Chuck Shields grew up in the Laurel, Mississippi area where he said his farm-raised stepfather made an impression.
He started playing guitar at 12 years old, influenced by Austin, Texas, rock guitarist Eric Johnson.
He wanted to come to Tennessee to pursue music instead of jumping into everything in Nashville and he decided to come to Chattanooga as sort of a neutral ground.
His Chattanooga home is a short enough drive to singer-songwriter nights at Nashville Palace near the Opryland Hotel, where he has performed his solo act and will never forget his first performance there.
Chuck dreams of touring the country live and he is already strumming out a more instrumental second album and plans to film a music video or two for YouTube, which he said he’ll send to Great American Country while he’s at it.