***UPDATES***

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Once again, with the assistance of my two good friends, Joshua and Marc, recorded and posted another song on YouTube last night - "To Love and Be Loved". Originally composed in 2008 (and found on the Song Samples page) only took about 7 or 8 takes (I kept forgetting the lyrics). Lyrics just posted on the Lyrics page too...

Chas
Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Posted three live recordings on YouTube yesterday: "Train of Tears", "Hoping Endlessly" and "The Truth". Many thanks to my two good friends, Marc Rodriguez (skilled camera operator) and Joshua Rodriguez (Technical Director) for their assistance. Take a listen...(lyrics are posted on the Lyrics page)



Chas Monday, February 16th, 2015

Thanks to my clever son, Josiah, we now have a song posted on YouTube! More to come...check out:

Chas
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

So, you're wondering, where have I been? Well, long story short, my computer crashed on October 2nd, and I was forced to replace it. That is not a bad thing it itself, however, all of my original recordings are on the old computer and I am still not sure if I can recover them. As if that weren't enough, I was compelled to upgrade to a new recording program, Sonar X3 from Cakewalk, and I honestly cannot figure out how to use it! (Yes, I know that I am rather dim-witted with regard to such things and am hard to train). I have numerous songs that I would love to record and post here, but can't even get the sound to work from my pre-amp to the recording program. Fortunately, I have talented friends who can assist, but we all live very busy lives and I keep putting off having one come over to help out. Be patient (if you actually care), I'll get back on track in time. In the meantime, I have resorted to making my own postings in the Guestbook. Actually, I was wondering if something was wrong with the process, but alas, no, just lacking anyone with any interest. (Listen to "Mr. Most Misunderstood"). It is interesting in that there are regular daily visitors from all over the world, quite a number from Russia, the Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries. No one, though, seems interested enough to drop a comment or two. Oh well... Anyway, we had a great time again last year at the Rhythm and Roots Festival in Rhode Island on Labor Day weekend, and the Crescent City Barbeque and Blues Festival in New Orleans in October - always a great trip!! Hey, why not make a comment? Thanks for your patience and understanding...

Chas
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Realized that "Alone" was also in need of some attention. Many of the older songs had numerous tracks that were into the red (distorted) zone and need to be re-balanced. There's only so much you can do to correct that, but they can be somewhat improved. This is an instrumental where the guitar speaks (cries) about the pain of loneliness - something we all experience at times. I feel lonely when people visit the website but don't sign the Guestbook...sob. (It's not a permanent condition).

Chas
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Been awhile hasn't it? I just posted a re-mixed version of "Mr. Most Misunderstood." Kinda forgot about that one and when I played it recently I realized the mix was pretty bad, so here's a better version. I gotta say I like this song, it's sort of a self-portrait. "Despair" is actually only two tracks, guitar and vocal. I intend to add other tracks but at this pace it will probably be another 6 months! So I decided to put it there in it's bare bones state. You get the idea. (It's actually not about what you may think...) I have several others in various stages of completion, but life is just too chock full already, you know? Trying to "seek first" the priorities...

Chas
Thursday, December 5th, 2013

OK. Just posted five new songs that have been in the works for months. Just had to find the time to wrap them up. "Summer Heat" was first inspired by the extremely hot weather (in July?). I didn't add the vocals until just a few weeks ago. "Harp Therapy" is an instrumental featuring the harp (amplified thru my old Stadium amp)...just felt like it. "Tickling Ears" is an indictment of the clergy of Christendom, based on 2 Tim. 4:3. Ask me, I'll explain. "When We Grow Young" is based on the real hope of actually growing young again...based on Job 33:25. Again, ask me. Finally "One Way Street" was originally intended to be a vocal based on the sad situation when love, which is supposed to be a two-way street, isn't. Ended up being an instrumental. If it sounds rather melancholy and mournful...that's why. So, there it is...til the next batch. Check 'em out and comment if you like. Thanks.

Chas
Monday, November 25th, 2013

Had a blast in October at the annual Barbeque and Blues Festival in New Orleans (our second time there). Great music, great food, and right off of the French Quarter - what could be better? Met some blues loving ladies there - Janis, Mary, Elsie and Paddy. Always a guaranteed good time! Several new songs in the works...just sit tight, I'll post them soon... Chas

NOLA NOLA NOLA NOLA NOLA
Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Just put a bunch of re-mixed songs on the Song Sample page. Sorry, been so busy I've neglected to post sooner. I have several new songs in the works, just haven't been able to get to them...hopefully soon. My wife says my singing is lousy, sounds like I'm moaning...let me know if you agree, I'll just put instrumentals here! (Not...)

Chas
Sunday, June 9th, 2013

In honor of the 50th reunion of my elementary school class at Elm Place, in Highland Park, IL, just posted "Elm Place School" - song and lyrics. Check 'em out...

Chas
Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Two new songs just posted are: "Grey Hairs" which was actually originally recorded a few years back, but I apparently never posted it. The phrase comes from the words of the patriarch Jacob who feared the death of his beloved son (see Genesis 42:38). The other song is "Blue Blue". When I get some time I'll post the lyrics. I have about five other tunes in the works, but they're not finished yet...time is precious, isn't it? I squeeze in a few minutes here and there...

Chas
Thursday, March 7th, 2013

It's late, so I won't say much, just that two new songs have been posted. Mad Hatter goes way back to about 1970 - a "Landscape with Cows" tune. Thought I'd get it down for posterity and post it before I croak. The other goes back to around 1996 or so (I can't find a record of when I made my first cassette tape - Kim & Mike, do you know?). Anyway, "Romance" is sort of a pop tune, but reveals the hopeless romantic that I am. Apologies for the recording quality. I've mentioned before, I am not a recording engineer, so that explains the pops and hisses and poor balance of tracks. Just consider them as something from a sketchbook, not a final framed painting. If I ever get back into a recording studio, I'll try to produce a more polished product, ok?

