Charlie Ecker (Songwriter) / Press

“Charlie Ecker continues to churn out superb musical efforts. He loves America and his recent song 'Duty Country Honor' is a prime example of his ability to bring his music visions to life. We are honored to present him with our prestigious American Spirit through Music Award."”

Al Bowman, Founder & Executve Director - Producers Choice Honors

““A softly melodic demonstration of songwriting skill, 'When I Walked With You' benefits from the lyrical expertise and undeniable composing talent of its creator, Charles Ecker.””

The Akademia Juried Panel

"'Emma-Jean' is the single you have been waiting for in 2017. It is the perfect marriage proposal song!"

Buck McCoy, Program Host - Independent Music Network (Country)

"'Duty Country Honor' is brief but memorable, an intriguing introduction to an innovative country sound. The song is instantly catchy and primed for popular appeal."

The Akademia Juried Panel

"Charles Ecker is a legendary song writer who has touched the lives of many artists."

Al Bowman, Founder & Executive Director - Los Angeles Music Awards

"A delightful romp about young love. How could this song NOT be about Linda Ecker? For over 30 years, the Ecker's are still deeply in love, lots, lots, lots. Lovely song, Charlie. I have played your music for six years now, and 'Emma-Jean' is the best one yet."

Chris Duval - Showcase Radio

"One of the newest members of The Recording Academy, fresh off his L.A. Music Awards “Career Country Songwriter” honor spanning the 25--year history of that organization, Charles Ecker pushes the envelope even further with “Emma-Jean,’ because while on the surface you might think it is a “Modern Country” song like so many heard on the radio these days, it is very different."

Deke Donovan - L.A. Sports & Entertainment Week

"The C.R. Ecker Band is a fine example of what's good with country music. The band's sound is pop enough to appeal to a broad audience, but not so pop that it sounds like a lot of the bands coming out of Nashville. The themes of the songs are familiar, but this band presents them so they don't seem tired. In other words, the band sounds familiar, but still refreshing. If you've been looking for some new country artists, The C.R. Ecker Band is a great place to start."

Gary Schwind - AXS.com

"The C.R. Ecker Band is different than either traditional country or the Nashville cookie cutter music--it's like they have taken the best of a couple of genres and blended them together. They are onto a new movement, and, with the new official "Heartland" genre listing through Reverbnation in their band page directory, have laid claim to this "country with a touch of lush" style in many of Charles Ecker's new songs. This Heartland style is definitely their OWN evolving sound--a standout "apart from the crowd" sound. Something we need in this business. "

Dixie McCorkell, Global Radio Hostess - "Country Legends in the Making"

"C.R. Ecker and his band are one of the Top Ten Artists in Country Music from the 25 years of history at the LA Music Awards."

Al Bowman, Executive Director - L.A. Music Awards

"Charles Ecker is one of the unsung heroes of country music. His songwriting is sharp, and profound, and his positive energy together with that of his band, would leave most country stars half their age collapsed on the stage begging for mercy. Listening to “A Bright Tomorrow,” I realized that The C.R. Ecker Band has reached yet another level of musical artistry. They cover the whole gamut of emotions here."

Alex Moss - Independent Music News

““’A Bright Tomorrow’ comes along just in time to remind people what real country music sounds like and how to write lyrics with depth and meaning. If you don’t feel better about life and humanity after listening to The C.R. Ecker Band’s songs, it’s time to seek therapy."”

Jeena Johnson - The Music Journal - SoundLooks

"'My Dear Lord' manages a careful alchemy of reverence and joy -and The C.R. Ecker Band delivers this country-infused praise song with characteristically effortless technique.'

The Akademia Awards - Juried Panel

"With the understated confidence of a seasoned musician, Charles Ecker has calmly established himself as a successful songwriter and influence in country music."

Marquix Global Network News Service

““A Bright Tomorrow” is wonderful! Love, love your music!”

