Texas-raised, Nashville-based blues/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Charlie Oxford creates his own blend of modern-soulful pop on his self-titled debut Charlie Oxford out September 25, 2015.
The 10 tracks on the debut mix Oxford’s butter-smooth vocals with horns, B3 organ and bursts of electric guitar. Co-written entirely by Oxford and produced by Adam Smith (Jordin Sparks, Lovedrug, the Veronicas), the album features plenty of A-list cameos — including the Horn Heads, whose work can be heard on albums by Prince, Chaka Khan and Tower of Power — without taking the spotlight off Oxford, whose voice swoons its way through tracks like the first single “Driving Me Crazy” and the second, “Letting Go.” It’s a record about chasing down your dreams, finding love and looking for your spot in the world.
“Charlie Oxford might seem young for a blues man, but his fingers play that fretboard like an old soul,” says Southern Living who premiered “Drive Me Crazy” as their Music Monday Premiere on 7/20. “His music, often confessional, bears the weight of a life long lived, even if the Nashville-based artist stands at the beginning of what’s almost guaranteed to be a successful career.”
It’s been a long road for Charlie Oxford to see light. After his first record deal went sour, Oxford regained the rights to Charlie Oxford, resulting in the album’s re-release in September 2015.
He kept writing, too, whipping up a pair of EPs (coming out in early 2016) that show off his strength as a live performer. The first is largely acoustic-based, pairing three stripped-down tunes from the self-titled debut with a new track, “Call Me.” The second finds Oxford turning up the noise and the tempo.
Charlie’s latest single is a track entitled “Call Me“, a song that The Huffington Post premiered and had high praises for. According to Oxford, “It’s a song about support, and being there for a friend in a time of need. It came about because a really long time friend of mine from my childhood had been battling a lot of inner demons. It all started boiling up and myself along with a few other friends started noticing him lying about these massive personal accolades that were obviously not happening in his life. Needless to say he needed a friend to be there for him.”