Chas
Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Greetings! Regular visitors will note a number of enhancements to the website recently. Many thanks to my son Josiah for his efforts. In particular he has repaired the damaged Guestbook that had been disabled for an extended period of time due to spam postings. Please feel free to sign in and leave a message. I keep track of website hits and am surprised to find that web surfers from all over the world somehow find their way to this site. To date, there have been visitors from 77 countries!! (Among the unexpected were those from Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalem, Khazakhstan, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Tuvalu, China and Bosnia, among others! A large number of hits come from the Ukraine each month (also Russia). So, hello international visitors, we're glad you stopped by. I have a few songs I'm working on, but very little time to give them attention. Perhaps in January. Anyway, thanks again for your interest. Hoping to hear from you...

Chas
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Just posted three new songs. Spent a few days in Kazakhstan in April...got the Kazakhstan Blues at the airport with a five hour wait. Highlight of the trip was meeting Bro. Robert Panchukovsky from one of the five congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Aktobe (special pioneer).

A word that seems to have fallen into disuse these days; 'sin', was the basis for the next song. The Hebrew word actually means "missing the mark" of perfection - get it?

The last song is rather autobiographical. Would you listen when visited by the messenger boy?

Check 'em out...
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan hat, scarf and vodka (non-Russian speaking visitor...)
Chas
Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Another...song and lyrics..."Come On Home"...based on the April 1, 2012 Watchtower, pages 10-11. Read it at www.jw.org.

Chas
Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Added new song and lyrics..."Enough's Enough"...enough said...

Chas
Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Added lyrics...

Chas
Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Just posted four new songs on the "Song Samples" page. They are:

Back On Track - Loosely auto-biographical...
Final Approach - Thanks to Bill Medina (and Louie Loukas) for the loan of the chimes...makes a great effect.
June Blues - A subtle tribute to Wally...
Pauline - A not subtle at all tribute to Pauline...

I have another couple in the works..not quite done yet...will tell you more if and when I get time. Thanks to Todd Wolfe for the invitation to join in the fun at the Easton Garlic Fest last weekend. We're headed off to the Crescent City Blues and Barbeque Festival in New Orleans next week...mmmm...smell that?

Chas
Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Just posted three new songs on the "Song Samples" page. They are:

Easy On The Eyes - Bluesy, self-explanatory song that gets it's feel from the piano track. Fun and a well-deserved tribute.
Blood Red Moon - The lyrics are virtually all from Scriptures: Joel 3:30-32, Ezekiel 7:19, Luke 21:25 and Revelation 6:12 and 16. Look 'em up...ponder a little. The fulfillment of these verses is much nearer than you might think.
Man of Prayer - Another chance to stretch out a bit on the keyboards. One straight from the heart.

Any thoughts? Be glad to hear what you think...

