Modern Mississippi Troubadour
For nearly two decades Charlie Mars has been at the fringes of pop music notoriety, opening shows for R.E.M. and Steve Earle while searching for his own voice through constant touring. With his latest record, The Money, his artistic vision is clearer than ever. Mars has sewn together tightly crafted songs with moods and melodies that pulse with sex, wonderment, and personal destruction – all themes that may clash on paper but in music suggest mysteries that are organic to us all.
The Money is the third album in Mars’s Texas Trilogy, all of which were recorded in Texas and capture that state’s boundless vistas and concept of untrammeled freedom with cinematic vividness. With his regular band, his songs possess a deep Southern groove, transmuting a regular rock show into something emotionally raw yet beautifully rendered, deeply personal yet universally relatable.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“big emotional rock from Mississippi… a knack for hooks, and the hooks here have real barbs: They tug at you and just might draw some blood.” -Rolling Stone
“Faulknerian mojo… his achingly soulful, Gram Parsons-like drawl and langorously meditative songs.” -Uncut Magazine