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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 largely acoustic-based EP, 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.”
“Charlie Oxford might seem young for a blues man, but his fingers play that fretboard like an old soul…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.”
10 tracks that mix Oxford’s sly and soulful vocals with horns, B3 organ and assistance from Horn Heads, whose work can be heard on albums by Prince, Chaka Khan and Tower of Power. Although the record holds a tried and true theme about finding your dreams, finding love and looking for your spot in the world, Oxford approaches his themes with a novel approach that never sours but inspires with sweet idealism. A rousing composition that touches some of the best of Tedeshi Trucks Band and the modern day guitar gurus of Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.
– Glide Magazine
Soulfully including lyrics of eternal want and desperate curiosity, this gem of wanderlust is a must for all fans of Gavin Degraw, Rob Thomas, and all musicians who are adapting the hopeful aspects of blue-eyed soul.
– Blues Rock Review
With its sweeping strings and lush pop production, it’s not at all difficult to imagine “Letting Go” climbing its way up the pop charts.
– Baeble Music
He sings a combination of soul, blues and indie that is subtly complex and heartfeltOxford has really modeled himself after the likes of Mayer and other idols like Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton – a singer-songwriter that understands the importance of shredding. In his new home of Nashville, Oxford is one of many emerging artists contributing to an unbelievable music scene
Oxford’s self-titled debut album feels very personal, yet strikes a universal chord. It is clear that he feels at home amid a wide range of styles and instrumentation. It is a collection of genre-crossing elements, held together by Oxford’s seemingly effortless vocals. He doesn’t leave anything out of his tool belt – jazz, folk, pop, rock – they’re all part of a whole to him.
–New York Minute Magazine
Oxford’s slick, soulful vocals soar effortlessly, making everything he has to say inherently listenable. Oxford could probably read the ingredients list on the back of a jar of pasta sauce and it would still sound utterly seductive, which certainly helps this collection is bright, radio-friendly soul-pop go down like a spoonful of sugar… It’s easy to imagine most of these songs finding their way onto the radio and worming their way into listener’s heads.
Oxford infuses elements of blues, funk, pop and brass into his music. “Waiting For” is this captivating blend of a funky bass line with interceding horns on top of a catchy pop chorus…Make you check out this talented young performer now, because this star is definitely on the rise!
– Elmore Magazine
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