Chas
Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Here's a video of a live performance on March 26th. The song is Route 22:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k427H3t5gU
The "studio" version is on the "Song Samples" page...but this was fun. Guitar solos by Joe Segarra and Tyler Jones. Bob Waddington on bass and Louie Loukas on drums. Enjoy!
Chas
Wednesday, March 23th, 2011
Back again. Got a couple more songs for you. This time it's:
Linda Lou - This goes back several years, but finally got around to re-recording it to be posted here. Just a silly song with an interesting harp lick...
March Harp March - I really had intended to sing on this one, has an interesting feel. I just couldn't come up with a good idea with lyrics that made any sense, so...yup, another instrumental.
I have several new ideas I'm toying with. The keyboard opens up many new possibilities, despite my limited playing ability! Spring should be good for stimulating new ideas...
Chas
Sunday, February 13th, 2011
Greetings! Hope you've been well, visitors from various locations around the planet!! Just posted five new songs. (More in the works). They are:
Route 22 - For those of you in the Lehigh Valley (or familiar with it), nothing needs to be said. For others, just use your imagination.
Alone - You will probably notice that some of the track for the guitar solo is "cutting out" at times. The jack on my Martin is bad and in need of repair. My buddy Bill at Guitar Parlor in Rieglesville, Pa is gonna correct this problem. Maybe I'll re-record that track later...but for now, it's gonna have to do!
Rebecca - For our dear friend Rebecca, originally from Georgia, who is 102 years old, bless her heart. She'll be 103 in March, and still as alert as ever. I figured, who is more deserving of a song than she??
Bittersweet Blues - You will notice the sound of a mandolin on this song, which is another gift from my stepson, and musical patron, Rich Mains. He kindly provided the mandolin and a set of Yamaha keyboards which you will hear on some these other songs. This is my first attempt at playing the mandolin, and probably sounds like it. (I think it may be slightly out of tune...). Well, it's a start!
Gracedale - Another Lehigh Valley institution well known to the locals. This song was actually first written at least a dozen years ago, but this is the first recorded version to be posted. The "organ" track is actually the Yamaha mentioned previously. I think it adds something to the song that was otherwise missing. What do you think?
More in the works...stay tuned!!
Chas
Monday, December 13th, 2010
Two new songs posted. Both were first started on October 31st, although "Autumn Song" was first written about 15 years ago or so. "Full Moon October Night" is based on the real life story of Sabina found in the September 1st, 2009 Watchtower. Very inspiring account. I have three more songs in the early stages...tune in again soon.
Chas
Thursday, November 4th, 2010
OK, so I've been unresponsive again for awhile...sorry. Just posted three songs, one that was redone. I've gotten better at recording these things, so I may redo some others since my recording skills seem to be improving somewhat. Of course, it's still me, but a little bit of a better version (??). Hey, you gotta be patient with me, I'm a slow learner. I have some other songs in the works, but they need 'massaging', so just sit tight. I have to tell you that I never cease to be amazed at this 'internet' thing. Every month I'm getting hits on this website from all over the world, almost fifty different countries (I'd list them all, but why bother?). A lot of interest from Russia, China and the Ukraine. Somebody from the Ukraine did a massive download of my songs a couple of weeks ago. Probably will start selling them under some ficticious name (Ivan and the Ivettes...). If you see them being sold, or hear them on the radio in the Ukraine, let me know. I'll try to go after the royalties that are due to me. Anyway, I'm flattered that they found them worth the trouble of downloading. FYI...you won't find me on Facebook, or Twittering...not my thing. Someday I might post a song on You Tube, but it won't be today. That's it for now...more songs soon.
Chas
Monday, September 6th, 2010
Just posted another new song (in the Jobim-inspired style). I should have been born in Brazil...
Chas
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Here's the latest. I just posted five new songs on the "Song Samples" page, so take a listen and let me know what you think. I know I've been remiss in keeping up to date, there's so little time and I type so slow...anyway, let's start with:
Recent events: Went to the Brigg's Farm Blues Festival the weekend of July 9-11. It was our first time and it was great - definitely worth adding to "the list". I got a kick out of Lonnie Shields working all day in the barbeque pit, then playing in the evening. What a guy! I'm very pleased to say that we've known him for several years and had fun playing harp with him on occasion. Good stuff! Then, this last weekend we took in Sunday at the Pocono Blues Fest. This is an annual "must do", and we had a great time. Especially enjoyed Alabama Mike and Homemade Jamz with that eleven-year-old girl playing drums...man, she's incredible! Although there was a major thunderstorm in the afternoon, things cleared up and on the drive home the full moon was picture perfect!
Upcoming events: We hope to go to the Riverfront Blues Fest in Wilmington next weekend (8/6 thru 8) with our dear friends Donna and Glen. It's been one of our annual favorites for several years.
Tunes: Let me expound on some of the newest posts a little bit:
- Ruining the Earth - need I explain? The topic is obvious, the title is taken from Revelation 11:18 - look it up. Originally entitled "Unequivically", I completely changed the theme and the lyrics to it's current version,
- Landscape with Cows - Peculiar title, you might think. Actually the name of my band in 1970. The tune tells the story. My buddy Dick Klein still lives in town and we've played together off and on...mostly off. We actually played a version of this song back then, but it was a sad tale about a girl named "Ginger". Just resurrected it and changed the words.
- Rise Again - A tribute to some good people I know, actually about the resurrection (read John 5:28 & 29). ' Nuff said...
- A Full Moon is Free - Another tune recorded in its entirety, then completely changed. A social commentary about the comparative worth of the "faithful witness in the skies" (the moon) and what you can find on the tv. Hey, everyone has an opinion, right?
- It Rained - At the beginning you can hear some "clicks", I decided to leave them in. That's actually my pick hitting the pick guard on the guitar, a bad habit I apparently have. Drove recording engineer Dan McKinney nuts when I was in his studio. He couldn't figure out what it was til he realized it was me all along. Hey, that's how I play!
- Time Traveler - Instrumental that just sort of happened, The title was a spur of the moment decision. I have a hard time naming things sometimes...
- Heart Goes Blue (redone) - A song I've been playing for years, but finally recorded it more the way I've heard it in my head. I'm actually pretty pleased with the way it turned out...
- Sailing Vicariously - Inspired by actual events. My brother-in-law, Eric Metzgar (actually Dr. Metzgar), just survived a harrowing voyage on the open seas in a native vessel with Micronesian Island sailors. It's a great story! He is an anthropologist and video-taped the whole thing. Stay tuned for details as to how you can view this exciting adventure.
- Tapping on a Wine Glass - Actually, not really a wine glass, just a regular glass with wine in it (a wine glass would sound completely different!) Couldn't think of an appropriate type of percussion...then...voila!
- Easton, PA - Was going to enter this in a "your home town" contest I learned about from BMI, then backed out...a true tale nonetheless.
Hey, enough for now. I haven't spent this much time writing ever! Drop me an email some time. Thanks!
Chas
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
OK...I just (I think), posted six new songs on the "Song Samples" page. I'm not sure if they work...give it a try. I'll explain more about some of them later. Several more songs in the works...just need to come up with some meaningful lyrics (that rhyme for the most part).
Chas
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Josiah has now done some major "fiddling" with the website, and it is now my turn to see if I can still add my commentary without completely ruining his diligent efforts. Let's give this a try. Big thanks to Midnight Shift who invited me to sit in with them at the Pig Pen Sport's bar on March 19th as well as the Mississippi Pig Farmer's who also invited me to join the fun at the same venue last Friday, 4/9/10. Here's some photos... MidnightShift MississippiPigFarmers

Chas
Sunday, April 4th, 2010
It appears as if my clever son, Josiah, has fixed the website problem, bless his little heart. So now, many of you are reading this who couldn't previously...(??). I have now added "Ramekins" to my CD Baby account. Go to: www.cdbaby.com

It now goes to 40 other digital download websites. I'll give you some soon...check it out...
Chas
Friday, January 15th, 2010
I can't quite figure out why some are able to access this website, while others aren't...looking for a little assistance. Of course, those who can't won't be reading this...so they won't know that the site is still operating...just experiencing difficulties!
Chas
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Been having some major problems with my pc, and the website. Finally starting to get back on track...7 new songs posted. I'll mention more about them and post lyrics soon...
Chas
Monday, October 19th, 2009
Just added some more lyrics to the Lyrics page. Three more news songs are in the works...maybe I'll get them up in the next week or two...check back...Ciao...
Chas
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
OK...just posted "The Writing on the Wall" on the Song Samples page. Been giving some thought to posting lyrics to these new additions on the Lyrics page...now don't go expecting a massive posting of all new songs, it's just a thought (as if I have a lot of spare time). Anyway, you just might find some of these profound and enlightened words beginning to show up there. That way, when someone decides to steal the songs, they can at least get the words right...
Chas
Sunday, August 16th, 2009
On the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Marcia White of the Easton Express-Times has written a very interesting feature "History beckons, 40 years later" in today's paper. You can read more at the following link:
www.lehighvalleylive.com/today/index.ssf/2009/08/woodstock_40th_anniversary_is.html

