Rhode Island’s Charlie Marie Makes Country Music Her Own

Editor’s Note: Originally published April 2018

In a time where popular country music is bombarded with sinus-pinching songs about dirt roads, flatbed trucks, tractors, whiskey, and every other painful cliché, Charlie Marie brings about a refreshing, albeit traditional style to her country music.

Sure there are several songs of hers reflecting other common themes such as love, heartache, longing, and so forth, but Charlie Marie delivers them with originality and authentic soul. Her vocal abilities are surely something to write home about, as they are undoubtedly at the forefront of her music.

Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Charlie Marie learned at a young age she wanted to pursue music professionally. Not necessarily typical Rhode Islander music, either. (whatever that may entail) No, Charlie decided she wanted to move to Nashville, the Honky Tonk capital of the world, to follow in the footsteps of her idols like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, and many more.

When you have charming lyrics and undeniable vocal range, there’s no need to muddy your sound up with a slew of other instruments/effects. Charlie keeps her songs bare bones. Some songs deliver that slick, twangy guitar that sets the tone for her vintage vocals, channeling the simpler times of Patsy and Loretta, but doing so with modernity. There’s simply no denying the vocals are the meat, potatoes, salt, and pepper of her music. She emulates the vulnerable, relatable singer-songwriter with great skill.

Songs like “40 Miles From Memphis” maintain that Southern/Midwest jukebox diner feel, leaving you wanting to put another dime in. “Loveless” offers a heartfelt anthem of sorts, with Marie belting out feelings on preferring a difficult relationship with someone than none at all. It’s evident Marie sings from deep within the heart, and there’s no half-passion with her music.

We asked Charlie what she missed most about Rhode Island. “I would have to say the ocean, and my family and friends still living there,” she answered.

Can’t argue with that.

“If I wasn’t making music I’d probably be a professional dog walker, but I’m definitely a jack of all trades.” Well we sure are glad she’s making music, but Charlie, we do have some dogs that could use some walking over here, so please let us know your availability!

For more info on Charlie Marie and her music, visit her website HERE.

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