In the Spring of 2016 Charlie wanted to record an album with music producer Vic Steffens at Horizon Music Studio in West Haven, CT. Vic, who had just been awarded New England Producer of the Year, was also eager to work with Charlie. They had known each other for years, but up until this point, had never worked together. Their goal was to make a record based on American roots, music, and styles including blues, country, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, and gospel. This combination of talent and seasoned studio musicianship led to Charlie’s latest solo release, Back To You, on Red Parlor Records (2019). As it turned out, it would be his final studio project.
Back To You has eleven tracks; nine original songs and two covers, including a gritty blues rendition of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. “I wish John Lennon could have heard this,” Charlie said, when asked about the 5th track on the record. The other cover is an interesting version of “That’s Life” written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon, the classic song Frank Sinatra made popular in the 1960s. Back To You is a collection of meaningful compositions that come from the heart, to which Charlie brings style and grace. You can hear the sincerity in his voice as he sings about desire, desertion, love, life, and all its pleasures and struggles.
Musicians used on this project:
Carole Sylvan, Scott Spray, Bobby Torello, Mike Marble, Jay Gerbino, Christine Ohlman, Joe Meo, Rafe Klein, Vic Steffens, Ron Rifkin, Alice Karp, Bill Holloman, David Hull, Jimmie Smith, William Light.
Photo Credit © John Halpern / Red Parlor Records