Charlie is a songwriter and a song interpreter. His shows weave a path through stories, those familiar and special parts of life. He plays his own songs along with a selection of favorites written by other songwriters, and he covers traditions as diverse as folk music, soft rock, sea songs, songs about the American west, tales of Michigan and the Great lakes, and personal reflections.
Charlie has been singing and playing guitar for the better part of three decades. He was a member of several bands in Detroit and Marquette, Michigan, over the years, then concentrated on solo performing for most of the 1990s. Besides guitar, Charlie plays mandolin and bass guitar and is a fine harmony singer when opportunities arise.
In the past few years, Charlie has been a headline performer in the early days of the Off-the-Wall Acoustic Coffeehouse in Walled Lake, Michigan and the Angel Caravan Coffee House in Ann Arbor. He also frequently performs at Detroit area coffeehouses and for a time was host of the popular open mic night at Gotham City Cafe in Ferndale, Michigan. One of Charlie's favorite performances took place at a house concert in Denver, Colorado in 1998.
Charlie compiled two tapes of his original music in 1998, Charlie Monterey and There's Gotta Be a Road. He has also appeared on recordings of other local Detroit artists such as Mike Dorn, Jim Perkins, and Leslie Frederick. Charlie's own CD, There's Gotta Be a Road, was released in February 2001.
posted October 31, 2001
copyright 2001 Charles Montney
Photo by Jeremy MacLeod, spring 1995