Kitt Bratton Bradley - Cashbox

"'A Bright Tomorrow" is another great spin from The C.R. Ecker Band. By the time I’d listened to it a couple of times, the tune was stuck in my head. Michael Stanton, on the other hand, is old country boy with a voice carved from solid granite. His voice is full, deep, and could probably match any style he puts his mind to."

Rick Jamm - Jamsphere

“The award-winning song, “A Bright Tomorrow” by The C.R. Ecker Band is all about extending goodness to those in need and believing that you can help to make a better world. The song, sung by lead vocalist Michael Stanton was first composed by Charles Ecker. The song has been released at no cost through CdBaby. And just weeks after its release the first official accolade rolled in from The Akademia Society, with “A Bright Tomorrow” being named “Outstanding Country-Americana” song. Moreover, composer Ecker has earned over twenty awards and nominations for his work during the past four years.”

George Melvin - Tone Flame Music

"There's no denying the genius of "A Bright Tomorrow,' this spare, Americana stomp - an exceptional trophy piece for The C. R. Ecker Band and great therapy for the lost everywhere."

Juried Panel - The Akademia Awards

"Michael Stanton, long considered one of the outstanding regional country singers in America, leads The C.R. Ecker Band in "A Bright Tomorrow," a song of just plain goodness, at a time of uncertainty and turmoil . Many lessons to be learned in the words."

Music We Make

“SIMPLY SUPERB (5 Stars) -- "Once again, Charles Ecker has created a classic in his own "Heartland" genre, a combination of country and Americana. 'A Bright Tomorrow' reminds us of the need to extend goodness whether to lift a child who falters, or reach out to those whose with hands that tremble during our times of national strife and international turmoil. His cogent words and memorable music are simply superb! And the voice of Michael Stanton intones with deep emotion with an underpinning of the lush backings of what The C.R. Ecker Band has become known for since its 2011 beginnings."”

Jonathan Wintrop - iTunes Reviews

"Charles Ecker writes some of the best country music around. His band makes all that music come to life."

Douglas Dickens - Dean of American Indie Music

"Bringing superb musicianship, gorgeous vocals and versatility together, The C.R. Ecker Band has created an impressive collection of diverse country treasures." (Best Country L.P. -, 'Down the Back 40: Risin' Sun.')

Juried Panel - The Akademia Music Awards

"The C.R. Ecker Band's 'A Bright Tomorrow' – an award-winning song!"

Mia Mannic - Independent Music News 24

"The C.R. Ecker Band, formed in Los Angeles in the Summer of 2011, is a country band mixing traditional country music with what composer and band leader Charles Ecker calls "a touch of lush" in some of his new songs. Its first release came with "Bushwacked Song," a tale of lament about a seriously down economy and that originally was written in 1990 when times were bad back then too. It relays that people who are being challenged today are not alone in their discouragement."

Brad Mercer, Program Host - KIX-FM, Palm Springs

"'Your Smile Says it All' is one of my favorite songs of ALL time, not just from The C.R. Ecker Band."

Toni Taylor-Helser - Mixposure Radio

"Charles Ecker, you've got a good thing going!"

Pascal Durand, PD - KPPR - FM, Paris

"Charles Ecker's life experiences and body of work in his music combine to be expressive and impressive! We welcome The C.R. Ecker Band to our first "New Faces of Country"" group."

'Captain Jack' - Renegade Radio Nashville

"With moods both thoughtful and uplifting, Charles Ecker (in his "Speechless" L.P.) has created a brilliant collection of songs fueled by strong instrumental arrangements (from Michael Stanton, Stacy Hogan and William Sherry), flawless leads and impeccable melodic instincts."

Juried Panel - The Akademia Music Society

“It is always worth mentioning when a songwriter tries something new. And that is the case with the new L.P. available digitally, Charles Ecker: "Speechless." Here American musicians Michael Stanton, Stacy Hogan and William Sherry, all contributors to The C.R. Ecker Band have "covered" many of Ecker's country songs with a lushness beyond compare. And the only thing he stressed in the two-year production was that each artist interepet the songs in their own way, with no interference from him.”

