Minutes from Midnight
IAN CHARLES 'minutes from midnight'... 'Is a CD, preaching musical salvation through thought-provoking poetry that recalls the heyday of Dylan, Guthrie, and Kerouac'. ~ Independisc.com 'An acoustic blueprint introduces the foundation of the song. Lyrically and melodically driven Singer/Songwriter, Ian Charles' 5th CD since 1995. On this journey he's surrounded by ghosts of Americana in 21st century America. With Dobro, Slide guitar, Light percussion and atmospheric vintage keyboard textures carrying the listener through moving, mellow, smoky observations of poetics and people' ~ Folkweb.com It has been said... 'There is a daring promise of the day beyond tomorrow'. 'Minutes from Midnight- The NEW album from singer/songwriter IAN CHARLES- He's following the remarkable critical success of 2000's 'Wishing Street' and the subsequent 'LIVE at The Puppethouse- Solo Acoustic' EP, in 2002. Ian further fulfills that promise to himself, his past accomplishments and his past, present, and future listeners with an album that includes 13 amazing new originals. Kind of like... 'Ballads, Blues, and Boasters for 21st Century America'. 'There is an obvious continuity from his former incarnations as a Springsteen/Mellencamp/Robbie Robertson type of songwriter and performer with a strong southern gospel and Memphis blues vocal influence. Though there is a unique and individual entity at play that is both mysterious and engaging to both listen to and watch. Either performing with his full band or as a 'solo acoustic' in the most intimate setting of a coffeehouse. As he sings the stories, observations and reflections of their lives and his own. He is almost one on one in his 'in person' persona. Outside the confines of any particular venue, Ian Charles' music connects. It's electricity is obvious and is fully his own but generously given'. Kelly McManus- 'Some Rebellion'-(abridged commentary) EyeSee Music Message Board Ian Charles ~ Minutes From Midnight (ESM334578) EyeSee Music 2004 / ASCAP. All Rights reserved. Cover Art by Jim Ward Morris jimwardmorris.com.