ROCK SPRINGS –Michael Charles makes his music and home at the crossroads of all things blues related, Chicago.
The veteran musician is coming to Johnny Macs on September 23rd. The Australian bluesman has traveled the world playing for audiences; this is his fourth appearance in Rock Springs.
Charles said he enjoys the laid-back nature of the people living in the western US and loves to experience the striking landscapes of Wyoming and surrounding states.
Local audiences have been receptive to Charles’ past performances. He said that many patrons at Johnny Macs request his song ‘My Shadow.’
Charles said that he tries to tailor his sets to the audience, drawing from his extensive catalog of over 30 releases.
Listening and watching his guitar work is mesmerizing; he plays original licks I’ve never heard; he definitely makes all his work his own…he has a style that can’t be explained”
– Jack Mulder concert and festival organizer Blues Buddies
Michael Charles musical pilgrimage started over five decades ago in his birthplace Melbourne, Australia.
While enjoying a successful musical crusade of touring, recording, and numerous television and radio appearances in his homeland, Michael received an invitation from Buddy Guy’s management to appear at the infamous Legends in Chicago, Illinois USA. Graciously accepting the honor, Michael Charles traveled the twelve thousand five hundred miles and took the stage with Mr. Buddy Guy.
After numerous trips back and forth, Michael Charles made the monumental and life-changing decision to make America his home. Charles worked the whole Chicago blues circuit performing with Mr. Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Junior Wells, George Baze, as well as touring with blues legend, Jimmy Dawkins.
Through the next twenty years, and now a eight times Grammy elected artist, Michael Charles enjoyed being featured in numerous television and radio broadcasts and several music magazines, along with gracing countless stages and pages including Chicago Blues Fest, Philadelphia Jazz and Blues Fest, Windy City Live Television, WGN TV, JBTV, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, and The College Music Journal.
In October of 2015, Michael Charles received the extreme honor of induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Michael has received endorsements from Vertex and LR Baggs and in Canada from Godin / Seagull Guitars. Michael Charles’ discography is comprised of thirty-four releases including a double CD thirty-year anthology released in 2014 and the live CD “Concert at the Nest”, released in the winter of 2015.
In 2016 Australian film producer started work on a documentary chronicling the musical career of Michael Charles. The DVD will be released in 2017.
At this time Michael Charles is traveling his tenth consecutive tour in 2017, the All I Really Know Tour, which will once again take him to the far corners of the USA, Canada, and Australia. The 2017 Tour promises a multitude of concerts and publicity appearances as MC performs a whole new list of cities, festivals, and nightspots and revisits some favorite venues from the last nine annual tours.