Charlie Shafter brings a refreshing combination of old school southern rock blended seamlessly with a modern indie pop vibe, an Alternative Americana if you will. With early influences such as The Band, Tom Waits and The Cars it’s no wonder he is writing music with a wisdom beyond his years. Music veteran Ray Wylie Hubbard, not one to be easily impressed, signed on to produce Shafter’s upcoming CD due to his skilled songwriting, which Hubbard describes as “uncomplicated, yet complex, profound and always with a purpose.” Whether you catch him playing a solo acoustic set or rocking with a full band his engaging sound will make a believer out of you too.
Who is the Charlie Shafter Band? The Charlie Shafter Band consists of four marginally educated ant farmers from Duluth, Minnesota. The band was formed from a common friendship and genuine love for the 1980's. Their music is world renown; however, their story is little known.
Or maybe it's the other way around?
The Charlie Shafter Band set out to do two things when it formed: 1) to clarify the pronunciation of the word barrette, and 2) to prove the Aztecs did indeed invent the vacation. In accordance with prophecy, four ant farmers will drop their small ant farming shovels and pick up musical instruments. Joel (The Frugal) is awarded the power of rhythm. Charlie (The Meek) is endowed with spongy vocals. A power from above enables Clayton (The Just) to funk it up. Lastly, Adam (The Cruel) was infused at birth with tangy fingers. The band has received mixed reviews from places as far away as Germany. They tour extensively and farm copiously, never losing sight of their ultimate goal.
2009 Charlie Shafter and The Gnomes - "Live At The Blue Light"
2007 Charlie Shafter Band - "17th & Chicago"
2005 Charlie Shafter Band - "Orange"