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Charlie WoodAn astute critic once declared Charlie Wood “the Art Tatum of the B-3,” alluding to his seemingly effortless, yet dazzling technique and the remarkable sense of harmony he brings into his music. The versatile singer, songwriter and keyboardist indeed possesses a rare ability to comfortably glide across a spectrum of musical styles ranging from blue-eyed soul and haunting blues/rock to jazz-inflected pop and all points between. Regardless of the musical canvas, the constant is Wood’s signature smoky and sweet voice, which carries with it the weight of the world in his heart-wide-open delivery.

Born and raised in Memphis, a love for music came early for Charlie. He studied piano from an early age and through college, soaking up the musical doctrine of legendary artists such as Mose Allison, Ray Charles, and Percy Mayfield. Thereafter, he accepted an invitation to take to the road as keyboardist for legendary blues guitarist Albert King, touring across the U.S. and Europe. After King passed away, Wood began recording and performing with a variety of other acts, and eventually performing and recording his own music. During this time he also found time to work as a composer and musical director for theater groups and independent filmmakers.

In addition to establishing a recording career, Charlie has always enjoyed the live performance aspect of his music. “Fred Ford told me a long time ago, ‘Always play with people who are better than you are’,” Charlie recalls, “and I took that advice and have gotten a lot of valuable lessons.” He has for years performed with different players across Europe, and while in England a little while back had the honor of being joined onstage by Robert Plant to sing five or six of the former Zeppelin front man’s favorite Memphis R&B classics: