Chuck Cheesman’s original songs are hopeful, loving, and sometimes satirical. He draws inspiration from the diverse traditions of American music to create authentic, soulful folk/rock songs. Of his music, Rich Warren of Sing Out! Magazine has said, “Chuck Cheesman deserves greater recognition among young singer/songwriters…”
Chuck’s most recent full-length recording, Imagining Dancers, has received airplay across the country on college, community, and public radio stations including the nationally syndicated program The Midnight Special. It was named “favorite album” of 2011 by Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine. It features nine original tunes and an interpretation of Michael Smith’s classic “The Dutchman” which has been called “the best I’ve ever heard” by Flagstaff Folk Festival founder Ken Ralston.
In addition to his work as a singer/songwriter, a significant part of Chuck’s musical life is spent as an entertainer and educator of children. Beginning in the late 1990s as an instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, he has grown to become a popular performer at venues ranging from classrooms and farmer markets to outdoor festivals. His Dancing With No Shoes On (September 2011) is a whimsical children’s recording that maintains Chuck’s high standards of writing, musicianship, and production.
Chuck’s musical mission has long included volunteerism and activism. Along with his friend Bob Neustadt, he produced a compilation CD of music and spoken word called Border Songs (October 2012) which benefits the Tucson-based humanitarian group No More Deaths / No Más Muertes. The CD received contributions from nationally recognized artists including Amos Lee, Michael Franti, Calexico, and the legendary Pete Seeger. As of this writing, the project has raised more than $50,000 for humanitarian aid being provided along the US/Mexico border.
Chuck and his family moved from Northern Arizona to the Pacific Northwest in the summer of 2013. He continues to perform for people of all ages, is working on a new recording of original music, and is producing a benefit compilation CD for a non-profit organization that helps match Grand Canyon river guides with needed healthcare resources.