George Wheeler - All Access Music

"At SDC Radio Network Playlists, we have been programming The C.R. Ecker Band for over two years now because of their consistent ever-growing music that keeps getting better each and every year. We receive over 300 new CDs and music downloads each month from all over the world. This group is a serious contender!"

Kennth Howard Smith P.D. - SDC Radio Net

“When it comes to impressive country music, you just have to take a trip with The C.R. Ecker Band. Up for three awards currently in the LA Music Awards, Charles Ecker puts all he has in to composition and it shows superbly.”

Douglas Dickens - Mixsposure Radio D.J.

“'Charles (Ecker) and Michael Stanton) combine crisp, soulful vocals with exceptional acoustic production to create a song (No Turnin' Back) with universal appeal.'”

Juried Selection Committee - The Akademia Awards

" I hear a definitive signature to your sound that I think is an immediate draw. Really awesome musicianship."

Toni Taylor-Helser - Mixsposure Radio D.J.

“Regarding Charles Ecker "Speechless," this unique all-instrumental ten-song L.P. is out through 15 digital music services globally. All were written by Ecker (The C.R. Ecker Band) and performed by three outstanding musicians in the U.S., Michael Stanton, Stacy Hogan and William Sherry. Nice lush country music stagings all around with the melodies forming the basis of the universal language on Country Standard Time.”

Anja Krone - Country Music News International Radio Show

““With that rich, warm voice and honest heartfelt lyrics like "One More Night" and "No Turnin Back" it's no wonder you guys are getting such positive feedback and genuine reactions from fans. There is such an uplifting feeling to be had from storytelling as simple and uncluttered as this delivered with such soul and warmth. I really enjoyed the set list.””

Mike White - MikeWhitePresents

“Mr. Ecker. I am speechless! (On-air reaction to first hearing the Charles Ecker: "Speechless" L.P. in its U.K. debut)”

Chris Duval - Chris Duval Show on Splashradio, London

"The C.R. Ecker Band Soars to New Musical Heights. The newest (Fall 2013) tunes cover enduring love, longing for love and love lost. A lotta’ love in this set!

Internetic Magazine

"I find this C.R. Ecker song (One More Night with You) to be one of the most beautiful love songs I have heard in recent times. It has all the endearing qualities of what love should be between two people blessed to share in that emotion. Buy it... and send it to someone that is significant to your own heart."

Toni Taylor-Helser - Mixposure Radio

“(Your Smile Says it All -2014) ..."Superb, enduring new version of the C.R. Ecker classic!"”

Jonathan Winthrop - iTunes Review

“The C.R. Ecker Band releases another wonderful Country single, "I Just Wanna Meet Girls." This song has a delightful classic Country sound. The instruments are dynamically balanced to this enchanting melody. The lyrics, and you would expect from the title, are fun and quite witty as they are a tribute to the ups and downs of being a teenage boy meeting girls. It captures the free spirited feeling this song has to offer. This band proves they can have fun with music in a creative, toe tapping Country style.”


"Straight from the 2013 "Song of the Year" Award for its sassy, brassy hit, "Whisper Sweet Nothins" at Starliner's Europe, The C.R. Ecker Band of Los Angeles takes part in Country Music Association Week with the release of "No Turnin' Back," the last of three Fall 2013 love songs performed by male lead Michael Stanton, described by critics as "a nod to traditional country with a touch of lush in the mix."


"If Charles Ecker wins any more awards for his masterful music, there won't be any left for the next guys. This is fascinating songwriting and performance from the word go. Enjoy The C.R. Ecker Band."

The" Dean of Independent Music Showcasing" - Douglas Dickens

" 'No Turnin' Back' is what I would call a capstone for The C.R. Ecker Band in a year-long evolution away from its Traditional Country roots. Simple heartland words with sweet and melodic richness in the mix."

