Charlie Roth's 7th solo album is a collection of 12 new tracks. Once again he takes us with him traveling, to the desert hills of Texas, and the heather covered highlands of bonny Scotland. There is a song of his home on the plains, a waltz of love, and one about social change, and some barstool ballads about drinkin’ and cheatin’. Once again he gives us just plain great songs, great playing, great singing and more stories from the poignant pen of this bard of the American plains.
Charlie's last record 'Broken Ground' garnered him two European tours and both times brought him to the highlands of Scotland. "They were singing Hank Williams and Johnny Cash and I was singing 'Wild Mountain Thyme'. It was really cool to see so much interest in the stuff I grew up on. I was inducted as an honorary Scot by some real good musicians. Same thing happened in to me in Texas."
Charlie is heavily influenced by the storytelling of Texas writers and his past efforts have likened him to Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Townes VanZant and others in that tradition. It wasn't until he joined the Celtic band 3 years ago that he immersed himself in the musical traditions of the British Isles.
There are two traditional songs 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and 'Jolly Bold Robber' and two covers, one of which is 'The Ully Mill Song' from the late great New York City songwriter Jack Hardy whom Charlie met and befriended in Texas at the Kerrville Folk Festival. "Jack is a legend and a hero to many including me and even though he also wrote cowboy songs he could write a song you would swear was written three hundred years ago in Ireland.'" says Charlie "He also co-wrote another track on the record called 'Holy Mother of God' with me but refused to take any credit." The other is a beautiful waltz called 'In My Eyes' written by another recently departed songwriter Tim Henderson. Charlie met Tim at a club he was working in Austin. "Tim heard me singing and gave me five of his CDs, it was pretty obvious he wanted me to cover one of his tunes. I found that waltz and it just leveled me. It is exactly what a woman wants to hear from a man. When I heard he passed away I knew that was a sad day in Austin Texas and if that song isn't a hit record I don't know a damn thing about what is."
Charlie's last record 'Broken Ground' made it to # 6 on the Euro Americana Charts back in late 2010. Alan Cackett of Maverick Magazine in the UK called him a country music storyteller of the old school, a great American troubadour and gave the record four stars. It received air play all over Europe Australia and as far away as Galilee.