She also been kind enough to reference the song written about the occasion "A Long Way from Woodstock". Thanks Marcia!
Chas
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Well, although they're not as good as I'd like them to be, I've posted several new songs on the Song Samples page. Perhaps when I can get around to cleaning them up, I'll post revised versions...(right). I just wanted to get them "out there"...(I fiddle with them endlessly.) We're off to the Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington, DE this weekend...an annual trek. You should check it out some time! More later...
Chas
Monday, July 20th, 2009
OK...so I've been negligent...sorry. I have a whole bunch of songs I'm working on, but not quite there yet. I just posted two on the "Song Samples" page. The second is sort of a 'tongue-in-cheek' dig at some of the Woodstock generation who quickly strayed from their youthful ideals and have pretty much become what they protested against 40 years ago...(this timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of that summer of love). What about you? What do you stand for?Quite a number of those ideals weren't that bad...racial and cultural equality, love for your fellow-man, an aversion to materialism and greedy commercialism, conscientious objection to war, seeing through hypocritical religion and learning to stand up for what you believe in...right? Of course the sexual 'freedom' and use of recreational drugs were youthful experiments that many learned to be injurious.Parenthood helped many to see the value of displaying some self-restraint. Anyway, check 'em out! More coming soon...
Chas
Monday, April 6th, 2009
Check out the five new songs posted on the "Song Samples" page...your comments would be greatly appreciated...
Chas
Sunday, March 1st, 2009
Well..looks like I haven't visited here for awhile! Been a lot going on. After the return from our "Southern Tour" on January 2nd, received sad news on January 6th that my dear old Dad passed away...at the ripe old age of 92!! So...the following weekend we were off to California for a memorial service with the family...all went well. That was followed by layoffs at work...stressful, but I survived that round. Sympathies for who did not...sign of the times, I guess. I've posted two new songs on the Song Samples page - one entitled "Gold" inspired by recent economic events. I actually have about a half a dozen or more songs in various stages of completion, but none are fully cooked, still in the oven. Check back frequently. I've also added a listing of the things used to produce these interesting sounds. Have to give a big thanks to my stepson Rich who has allowed me to use amps, guitars and other various things to make it all happen. Thank you for the support, Rich! So...Enjoy!
Chas
Friday, December 19th, 2008
Ok...added one more today..."South I95"...check it out on the Song Samples page.
Chas
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
Well...after much effort, I've posted two more songs on the "Song Sample" page...check 'em out. Thanks to my next-door neighbor Todd Wolfe and his son Wills who let me borrow a snare drum, you will now hear some actual live drumming on those two cuts, plus a modified version of "Josie." There are several other new tunes I'm working on, but I have a habit of starting songs, and then getting an idea for a a new one, and not completing the others I've started...Most of these have something like six or more tracks. I think 'Josie" has eight tracks.Sometimes I get a little carried away...but it's fun! If you hear something you like, let me know!Thanks!
Chas
Friday, October 24th, 2008
Sorry for the delay. Finally got some new songs posted. Now, understand, I am by no stretch of the imagination a recording engineer...I just do my best to lay down tracks and balance them in a way that seems to work. So please forgive all of the pops, squeals and distorted sounds from poor recording...just try to view these as "sketches" in a musically artistic sketchpad...and imagine how they might sound if recorded in a real studio, with a professional engineer and other talented musicians playing the parts that I'm just faking. (I know that may be hard...but please try...and be kind...) I have several other tunes in the works, but not quite ready to post...stop back occasionally!! Thanks!
Chas
Sunday, September 21st, 2008
Thanks to the enthusiastic crowd at the Riverside Theatre in downtown Easton for the performance at the Open Mic for the Easton Arts Festival hosted by Maria Woodford yesterday afternoon. Showcased three songs: "Clever Song", "To Love and Be Loved" and "Heart Goes Blue", then retired to the Connexions Art Gallery for refreshments and conversation. Resultantly, two gigs may develop... Soon I will post several news songs.. I promise. That evening, we went to Grumpy's to attend neighbor Todd Wolfe's CD release festivities...and added a little harp sound to boot. Todd is soon off to Europe...check out his tour schedule.
Chas
Todd Wolfe
www.toddwolfe.com
grumpys grumpys
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Thanks to all who showed up Tuesday at the Keystone Pub. We had great time - and completely unrehearsed!! Reminder: We'll be back on Tuesday July 29th. Working on several new tunes - hope to post them soon...check back occasionally!

Chas
picture from pub
Sunday, June 8th, 2008
OK...Just posted three new songs on the "Song Samples" page...check 'em out. Upcoming gigs: Chas and Todd at the Keystone Pub - June 17th and July 29th - 9 til Midnight. We did this last year and had a blast...come on out!!
The Keystone Pub
www.keystonepub.com

Todd Wolfe
www.toddwolfe.com

Chas
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
Thanks to neighbor Todd Wolfe for the invitation to sit in with the band last Saturday evening during their performance at the Reigelsville Inn...our visiting guests Donna and Glen seemed to have enjoyed the evening as much as we did!! Digital sales have been increasing nicely! (We're actually selling more songs online, than actual cd's!!) Thanks to our European friends for showing some love...hope you enjoy the music! If you care to purchase a few songs (or the whole album) visit the "Buy CD" page...there are a few links to digital music sites...or go to CD Baby:
CD Baby
www.cdbaby.com/chas

Chas
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
Just posted some new songs on the "Song Samples" page. "Smooth Sailing" has actually been around for several years, but I just did an overhaul to it...sounds better. Listen...for free...download 'em, send 'em to your friends, they make nice gifts...trade them...use 'em as ring tones...let them give you a startling wake up call in the morning...or lull you to sleep at night...or why not just completely ignore them? Do what ever your little hearts desire...they're yours for the taking...(with obvious copyright exclusions...)
Chas
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
A big thanks to the fellas in "Mission Statement" who performed at Porter's Pub Friday evening...very enjoyable performance... and very kindly allowed me to join them with a little bit of harp on several tunes...even handling the vocals on a couple! Lotsa fun! Looking forward to seeing you guys again real soon...
Chas
Sunday, February 10th, 2008
Due to an unfortunate, untimely case of flu, Maria Woodford had to cancel a gig last night and kindly offered us the opportunity to fill in as a last-minute substitute at the College Hill Tavern. Randall and I gladly responded to the challenge and ended up having a very enjoyable evening of musical collaberation. Glad to hear that Maria is beginning to feel a little better...thanks for the opportunity! Couple more songs in the works...stay tuned...
Chas
Thursday, January 17th, 2008
Well...wasn't I surprised to receive a handsome check in the mail from BMI...royalties for playing a song from my CD on a French television station! Guess that makes me a "professional" singer/songwriter!! (I won't be quittin' my day job any time soon...). Put some more new songs on the "Song Sample" page...check 'em out. Anything you find to your liking? Sorry to hear of the passing of an old schoolmate...Jim "Nardo" Altman...been a long time since we had seen each other! Better times are coming...as it is written...
Chas
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
Busy, busy, busy... Several new songs in the works, just can't seem to find time to complete them. Posted one..."A Real Friend" - dedicated to all my good and loyal friends...enjoy! Thanks for being there, this one's for you!!!
Chas
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
If you love Chicago blues...and maybe haven't ever been to Chicago, here's a great website with a tour of Chicago from a blues point of view. Check it out!!
Chicago Blues Tour
www.downloadchicagotours.com

