all connected to one another and to the planet, on a cellular level. Rounding-out the album, “Butterfly, a song of love and healing, recounts the tale of Charlie’s 12 year old friend with cancer which is, gratefully, now in remission.
Engineered by Anthony Brown and produced by Charlie Wheeler and Anthony Brown, “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink” stands out in the band’s discography for its diversity of songs, from ballads to slow blues to grunge to blues rock, without compromising our artistic integrity.
“[The album] feels aggressive. We have an expression in our band that “we play grow’d man music.” The songs are tangential, muscular, and single-minded of purpose. It’s almost like a contact sport, like a hockey player just hip checked you into the boards…. You’ll get up and be fine, but it’ll definitely leave a mark.”
– Charlie Wheeler
CHARLIE WHEELER BAND – “Blues Karma And The Kitchen Sink”.
“Quite a powerful rocking offering from The Charlie Wheeler Band that as a trio lack nothing. Their intensity and grittiness are engaging as much as they are relentless in their distinctive sound. Wheeler has a voice perfectly suited to the sound and feel the band strives for and as musicians they are fearless in that pursuit. All in all l was not sure what to expect with this album as The Charlie Wheeler Band are new to us, wow what a revelation they are when it comes to Rock/Blues. They outfit certainly embody just that. Might not appeal to the Blues aficionado but if you like your Southern Blues all wrapped up in rock then this is the outfit and the album for you. If you do desire this style then everything about this album is stunning. Congratulations guys, your playing is wonderful, Charlie you have a great voice and man you can write a song my man, you certainly can write a great song!!!!”
Peter Merrett, Melbourne Australia
CHARLIE WHEELER BAND – “Blues Karma And The Kitchen Sink”.
“Charlie has obviously listened to a lot of Hendrix. You can hear it strongly in the lurching guitar work, tempo, and melody of ‘Choir Of 1000 Angels’ and the riff and general approach and feel of ‘Flicker Away’, the soul tinged rock of ‘Love You The Same’ and the guitar work of the closing ‘Butterfly’..That’s certainly no bad thing in my book, and Charlie certainly does not overdo it. Indeed, when it is coupled with other tracks such as the spacious and memorable ‘Shiver’ and the straight ahead Americana tinged rock of ‘One Of These Days’, the resulting album is a real, no-nonsense winner. This blues-rocking trio is out of northern Pennsylvania and Charlie writes some good songs – try the coolly rocking ‘Never Can Tell’ or the indie-flavoured funk of ‘Love Gets In The Way’ – making this CD well worth the effort involved in tracking it down.”
Norman Darwen, flyinshoes.ning.com
Charlie Wheeler Trio – Semi Good Lookin’ LIVE at Jordan’s in Ridgway, 5-23-15
Charlie Wheeler Trio – River’s Gonna’ Rise LIVE 2-27-15
Charlie Wheeler Trio – Big City Blues LIVE at Winter Blues & Brews
Charlie Wheeler Trio – Gimme Shelter Cover – Live At Jordan’s 1-16-15
Northern PA’s rock trio, the Charlie Wheeler Band, delivers rippin’ guitar jams that make their bad-ass live shows a high energy experience where fans party hard all night long. TThe band’s hard-driving, blue-collar soul music is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of Pearl Jam. With lyrics that can at times be light, heavy, deep, and even funny, the band’s songs tell stories of life, love, and living life on the edge.
Hailing from a small town called Ridgway, PA, the Charlie Wheeler Band exudes a toughness that can only be cultivated in the working class environs from which they’ve emerged. Powered by the rhythm section of Rad Akers on Drums (Big Leg Emma) and Dave Fink on Bass (That Dog In Egypt), Charlie Wheeler describes the band as a “song first” type of band. Fans and critics alike appreciate the band’s balance of sharp songwriting, engaging vocals and skilled musicianship. With songwriting that is entertaining, even a little irreverent at times, the Charlie Wheeler Band never disappoints with a powerhouse show and sick guitar jams.
While expansive, improvisational jamming is a key component to their live show, their third album Rewind is a solid group of structured songs which allow Wheeler to tear into his vocal and lead guitar work with reckless, pent up hostility. Raves Lou Lombardi of Blue Rock Review, “While Charlie is a great guitarist and vocalist, what really makes Rewind work is the songwriting. Strip away the crushing rhythm section, smoking guitar work, snarling vocals, and we are left with a set of very beautiful and touching songs.” Michael Greenblatt of the Aquarian Weekly said of the album that he was excited to “find some good rock ‘n’ roll again after almost giving up!” The summer of 2016 promises a new release and touring up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest.