Lightnin’ Charlie is a recording artist, author, and entertainer extraordinaire, delivering a cheerful earful of soul-powered roots music, and his mighty mix cannot be described in a few words. When LC is asked what he plays, he says simply, “Good Music for Good People!” But here’s what others say:
“Lightnin’ Charlie tackles everything with a raw and infectious energy that is simply irresistible. A must for all major music festivals!” – Blues & Rhythm (England)
“Sheer magnificence! Polished with creative soul, rock, and harmony, Lightnin’s boppin’ tunes could bring joy to watching paint dry!” – News & Neighbor
“An authentic American original.” – Rootstime (Belgium)
“Stellar! Lightnin’ Charlie shines as bright and bold as autumn colors!” – Bristol Herald Courier
Lightnin’ Charlie’s atomic-powered, Spirit-filled style, which truly defies description, runs the gamut from blues to soul, to gospel and rock ‘n’ roll. LC is in constant rotation worldwide on Sirius Radio (Bluesville), as well as on good old terrestrial radio stations all over the globe. Lightnin’ Charlie’s CDs garner rave reviews everywhere, and his stage show—whether solo or duo (alongside his beautiful wife Beth), unplugged or with the band—has literally become the stuff of legend.
“If Lightnin’ Charlie doesn’t get your party goin’…call it a wake!” – amazon.com
“They [Lightnin’ Charlie & Beth] don’t sound good…they sound GREAT!” – Ricky Scaggs
“Powerful, polished, fresh, and original. Vibrant remakes and superb originals. Lightnin’ Charlie grabs an audience’s attention like a snake-handling preacher!” – Creative Loafer Magazine
“The sound that Lightnin’ Charlie and Beth produce is nothing short of perfection!” – pickinporch.org
Voted “Favorite Musician in the Mountain South” for several years in a row, LC is an award-winning musician and songwriter, is featured on many national television music showcases and documentaries, and has amassed legions of faithful fans from all over the world, affectionately known as Lightnin’ Bugs.
“Lightnin’ Charlie plays rock ‘n’ roll and soulful blues just the way I like it! Can’t wait for his next CD!” – Le Cri Du Coyote (France)
“A unique combination of gutsy vocals, smokin’ guitar, and high-energy showmanship. Lightnin’ Charlie is an exceptional guitarist and showman, and it’s because of how he makes it SOUND…and how he makes YOU FEEL. He’s simply amazing!” – Carolina Blues Fest Newsletter
Lightnin’ Charlie is also a published author, and his wild and wooly autobiography, Off The Record – The Trials and Tribulations of a Travelin’ Troubadour, is now in its 2nd Edition and is available worldwide in print and in e-book.
“Off The Record is a non-fiction comic book – set in rock ’n’ roll hyperspace – that documents the extraordinary exploits of our hero, Lightnin’ Charlie. Although Lightnin’ possesses no super-powers (other than attracting fiasco and mayhem everywhere he goes), he does have the ability to somehow survive these scrapes, and the audacity to proudly retell them here in this one-of-a-kind, hilarious autobiography. Mild-mannered Charlie by day, when night falls (or trouble calls), that’s when Lightnin’ Man dons his trusty hat and guitar – he never uses a cape – and becomes the psycho-magnet, semi-super hero we know and love as Lightnin’ Charlie. World-renowned singer, songwriter, and musician Lightnin’ Charlie’s insanely funny and poignant memoir is a collection of side-splitting stories and amazing anecdotes from his experiences as a full-time, touring musician, reformed saloon singer, and ultimately is his testimony as a born-again Christian, who has seen—and lived—the dark side. You’ll laugh till you cry at these hysterical, tall and true tales of madness, lunacy, comedy, and truth.” – amazon.com
“Absolutely hilarious! Not for the faint of heart, ‘Off The Record’ showcases Lightnin’ Charlie’s very wry sense of humor and loquacious literary style, and presents a bold and extraordinary variety of daily encounters that tell moving tales of all to ordinary madness. Outrageous, poignant, politically incorrect, ‘Off The Record’ is most of all…LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY!!!” – Excello (Chicago)
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, and you – the reader – are in for some fine, funny medicine! Lightnin’ Charlie is an amazing artist, painting pictures full of emotion with words, through his gift of storytelling. His satires, rants, and raves always inspire gut-laughs in me, and I guarantee that you are in for a real and rare treat!!!” – Rev. Elbert Charpie, Author of ‘The Return’
Describing LC’s music is be like trying to describe the color blue to someone who has never seen it. Lightnin’ Charlie and his soul-stirring roots music spans ’50s rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues to classic country, gospel and soul, but Lightnin’s huge repertoire of covers and originals somehow blend effortlessly to create a brand new brew that can only be described as “Lightnin’ Charlie Music”. It is this eclectic mix of Americana, and the abject honesty with which he performs it, that has made him an iconic and peerless entertainer, given his records worldwide acclaim, and created a stage show that is virtually irresistible to folks of all ages and musical tastes. Nobody captivates and fascinates an audience quite like Lightnin’ Charlie does, and to put it plainly, to know him is to love him…
“Lightnin’ Charlie is an extraordinary guitarist who plays with style and attitude. But in addition to his guitar playing, Charlie has a marvelous, infectious voice and presence, and quite honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen nor heard anyone like him!” – amazon.com
“Bottomless repertoire and enough onstage warmth to melt the ice in your drink!” – TriCities.com
“Lightnin’ Charlie grabs an audience’s attention like a snake-handling preacher!” – Creative Loafer
“There are only two kinds of people in the world: Those who love Lightnin’ Charlie, and those who haven’t had the good fortune to hear him yet!” – RLRouse.com
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“Lightnin’ Charlie delivers again! Off The Record gives us an inside look at the origins of his lifelong quest for making music – what he calls ‘Good Music for Good People’ – and provides marvelous insights into the crazy carnival of events that made him into the man he is today. Wouldn’t it be great if more folks were so observant, in-tune, well-versed, and hip-to-the-tip as Lightnin’ Charlie? I think so. And I believe they will be – after reading this gem of a book!” – Tim Rouse, Author of the Delmer Green Series
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