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Connecting with people is what we do here at Southern Fellow. It just so happens the we use food and music as the launchpads for these connections to take place. That is why we only speak about people we have had the opportunity to know. Behind the music there is a person and we work hard to recognize that individual. I personally have had some amazing people open their hearts to me. There have been some surprises along the way and our next artist on Feed the Band is one of them.
I have to admit I have been following Charlie Marie on social media for a few months. At the time I did not listen to her music and told myself she was just another blonde with a guitar. That sounds harsh, but it is the truth nonetheless. I try to mix things up the best that I can. It was a little over a month ago I was working on a tractor and letting Spotify naturally do it’s thing. This song “Rodeo” came through my bluetooth speaker. It hit me hard enough that it felt like falling in love for the very first time, all over again. I knew that whoever was singing I needed to have a conversation with. I ran to my phone and recognized the name Charlie Marie. The gilt hit me like a ton of bricks. It took me less than a minute to reach out and try to connect. We spent the next couple of days chatting and then scheduled a 20 minute phone interview that lasted well over an hour.
Being from the south one is accustomed to a southern draw. When Charlie Marie sings her sound is something I am used to. It is when you have a conversation that her Rhode Island accent hits you. You might feel that one way is less genuine than the other, but they each are part of the fabric that makes Charlie Marie. In fact, anyone who spends 10 minutes with Charlie will recognize she is as genuine as they come. This is a blessing, but can be a hard stand to take for a new artist.
Charlie Marie spent some time in Nashville as a student at Belmont and chasing her dreams like many country artists before her. This also tested her character. There are many things that Nashville can do for a new artist. However, all you have to do is turn on the radio and listen. The songs are all starting to sound the same. It is starting to feel like country music is far too industrialized and less like a friend sharing a story. Charlie Marie did the most country thing she could do. She returned to her roots and went home to Rhode Island. This move allowed her to center herself and made her music feel less like a product.
Charlie Marie’s risks have paid off. By returning to her roots she has created music that has beat Nashville at it’s own game. Songs like “Rodeo” and “Rhinestones” feel authentic and never leave you wondering if you’re actually listening to a country song. Then you have “Countryside” a song about how anyone can appreciate “country” without having to be from the country. Her stories have been told I will admit, but few can put them in a song as well as she can. Charlie Marie is challenging the idea that country music needs to be remade and repackaged. For this reason twenty years from now her music will have the same timeless quality as it does today.
It is a pleasure to know Charlie Marie. She is well on her way to being our top artist of 2019. Let’s get to what we do. In the middle of the interview we have a delicious tiramisu recipe she inspired. Please try it you are going to love it. We are also giving away her latest EP! Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end. Here is our interview with Ms. Charlie Marie.
Tell us about your road to country music.
It all started with my grandmother. She was the first person to introduce me to Patsy Cline. From then on classic country has been my anchor.
If you could not play music, what do you think you would be doing?
I’d most likely be a professional dog walker.
What is the best thing about your hometown?
The winding back roads.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
It all begins with the “hook” for me. I come up with a concept I want to focus on and build the song around that. I typically come up with the melody and then write the lyrics.
What would you want country music to look like in the year 2100?
I would like country music to be about the music and not so much about the fame.
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What is your first fond memory of food?
My grandmother’s French toast. When I was little I’d sleep over her house and she’d make French toast for breakfast. Her secret ingredient is vanilla.
There are many young women that may not feel they fit a particular mold when they dream of being a music artist. What advice do you have for these women?
Be yourself! Figure out what you want to say and say it. Don’t try and fit the mold of the music industry. People will recognize your sincerity.
Your self titled EP is one of the best I have listened to in a long time. What is your favorite song and why is it your favorite?
That’s a tough one because every song I write is special to me. They’re kind of like my kids. But, the message in “Countryside” is probably my favorite. The underlying theme is that we’re all the same and that everyone can relate to the heart of country music.
What is the story on the hat?
When I was a kid I used to wear a cowboy hat when I sang. During my phase of trying to be like the radio stars I retired it. When I moved back to Rhode Island I started wearing it again. I love my Stetson because I always have a good hair day.
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What does the coming year look like for you?
My focus is to play as much as I can and put out a full length record.
If you could write with anyone, living or who has passed on, who would that person be?
I’d really love to write with Dwight Yoakam. I think his style is traditional and fresh. I appreciate how his music is true to the genre, but also unique to him.
We talked about you moving back home to Rhode Island. How did that move contribute to your music?
Moving back to Rhode Island gave me perspective. Living in Nashville is exciting and I learned so much being there, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and getting away reminded me of why I started doing music in the first place. Music is powerful and can be used to make the world a better place. That’s all I want to do.
What is your biggest fear?
Failure, but that’s also what fuels me.
Is there anything else you want your fans at Southern Fellow to know?
Never give up! We all have dreams for a reason and whatever yours is make that your purpose. That’s what life’s all about!
Charlie Marie is an artist you need to watch. We are happy to have her as part of the Southern Fellow family, Your playlist is going to get pretty long because you will want to add all of her music to it. You can find Charlie Marie on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube Music. We are really looking forward to what she does in the future.
Thank you for checking out this interview. Make sure to enter our giveaway and try that tiramisu recipe. We have some more amazing music and recipes on the way right here on Feed the Band.
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To enter for a chance to win an EP from Charlie Marie first make sure to follow us both on Instagram. Next share our post about Charlie and tag @ southernfellow_ in it. Its that easy!
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