by Brad Roberts
Charlie Clark has become such a good friend over the past few months that it's hard for me to remember exactly when or where I first met him. Or even to remember when I didn't know him. I believe it was when I was swamped at the end of last year trying to put together my January Feed Your Head show and asked Rebecca Balin to help me out and book the evening.
She brought in Charlie Clark (below) for my headliner and he performed a great set with an accompanist on guitar and harmonium that January night, after which we had a nice chat and I was struck by his passion and commitment to the local music scene. As a transplant from his native Scotland, he was surprisingly up on many of the primary musicians around the neighborhood, and his set had shown me just how serious he is about his own art. He also attracted a large local following that night which filled Lot 1.
He gave me the CD and LP of his album, Feel Something, that night and, of course, I was impressed. It's expertly produced and has a five song program that is varied and beautifully evocative. Moody and intelligent, highlighted by Charlie's sweet and accurate vocals, the title tune is especially dynamic. He enlisted the help of Brandi Emma to sing and thereby discovered a perfect counterpoint to his own voice. Their vocal coordination is perfectly attuned to each other and the effect is both solid and exhilarating.