You can spend a lot of time checking this out...but I particularly liked the segments on Maxwell Street and Chess Records under the "It Happened Here" section. We used to go down to Maxwell Street when I was in highschool in the mid '60's and I will always cherish those memories. Those days are, unfortunately, now gone for good. Enjoy!!
Chas
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
Well...if you had tried to visit this website sometime between last Friday evening and earlier today...you would have gotten only an error message!! So sorry... my website host was in the process of performing a migration to a new location, so everything came to a screeching halt for several days. Apparently everything is now back to normal...let's hope! I will say that I'm very pleased that the number of hits to the website continues to grow as well as the digital downloads of songs from the first cd from various websites (now 60!!) which now offer the music in digital format. Thanks folks...those pennies and dollars do add up! Last Thursday had a great time at the blues jam hosted by Sarah Ayers at Club Indulge...some very talented musicians there. Thanks to Jason and Judy from British Columbia who seemed to have an enjoyable evening and took cd's back home to share with others. See you next summer at Musikfest!!
Chas
Sunday, October 7th, 2007
OK...CD Baby has been re-stocked, and thanks to Uwe from Loxstedt, Denmark for buying the first CD from the newly-replenished stock! Just realized I didn't having "Meaning" posted on the Song Samples page...although it's a couple of years old, I had meant to post it...that's been corrected!
Chas
Monday, September 17th, 2007
Second gig at Keystone Pub with Todd was as good as the first! Check back here to see if they ask us back. Let me express thanks to some recent CD purchasers: Mark from Milsons Point, NSW, Australia, Yoshitaka from Osaka, Japan, Arnold from Annapolis, MD, John from Austin, TX, Dianne from Vernon, NJ, Michael from Westchester, PA and Lisa from Park Ridge, IL...thanks folks!! Just posted four new songs on the Song Samples page...check 'em out! (P.S. I just learned that CD Baby has sold out their stock of my CD's again. Hold on...I'm will get some to them shortly!!!)
Chas
Friday, August 10th, 2007
The duo performance with Todd at the Keystone Pub was a blast! We're scheduled back on August 28th, come on out! Thanks to Craig Kastelnik with Bernard Purdey for inviting me to sit in with them at the Deerhead Inn a couple of weeks ago...it was a great show! We're off the the Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington, DE this weekend...ya goin'?
Chas

