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Wishing Street

by Ian Charles

This Ian Charles Classic is temporarily "Sold Out.". Mp3's are available here though. It's getting reissued very soon. An engrossing Award Winning "Americana" Singer/Songwriter~ (Folk, Rock, with a touch of Alt-Country and Gospel). With a "Vintage" sonic
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Wishing Street
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2. New Ticket
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3. Eastern Standard Time
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4. Every Morning
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5. Downshift
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6. Heavens' Key
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7. La La La La (A True Story)
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8. Ten At Five
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9. I Will Ride (From Out Of The Desert Grey)
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10. Confessors' Hymn
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Album Notes
Wishing Street~ Critically Acclaimed Worldwide!

Winner! of the 2001 dmusic.com Grammy Awards for Best Artist and Song...
"Heavens' Key"

Featuring the #1 Mp3.com hits, "Heavens'Key", and "La La La La(a true story)".

Voted "One of Hudson Valley New York's Best New Artists for 2000 - Chronogram Magazine.

2001- Voted Best Performer Woodstock Times

2000-2001 Solo Acoustic Tour...380 shows nationwide.

2002~03 Fall 2003 tour, 2004 NEW CD release, MINUTES FROM MIDNIGHT! Available here: www.cdbaby.com/charles5

A member of:
The Americana Music Association 2000-
The Folk Alliance

WISHING STREET- is Ian Charles' 3rd CD release since 1995.

The songs are about Experiences, Observations.

The People, Places, Dreams, and Emotions.

The Factual, Fictional, Spiritual, and Musical.

Seen through the eyes of a wide array of characters; A Street Musician, A Factory worker, A Drifter, and You.

The characters are real people.

The music is laid back. Call it, "Country Soul"!

Acoustic and Electric Guitars, A Voice, Upright and Electric Bass, Drums, Piano, B-3 Organ.

Just sit back at home or in your car and let the songs carry you along WISHING STREET.
Credits: All songs written and arranged by IAN CHARLES
Studios: Sherwood Forest Recording-Bedford, Ma.
TNA-Wallingford, Ct.
Horizon-West Haven, Ct.
Mastered : JONATHAN WYNER at M WORKS- Boston, Ma.

Photography: GARRY SEGAL (cover)

Organ and Piano: HARRY KING

Slide and Lap Steel Guitar: PETE KAZALEH




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Heavens' Key
The beginning of “Heaven’s Key” immediately evokes early Rod Stewart ballads like “I Don’t Want to Talk About It,” but the song truly develops its own personality as it goes. Charles’s voice has the right balance of solidity and newness, bringing out the emotion in the lyric and building to a near-perfect crescendo -- which he surprisingly reins in at the end. If the song were mine to play with, I’d want to hear some large Hammond organ chords offset the piano and highlight the elegiac nature of the piece. But working with what is here, I’m impressed with this confessional country-tinged folk ballad, though I hope he gives the MP3 a re-encoding that isn’t quite so brittle.

Willow - Dmusic Network A&r / Radio

Poetic, Beautiful, and Soulful
Ian Charles' writing style is that of a storyteller. His voice is soothing and rich sounding. It's the kind of music that will become part of your life. I especially enjoy his gospel flavoured songs, his vocal style is outstanding on the track "Confessors' Hymn". The harmonica and organ licks are a perfect accompaniment to Ian's voice. "Heavens' Key" another favorite of mine, is a song written for a friend of Ian's. Laced with heartache, Ian's voice is filled with the ache and longing that comes with heartbreak. "Downshift", has a Steve Earle feeling to it. I am pulling for this artist; he has the drive, passion, and determination to go all the way.

S. Berdwall

I love this disc. I would recommend it to anyone
I have been following Ian Charles' music since his 1st cd.
That cd was really exciting because it was raw and loose in the sense that the playing was really energetic,and came from alot of different places. In his development I have heard a great amount of focus. But, still a loose free feeling to the writing and playing. I think that this is a perfect album or body of work. You see, Ian Charles is always going to a new place. you never know what is next so the first song is different from the last but in some special way born of the same thought because that is where he is at the time. Wishing Street has a feeling of travel, internally as well as externally. Emotionally and spiritually. I can not say enough about how great this is. I would recommend this to anyone who likes something with class and depth and who likes writing with a sense of history. I would compare Ian Charles to no other songwriter.
These songs will sound excellent in 10 years.Timeless.


Another one!! What a difference.
I just want to say that I'm amazed. The difference from this CD to his latest is pretty subtle but, immediate. It's that he not only digs deep into his soul. These songs are as he says, "observational". Where his latest is internal observations. I enjoy both Wishing Street and as I like to call it, "Minutes". Ian Charles is now part of my day to day life. Next?

Mark T. Gould

Man, Oh Man, Can this guy sing!
Wishing street, Ian Charles' 3rd album since 1995, melds a soulful sound and delivery with a smorgasbord of delight tunes. Every song on this great CD tells a story. Ian Charles is clearly a songwriter and singer deserving of much greater and wider recognition, based on this strong collection.

Bruce Bennett

#2 in his best of list
This is his 2nd best CD of his catalog so far. The best is minutes from midnight from 2004. He is a smart songwriter with style and good arrangements.

Chris Kresge- Pro Critic Picks Radio

Add Ian Charles' name to the list...
Add Ian Charles' name to the scroll of great American Singer/Songwriters...he belongs among the list of names like Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Dave Alvin, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and others. He may have been born in England but, he is as American a storyteller as has ever existed. Grounded in the roots of Folk, Country, and Heartland Rock-n-Roll, the flame of the genre may very well be passed down to this man. Integrity, honesty, and sentiment seep out of every pore of his songs with passion. This is Americana/Alt-Country. Enjoy it.

Thomas M. Burgess

More up scale/smarter sound than Neil Young, Just as real
I hear a lot of Neil young in him, but he is more up-scale.
There is a smarter sound to Ian's playing. He's up-to-date.
Just as real.

Tom Netherland

Ian Charles........Cd review of the week!!
"Ian Charles isn't exactly country. But, so what? Unlike most of Nashville's Majority,Ian Charles does'nt try to fool us. Thank goodness, an honest artist, and one who walks a straight line somewhere between Folk and Rock. Ian Charles' rich portraits of wanderlust(Eastern Standard Time), Meaningful memories (Every Morning), and a lost and lonely existence (Downshift) come straight from the heart, and a pen that's more than able to relate life's nuances. Possessed with a voice that aches(Heavens'Key) with reality on his tongue, Ian Charles' substantial talent lies somewhere between mainstreams errant radar, and that's good. Like today's Steve Earle or Gordon Lightfoot in the 70's how does one categorize Ian Charles? Try foot deep in the heart of honest-to-goodness wonderful music"

Micheal Cascagne

Can you hear the music in the night? Come on Listen...
This is a cool album! I find myself going back and listening to it over and over. I have a 5 disc changer and this one has'nt left it for two weeks. It is one of those nightime Cd's. Alot of songwriters kind of fall of the mark halfway through. This is just chock full of everything you'd want to hear and with a soulful, almost ghostly tone. Right through from it's Country/Folk start to it's Gospel blues finish. Join in........ Hallellujah!! and Listen!
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