Hey everybody …. I’m a piano player. Write songs. Sing and play some guitar. And been very fortunate to have played with some great musicians from Wynton Marsalis and Tony Bennett to Johnny Adams. Since I was a kid, I’ve played the gamut—the worst dive bars with piano keys so jagged that I cut up my fingers every night, some amazing concert halls, outdoor festivals, great clubs and even floating theaters at sea. My mentor/teacher and friend is Dr. John and I can say that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from a master.
As far as my music goes, I’m just trying to write songs that move people and have something to say. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky to find a lyricist named Ric Steel-my Bernie Taupin-who brings out the heart and soul of the human spirit with his words. If my music makes you feel sad, joyous, or anything else after hearing it, then I guess I’ve done my job. When I get onstage to perform, well that’s the only place in the world I want to be at that time. I will give you everything I have and more because that is what I do—play like it’s the last show I’ll ever do.
I grew up in Kansas City and started playing in blues clubs when I was a teenager. New York City (Brooklyn) is my home right now even though I”m more of a “wandering nomad” type and I feel a close kinship to New Orleans. It’s hard to put into words what that city means to me, but having been there right up until Hurricane Katrina and spent a lot of time there since, I can say that it’s one of the most important and influential places in my life as an artist.
I just released my debut Josh Charles EP which features members of Dr. John’s band, my touring band, and was recorded in New Orleans and New York. My co-producer, Steve Jabas and I spent months and countless hours working on the EP and worked with one of the best mixers around now—Ken Lewis. So many great people and amazing musicians were involved and I am so grateful to have been able to work with each and every one of them.
I hope you dig the music and come out to the shows. Come say hi and feel free to email me here. I’ll get back to you as much as I can. Other than that, all I can say is “let the music play”.
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