Charlie Mars Blackberry Light on 180g LP + Download Card w/ Bonus Tracks
Charlie Mars has been a journeyman artist with all the ups and downs that entails. He has gone from uncertainty to redemption with major label releases and high profile gigs opening for the likes of R.E.M., KT Turnstall, Citizen Cope and Steve Earle, among others. Now, with the extraordinary new Blackberry Light, the Mississippi-based troubadour builds his distinctive musical approach employing supple grooves and ambient Daniel Lanois-inspired production to enhance the elemental force of his classic songwriting influenced by Bob Marley, Bill Withers and Dire Straits.
From the dreamlike "Nothing But The Rain," to the shimmering "Picture of An Island," Blackberry Light sees Mars delving deep within to offer insight and a path to self awareness and ultimately transcendence via a gracefully beatific distillation of folk, rock, and smooth acoustic soul. Mars took a modest tack towards overall recording of Blackberry Light, which took place at Austin's Treefort Studios under production prowess of Billy Harvey (Bob Schneider), looking to capture those perfect uncalculated moments where everything just clicks.
Upon the sessions' conclusion, Mars sought out one of his dream collaborators legendary producer/engineer/mixer Tchad Blake. The Grammy-award winner, known for his distinctive work with such artists as Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson and Sheryl Crow, ultimately agreed and helped give Blackberry Light much of its uniquely spacious warmth. Like any songwriter worth his salt, Mars employs his art as a channel towards personal discovery, candidly exploring all the human limitations, from pride and fear to cynicism and self-doubt, that stand in the way of his attaining true happiness. 180g gatefold vinyl with download card featuring 9 additional acoustic tracks.
"Big emotional rock from Mississippi with a knack for hooks, and the hooks here have real barbs: they tug at you and just might draw some blood." - Rolling Stone
Charlie Mars Blackberry Light Track Listing:
1. Let The Meter Run
2. How I Roll
3. Nothing But The Rain
4. Blackberry Light
5. Pacific Oceans
6. Back of the Room
7. I Do I Do
8. Picture Of An Island
9. Sometimes The Sky
10. Great Wall of Chine