Jonathan Winthrop - iTunes Reviews

"The C. R. Ecker Band re-releases their spectacular Country song, "Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad, and Broke,)" into what is now aptly named "The Bushwacked Song. Ecker has taken his gift of music and lyrical style and spins a track that will not only put a smile on your face but political wisdom into your mind.

- Radio Indy (Apr 09, 2012)

"Once in a While" cover song performed by The C.R. Ecker is an absolute masterpiece!

Chris Duvall - Splash Radio

“'Whisper Sweet Nothins' is all about great country music!”

Buck McCoy - Independent Music Network (Country Channel)

"Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke" has garnered much media notice around the world for its message that seems to build in timeliness each and every day. Another song is capturing attention in a happy, giddy, cute way. And goodness knows we need more of that in the world today. Ecker calls ‘ I Just Wanna' Meet Girls’ a "tribute to teenage testosterone, pure and simple." ...Some traditional radio stations in the U.S. are starting to take notice. Said one PD, "this song is loopy enough to be a hit!"


"Really mighty, mighty fine country music! You keep writing them California Cowboys and we'll keep playing them! I love The C.R. Ecker Band's music!

Chris Duval, Program Director - Splashradio (U.K.)

“Charles Ecker is an awesome artist/ songwriter.”

Jody Dickey, Program Hostess - Musiciansmusic.net

"Once in a While" is a gorgeous cover song with great images of someone looking back at a lost love."

Dixie McCorkell, Presentor, - Triple Strand Productions

"The C. R. Ecker Band is my best favorite Indy band of all time, like a country version of Sha Na Na's serious side. I have determined to expose you through my station as 'Real Country' Radio’s all-time favorite band".

Tom Kawai - Program Director, Real Country Radio, Tokyo

"In our coverage area of Nevada, "I Just Wanna' Meet Girls' has gotten fantastic feedback from our listeners as it has a title that sums up the pure joy of being a teenage guy, with a bouncy melody that lingers long in your memory. I would even go so far as to say this song should be required listening for every little guy once he turns thirteen and made to memorize, it's so cute!"

DJ Harvey - KQLN Radio, Southern Nevada

"Your Smile Says it All -- "What a beautiful, beautiful song. I love The C.R. Ecker Band's music!"" - Chris Duval

Splashradio (U.K.)

"There's a group of cowboys breaking out of the smoggy morning sun of LA, spreading their thoughts of leaving the country roads for a metropolis filled with beach blondes and congested roads. It's The C.R. Ecker Band sprinting into the spotlight, with a truly unique sound and genius lyrics like in "California Cowboy". Lookout LA and the rest of the world because that "Gold Mercedes" armed with a CB and rebel flags is rolling in to take the big stage, I for one cannot wait and will be airing their music with pride!"

Chris Hawk, IMR Online and host for "American Thunder" - IMR Online

“The C.R. Ecker Band launches what lead song band leader and composer Charles Ecker calls "An Anthem for American Angst." "Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-Up Bad and Broke.)" The title song is kind of like 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' in the 30s," says Ecker. "It speaks for millions now experiencing the malaise of our economy, 'sung simple and straight-forward, matter-of-fact, certainly not cute and with a shot of hope.'"”

Top 40 Charts.com

"I believe that "Your Smile Says it All" will be a classic love song for all time. Enjoy the music, whether country or Pop, or both, and reflect on the beauty and wonder of the spoken smile!"

Jonathan Winthrop - iTunes Reviews

"I Just Wanna' Meet Girls" a great song...every man who was a boy can remember all those emotions and feelings and frustrations. Lots of luck and thanks for the great music.

"Drifter" - Homeward Bound.