The Keystone Pub
www.keystonepub.com
Deer Head Inn picture
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Thanks to the folks on the HP '67 Reunion Committee for posting my song on your website...very kind. And thanks to those of you who said nice things about it, too! Enjoyed Todd Wolfe and company this evening at their free outdoor concert at Nazareth Park...great show...and I appreciate the invitation to add some harp accompaniment for some songs, too! Todd and I will be doing a duo performance at The Keystone Pub in Bethlehem from 9 to midnight on Tuesday, 7/31...come on out!
Highland Park High School 1967 Reunion
www.hphs1967.com
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Chas
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Went to the Tuesday night Open Mic at Mezza Luna on the 3rd, hosted by Jake Kaligis. Thanks to Jake for joining me for a couple of numbers...very talented guy! Ok...Posted a new song on the Samples page...(...Plus Forty Years) dedicated to the 40th Reunion of the Highland Park High School (Illinois) Class of 1967...yeah, go ahead and do the math. FYI...this site's version has a slightly different ending... Hope everyone is doing fine!
Highland Park High School 1967 Reunion
www.hphs1967.com
Chas
Monday, July 2, 2007
Busy time! Thanks to Maria Woodford and Jake Heck for the invitations to perform with them - first at Connexions on 6/16, then again last Friday, 6/29...always a treat! A big hi to our new friends from St. Croix, Rolande and Rachelle. We love you and miss you! Also performed with Mance at Wired Gallery in Bethlehem on Thursday for their "Tunes in the Twilight" series (it was supposed to be outdoors but it poured!) Check out the "Drinks" page for a new offering from K.Z. in Georgia...pretty good! Finally, thanks to recent cd purchasers thru CD Baby; Holger Sturz from Sachsen, Denmark, Tom Wise from Seattle, WA (do I know you?) and Joaquin Lopez Diaz from Madrid, Spain. Muchas gracias...or something like that!
Chas
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Played Saturday for Austin Segarra's graduation party, and had a fair amount of fun doing mostly covers of oldie hits...congrats, Austin! Went to Godfrey Daniel's Open Mic tonight and did my thing. Thanks to Mance for inviting me to join him for a number. On my last song, Matt Cochran added his stylistic trumpet playing and did a great job...thanks, Matt! Godfrey's is a great venue, but, honestly, I prefer playing in noisy, crowded places where people are laughing, talking and drinking. I don't do well playing a 'recital'...but I guess I need the practice. After all, there are times when people are actually listening...don't you hate that?
Chas
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Performed at Connexions Gallery in downtown Easton last night at a graduation celebration for Pete Lutz. Thanks to Jake Heck for the outstanding accompaniment. Also on the bill: Dave Cahill, Alex Radus, Gabe Perry, Pete Lutz, Maria Woodford and Brian Molnar. Great evening of music!! From there we went to the Bluetone to hear The Stumble (not knowing who they were). Much to our surprise it was a great band including Arne England and Arthur Neilson...thanks guys for letting me join in on a couple of numbers! Also sitting in on some tunes were Glenn Wasserman, Mike Metalia and Todd Wolfe...what an unexpected treat...we had a blast!
Chas
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Renewed my MP3 License, so I've posted a few songs on the "Song Samples" page...all home-made tunes from my PC...yeah, all those sounds are me. Check back occasionally, I'm gonna post a bunch more...just have to get around to it. Much appeciation to artist Chris Carter for gently nudging me to add them. She has featured one on her new blog website...with apparently more to follow. I'll put the address on my Links page...very talented lady!
Chas
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Been rather bummed since Maria Woodford's last night hosting the Porter's Open Mic was on April 5th. I know Adam will do a fine job of continuing on, I'm just a sentimental sap. Was actually going to go to the Open Mic at Godfrey Daniels tonight, but the torrential, relentless rain has me in a stay-at-home mood. On the bright side, I have a number of new songs I've been working on and recording at home...with some pleasant results. Thanks to Sue at Porter's and Jukka Matsson from Finland for purchasing the cd. Spring has GOT to be somewhere on the horizon...
Chas
Monday, March 26, 2007
Interesting and unusual open mic last Thursday at Porter's Pub. Guest host Pete Lutz did a stunning job of locating a last-minute substitute sound board. Showcased "The Fool"...a song written several years ago, but performed for the first time publicly. Sad to hear the annual Easton Blues Jam will not be continuing this summer...perhaps someone can pick up on it...any takers?
Chas
Monday, March 5, 2007
Did a first recently at the open mic on Thursday at Porter's Pub. Came home in the afternoon with a song in my head...laid down tracks on my Cakewalk program (do I have to say copyright?)...wrote lyrics, laid down the vocal track, then went to Porter's and performed it (didn't even forget the words!). What a hoot...it's called "Superfine"...a forgetable little number...(I think I just wanted to see if that could be done)...whatever...
Chas
Friday, January 5, 2007
Enjoyed sittin' in with Todd Wolfe and the gang at Macungie Pub last Saturday, and then with the Mississippi Pig Farmers at the Bluetone as they closed out the evening...thanks guys! Looks like Kytola Timo from Finland liked the cd so much he bought another from CD Baby...thanks pal!! At the moment, CD Baby is once again out of stock...so just sit tight til we get another box out to them (in Portland). If you'd like a copy of some home-made new stuff, e-mail me at CHASHARP@gmail.com.
Chas
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thanks to Craig Kastelnik for the invitation to play along with his great jazz group at the Sheraton Jetport on Thursday evening (along with the legendary Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on drums). From there, went to Porter's Pub where the talented Jake Heck joined me for a set, including the first live performance of "Blue Will Do." Thanks to the following recent purchasers of the cd from CD Baby: Kytola Timo from Finland, Lucio Sodano from Italy, David Smith from St. Kincardine, ON, Canada and Josue Penna Junior from Brazil. Is CD Baby great or what???!!!
Chas
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Thanks to Todd Wolfe for the invitation to add some harp to the mix on Wednesday evening at the Bluetone. Same sentiments to Mike Dugan for adding some harp to his performance there last night!! You guys rock!! Anybody want to e-mail the folks at LV Music Awards to suggest changing "Chas Chandler" to just "Chas"?? I don't think the Animals dead bass player is performing harp in the Lehigh Valley....(?) Check out www.lvmusicawards.org.
Chas
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Tried something different at Porter's on Thursday...played three new songs...first time for each. One was brand spankin' new, one with roots from 1970, and one from somewhere in between...and actually remembered all lyrics without messing up. What's the chances? Actually went pretty well...I was in one of those moods...
Chas
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Showcased a new song at Porter's Pub on Thursday - "Plus Forty Years". Not an especially memorable evening. Then went to the Bluetone to check out the "new" Thursday night jam...didn't stay...might go back again. Focusing on several new songs in various stages of creation...that's really more appealing to me. If you have any interest in hearing some "homemade" recordings from my PC...drop me an e-mail at harpman@chasharp.com, I'll send you something for the cost of the postage.
Chas
Friday, September 29, 2006
Our very best wishes to Blaze and Lea after their wedding and as they begin their life together. We had an absolute blast performing at their wedding last Saturday! The band consisted of Dan McKinney on keyboards, Randall Smith on guitar and bass, Ken Barry on bass alternating on sax, and Dick 'The Stick' Klein on drums...oh yeah, I'd played too! That's a gig I could really enjoy doing on a regular basis!! All the "Wedding Band" stuff was handled by the DJ, John "Pump" Denny, we just played the blues...and played our little hearts out! Last night was a particularly great open mic at Porter's Pub. Big thanks to Jake Heck for joining me during the two sets played...I'm ready for more...
Chas
Friday, September 22, 2006
Joined Todd Wolfe and company at the Bluetone Wednesday for the weekly jam...appreciate being invited up to join the house band in addition to playing with others, including my buddy John Greenaway...'Mystery Train' seemed to have gotten slightly derailed...but made a nice recovery! Tomorrow is the long-awaited wedding reception for Lea and Blaze...gonna be a blast!
Chas
Monday, September 5, 2006 The gig at the Bluetone on the 26th was great fun..Randy must learn to tame the "electronic beast", though. Nothing on the schedule right now but a wedding reception in a couple of weeks. Thanks to Peter Karp for inviting me to sit in last Sat. Watch this space...
Chas
Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Due to a cancellation, we were invited to perform at the Bluetone last Saturday, and had a real blast. The lineup: Paul Berger on Guitar, Ken Barry on Bass and Sax and Dick 'The Stick' Klein on drums along with yours truly. Must have left a good impression, cuz' Joe called to invite us back August 26th. Ken really raised the roof when he got to wailin' on the sax. Paul filled in on bass. Thanks, Joe! See you again soon...(and thanks to all who showed up on such short notice...)

