Acclaimed singer/songwriter Charlie Mars is excited to announce that the new video for his single “Let The Meter Run” has been added to CMT’s on-air rotation, along with being added to CMT.com and CMT Mobile. Watch the video HERE. He is currently doing headlining dates across the country and will soon be opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band as well as Citizen Cope beginning November 15th in Minneapolis, MN and going through December 2nd in Albany, NY. A complete list of confirmed tour dates are below.
“Let The Meter Run” is one of many great songs from Charlie Mars’ recently released full-length Blackberry Light. The album builds upon the distinctive musical approach first mined on 2009’s breakthrough Like A Bird, Like A Plane, with the Oxford, Mississippi-based tunesmith employing supple grooves and ambient production to enhance the elemental force of his classic songwriting. The album sees Mars delving deep within to offer insight and impact via a gracefully beatific distillation of folk, rock, and smooth acoustic soul.
The press reaction to Blackberry Light has been fantastic. American Songwriter called it “potent,” while Pastesaid the record has “aural layering that recalls, at least in sensory approach, Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball or Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind.” Mars’ appearance on VH1’s morning show “Big Morning Buzz Live” can be seen HERE and is available for posting. His Relix magazine session can be seen HERE and is also available for posting. A feature on Mars appears in the current issue of Relix. His song “I Do I Do” was in the CBS show “How I Met Your Mother” on Monday, October 8.
Having spent 15 years as a journeyman artist, with all the highs and lows that entails, Like A Bird, Like A Plane found Mars crafting a sonic style uniquely his own, a sound informed less by traditional rock than by sinewy and soulful rhythms and stark, cinematic production. Mars spent much of the next two years on the road, growing an increasingly fervent fan following while slowly compiling a sheaf of new songs. Recording for Blackberry Light finally got underway in August 2011 at Austin’s Texas Treefort Studios, with Mars once again joined by many of the same cohorts that helped him create Like A Bird, Like A Plane, including producer Billy Harvey (Bob Schneider, Salim Nourallah), keyboardist John Ginty (Santana, Citizen Cope, Whiskeytown), bassists George Reiff (Ian Moore, Steve Poltz) and Dave Monzie (Fiona Apple), and drummers J.J. Johnson (John Mayer, Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Dony Wynn (Robert Plant, Robert Palmer, Brooks & Dunn). Upon the sessions’ conclusion, Mars recruited Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Tchad Blake (Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Sheryl Crow) whose distinctive mix helps give Blackberry Light much of its uniquely spacious warmth.
With its sparse instrumentation and spotlight on transcendent groove and percussive atmospherics, the minimalist approach adds maximum intensity to Mars’ introspective songwriting. Imbued with jazzy warmth, simmering dynamics, and uncommon use of space and intensity, Blackberry Light presents a gifted writer and musician at his confident and creative peak, a milestone work in what has proven to be a most extraordinary artistic evolution.
“There are so many people who make art that don’t stick it out long enough to find their voice,” Mars says. “Look at Jackson Pollock, look at Mark Rothko. Those guys were doing all kinds of things before they came upon the thing that people know them for, before they found their groove. Well, I definitely found my voice and now I’m trying to grow from there.”
Confirmed tour dates are below:
11 – Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS*
12 – Duling Hall – Jackson, MS*
13 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN*
18 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC*
19 – Soapbox Laundro Lounge – Wilmington, NC*
20 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA*
21 – WRLT Sun Night – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN* – w/ Matthew Perryman Jones
15 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN**
16 – Egyptian Room Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN**
17 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI**
18 – House of Blues – Chicago – Chicago, IL**
27 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA***
28 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA***
29 – House of Blues – Boston, MA***
30 – The Forum – Harrisburg, PA***
2 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY***
* – headlining date
** – Citizen Cope date
*** – Tedeschi Trucks Band date
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