“The C.R. Ecker Band has something to offer all country music fans in this sampler, from the fun and happy "I Just Wanna' Meet Girls" to the emotional and insightful "Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke). The title song reflects an anthem of American angst, given the economic challenges of the modern day...Also featured in this compilation is what the composer describes as a head-bangin' and just plain fun roadhouse rocker, "Green Eyes," inspired by his wife.”

Art of the Mix.org

“The C.R. Ecker Band "Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke)" is a simple, straight forward song the composer, C.R. Ecker, calls "an Anthem of American Angst" and just recently described as "a song to love" by MLive.com, a Michigan website devoted to employment issues.”

CNN iReport

“The most pertinent song by the C.R. Ecker Band is "Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke.) The song, written 20 years ago but never made public until the digital music age allowed for its release, is a simple, straight forward lament on financial struggles facing America. And its apolitical message just gets stronger and stronger each day with no finger pointing, but plenty of woe.”


"Bushwacked, Bewildered, Beat-Up Bad and Broke" -- a song you got to love... a song for our times."


“I Just Wanna' Meet Girls is a brand new release by The C.R. Ecker Band that is doing really well on the international airwaves, garnering airplay in 26 countries. For any guy that has gone through those teen years when girls finally become 'interesting', this song will have you laughing and singing along. So pick up a copy today. ”

Dixie McCorkell, Program Hostess - "Country Legends in the Making"

"C.R. Ecker has sought to explore a wide variety of country styles. In addition to the down-home, matter-of-fact delivery of "Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke)", the album features what the band leader calls "a tribute to teenage testosterone -- "I Just Wanna' Meet Girls, about as traditional country as you can get short of Roy Acuff."

Voices to Hear

“Terrific group. In the tradition of Creedence Clearwater Revival with its hit "Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke)! Great lyrics, good balance of instruments doesn't cover up the songs.”

Jango Internet Radio

“A moving song of love, and trust, ... adding an impactful and harmonious voice to The C.R. Ecker Band country music mix. Enjoy "I Believe in You."”


"I have a feeling there are a lot of people these days who can identify with the lyrics for this new one from The C.R. Ecker Band called Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke)."


“So the man who leads the C.R. Ecker Band offers with The Bushwacked Song a theme, an identity for what he calls “independent-thinking individual Americans, many who are bushwacked, bewildered, beat-up bad and broke themselves, who believe in fixing our country, not tearing it down.” You are encouraged to listen, and buy! ”

cdBaby Music Review

“Bushwacked (Bewildered, Beat-up Bad and Broke)" is so spot on at every level, what I'm going through, what my listeners are going through, what all of America is going through. It's a damned funny song with a damned serious message!”

Mr. Ashwad, The New 99ers Radio

“Never-before heard honky tonk to roadhouse rock to soft ballads. "Bushwacked" is the song of our tough times; "White Collar" an ode to living a simple life; "Green Eyes" a sexy Saturday Night party song; and "I Just Wanna' Meet Girls." Well 'nuff said!”


“POWERFUL PORTFOLIO OF MUSIC: The C.R. Ecker Band has tremendous traditional and contemporary country tunes in its collection, plus one of the most vivid inspirational songs I have ever heard – “A Bright Tomorrow.” I predict C.R. Ecker’s songs will be remembered for years to come, either in their original band mixes and through covers by current major label artists. Just you wait and see!”

The Music Buzz Reviewlog

"'A Lotta' Love' is a bright, uptempo tune by The C.R. Ecker Band. 'Whole Lotta' Love' filling the room when this song is played."

cdBaby Music Review

“Today there were two showcase features who have been on the show before and have been requested for more airplay by listeners! Singer and songwriter "John Reilly" and featured L.A. rising country stars "The C.R. Ecker Band" with "California Cowboy" and "I Believe In You". Both share a passion for music.”

Chris Hawk - American Thunder Radio

“Heartless ☆☆☆☆☆ ❶”

The Spotlight Zone Internet Music Service

“I Just Wanna’ Meet Girls ☆☆☆☆☆ ❶”

The Spotlight Zone Internet Music Service