Chas
Bluetone
Saturday, July 15, 2006 Although things went extremely well Thursday evening at Porter's, I had to skip out right after my set (which I really don't like to do...). I ran over to Union Station Grill in P-burg to join neighbor Todd Wolfe as he finished the evening off. Thanks, Todd...it was great! Tonight Mike and the boys (Midnight Shift) are at the Bluetone. Sounds like the place to be!
Chas
Monday, July 10, 2006 Last Thursday at Porter's Pub was one of those memorable evenings. Maria opened up with three exceptionally beautiful songs. I showcased two new tunes, "Mad Hatter" and "There". Actually, the first tune was first written around 1970 and performed by "Landscape with Cows"...(had to rewrite some lyrics 'cuz I couldn't remember the original ones. ) Then, Jake Heck joined me to perform "Meaning"...all went very well. Have several other new tunes in the works...stay tuned.
Chas
Sunday, June 4, 2006 Yesterday's Easton Blues Jam event at Camden's Canalside was a real success, despite the fact that earlier in the day there were torrential rains. By the afternoon it was cool and comfortable. Thanks to those who came to enjoy the event. Randall and I were joined by Ken and Kathy Barry on bass and drums respectively, and Arlene was invited to join in on violin on a number of tunes. We were followed by the Fat Daddies who showcased their talents with a thoroughly enjoyable acoustic performance of classic songs. Sounds like a good start for what will hopefully become an annual event at Camden's!!
Chas
Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Thoroughly enjoyed hearing Craig and Patty Kastelnik and company last Thursday with the fabulous Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie on drums. Known to many as the most recorded drummer. Check out his website:

www.bernardpurdie.com

Thanks for inviting me to sit in...great stuff!! Had a great turnout at Camden's Canalside last Saturday...Mark Camden said they had to turn people away! We'll be back on Saturday, June 3rd...comin'?

Chas
Friday, May 12, 2006
Porter's got packed last night. Unfortunately Randall arrived too late to join me in my set...wanted to introduce a new song or two...maybe next week. Thanks to Lea for the very gracious invitation to perform at her wedding reception in September...a full five piece performance including keyboards...we're all pumped up! Come see us at Camden's Canalside on Saturday, June 3rd from 4 til 7 - part of the Easton Blues Jam week of events - Quartet - we be jammin'!!
Chas
Friday, April 28, 2006
Decided to check out Phil Stahl's open mic at Tastebuds on Tuesday...very enjoyable time. Just might stop back some time soon. Come see Randall and me at Canalside again on May 20th...think I'll catch some Pacific breezes for a few days...
Chas
Sunday, April 23, 2006 Camden's was fun. We will be back there on May 20th...why not come join us? Thursday at Porter's was just so-so for me...the audience was lukewarm...but did have some good moments. Looking forward to the summer festival season...where are you going?
Chas
Monday, April 10, 2006
Passed on Porter's last week, but thoroughly enjoyed performing both Friday and Saturday at Monsoon Gallery in Bethlehem for the opening of Chris Carter's exhibit..."Fluidity: The Synergy of Lines". All the performances were great and Chris's work is superb...why not stop by and take a look? This Saturday, Randall Smith and I will perform again at Camden's Canalside Resturant on 611 south in Easton....comin'??
Chas
Sunday, April 2, 2006

Although Thursday at Porter's was fun...can't say it was the most memorable evening. At least Jake showed up and lent his talented support to a couple of tunes. Thanks to neighbor Todd Wolfe for inviting me to join in with the stellar performance at Godfrey Daniels last night (it was also being recorded...should be a great cd). Next week is the opening of another art exhibit by the talented Chris Carter at Monsoon Gallery in Bethlehem. Will be sharing the musical chores with Maria Woodford, Alex Radus and a host of others (see details on the Where/When page and see below). The following week Randall Smith and I are back at Camden's Canalside Restaurant south of Easton on Route 611. (See the same page). Time to arouse from winter's hibernation!!

Chas
www.crcarter.com/calofev.html
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Another good evening at Porter's Thursday. Thanks to Paul Berger for helping with guitar on 'The Other Side of 2' and Jake Heck again on 'Meaning'. Thanks to Sonia, Nikki and Tamara for the smooth backup work yesterday at the private affair in Wilsonboro. Watch for another opening for the incredible art work of Chris Carter at the Monsoon Gallery in Bethelem in April...details to follow...
Chas
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Thursday at Porter's was another one of those memorable events. The set by Todd Wolfe, Michelle Glass and Rob Fraser was outstanding. Prior to their performance, Todd joined me for one song, and Jake Heck accompanied me on two others songs during my set...had a geat time! Thanks to Peter Karp for bringing me up to play with him at his Bluetone show last Saturday...very entertaining evening!!
Chas
Sunday, January 22, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised at the very enthusiastic response to my set at Porter's Pub on Thursday...showcased "The Other Side of 2" for the first time. Next Thursday is "Unusual Hat" night...what are YOU going to wear?? Thanks again to Todd Wolfe for inviting me to join the boys at the Bluetone on Saturday...in addition to blowing some harp...also played "The Other Side of 2" there also. Nice harp playing by Big Nancy, too!!
Chas
Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Last week's gigs were both memorable and enjoyable. Todd Wolfe's flying fingers were something to behold last Thursday at the Buckeye Tavern. We shared the singing duties and the audience was extremely supportive. Very nice venue...hope to do that again sometime...had lots of fun!! Thanks to Bart and Denice for purchasing the cd's!! Saturday night the weather forecast was threatening and must have kept some home. Nonetheless we had a blast at Camden's Canalside Restaurant south of Easton. A big thanks to Mark for having us...and Arlene for adding some nice violin accompaniment. I hope word gets out about this great venue...we'd love to go back and pack the place out!! We'll be sure to talk it up next time we get scheduled there! Would like to send "Get Well" wishes to Kimberly...hope to see you back on your feet again soon! Stay warm, everybody...Spring's a way off...

Chas
Buckeye Camden
Friday, December 30, 2005
Last night was the first "Thilly Thurthday" at Porter's Pub open mic hosted by Maria...now to be held the last Thursday of each month. It's a "dress up" occasion...so to speak. Had a good deal of fun, with a minimum of smoke in the air (always a plus for me...) Thanks to Paul Berger for joining me on one song...come on down some Thursday! Check the WHERE/WHEN page on this site for upcoming gigs: Jan. 12th in Macungie with Todd Wolfe and Jan. 14th in Easton with Randall Smith. Good stuff!!
Chas
Monday, December 12, 2005
Had an enjoyable evening at Porter's last Thursday...thanks to Dan and Jake for joining me. I was very happy to receive the original framed drawing by the very talented artist Chris Carter...thanks so much. See the following link:
www.crcarter.com/chas1.html

Last night was an historic event...sort of...the last LVBN blues jam at the Emmaus Fire House (hosted by Roman). Had a good time...prompted mostly by a nostalgic memory of the great jams hosted by the late Al G. The jam is moving down the street to the Owl's Nest...more later. The upcoming duo gig with Todd Wolfe is scheduled for Thursday, January 12th at a venue to be named in Macungie...I'll let you know when I know...see ya...
Chas
Friday, December 2, 2005
Great musical week. Tuesday went to the jam at Macungie Pub, Wednesday to the Bluetone and Thursday to the open mic at Porter's Pub. Just booked a gig at Camden's Canalside Restaurant on Jan. 14...plus, have a duo gig with Todd Wolfe early next year...details later... Just learned that CD Baby has sold out of cd's again...please hold tight, I will try to get them another batch asap!!
Chas
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Mississippi Pig Farmers put on a great show at the Bluetone Friday evening. Thanks for letting me sing and play a couple of numbers with them...and thanks also to the fabulous Black Widow Band who let me join them also on Saturday evening when they, too, tore the place up!! And a thank you to Eiji Kondo from Japan who ordered the CD from Japan thru CD Baby...did you order one yet??
Chas
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Great musical weekend! Thanks to neighbor Todd Wolfe for inviting Michelle Glass and me to join the boys for their acoustic performance at the Raubsville Inn on Friday night (with the multi-talented Charlie Hilbert no less!) It was a real blast. The following link will take you to the website of the extraordinary artist, Chris Carter, who captured the event in watercolor:
www.crcarter.com/chas1.html

Saturday evening we joined Kassi Furman with Vince Mondello and company at Cozmo's...a great venue. Perhaps you may be seeing us there sometime in the future...why don't you mention it to Darlene??
Chas
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Thanks to "Hurricane Mason" for inviting me to sit in with his band Thursday evening at the Jones'n Club in Tulsa, OK. You guys rock!! Fabulous show last night at the Bluetone...Byther Smith from Chicago...the real deal. Looking forward to the Mississippi Pig Farmers gig, Friday 11/25. NEWS!!! You can now buy the cd on www.BestBuy.com!!! Go to:
www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcmcat68000050003type=category

Then plug in "Chas" under search and guess what comes up first?? Go ahead...give it a try!!
Chas
Monday, October 24, 2005
It was an usually great evening at Porter's Pub on Thursday...presented another 'new' song (although it's been around for several years, just not played publicly) - "Old Highway Blues". Enjoyed yesterday's benefit concert for Midnight Shift at the Bluetone. Thanks to the fabulous Mary Hawkins for inviting me to join her along with Don Mayer, Dave, Rob and Glenn Wasserman to close out the evening. Great fun!
Chas
Saturday, October 8, 2005
Full evening...went to the open mic at the Rathskellar Pub in Frenchtown (The National Hotel) hosted by Alex Wolfson...then joined Todd Wolfe and Co. to close out their evening at the Raubsville Inn..(thanks, Todd!)...then went to see the Wily Goats at Pearly Baker's (good stuff) and ended up at the Bluetone...but Craig Thatcher had already wrapped up...went home to a leaky roof and a flooded basement... That was fun!
Chas
Friday, October 7, 2005
Showcased two never-before played tunes last evening at the Porter's Pub Open Mic..."The Other Side of 2:00" and "Someday Autumn Song". Maria is back from her honeymoon...it was an interesting evening. Think I need something new and different...hmmmmm.
Chas
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Did a last minute solo gig at the Bluetone Thursday evening...to a small but appreciative audience. Thanks to Michelle Glass for lending her singing talents. Only did two cover tunes the whole evening...how do you like that? So...now I know that I can actually do that...now what? Well, let's see...any suggestions?
Chas
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Well, the weather was great...the music was fun, but it would have been nice to have a better turnout Friday evening. Thanks to those who did come...hope you had a good time. Thank you to Bob Thena and the Spuds for the invitation...Jo and Andy for hosting the event...and the musicians who joined in; Randy, Bones, Paul and Jim. Keep your eye here for future events...now I'm doing some recording...
Chas
Monday, August 29, 2005
Whew...busy weekend! Started with the open mic at Porter's Pub on Thursday...thanks to Mance for assisting me with his resonator. Friday evening we thoroughly enjoyed Clarence Spady's performance at the Bluetone...thanks for letting me join in!! Saturday was the annual Greenaway Summer Bash...great music, great fun. Then Sunday, enjoyed the music and the opportunity to perform at the annual Guerrero family picnic...played solo, and then with friends...
****Next event...Quadrant Coffee Shop - Friday, September 9th...tell your friends!!****
Chas
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Great jam Wednesday night at the Bluetone. The set with Mike Dugan and Todd Wolfe both playing guitar was unbeatable!! Introduced a new song at Porter's Pub Thursday evening - "Meaning" (I haven't really decided what it will be titled...). Big thanks to my buddy Jake Heck for joining in and filling out the sound with his talented guitar licks. Next appearance will be at the annual "Al G" Fest (Guerrero Family picnic) - Sunday 8/29. Will also be playing at the annual Greenaway Summer Bash on Saturday...looks like a fun weekend!! Mark your calendars...September 9th at the Quadrant again. Hope to see you there!!
Chas
Saturday, August 6, 2005
Fun-packed evening last night. Enjoyed Maria Woodford at the Monsoon Gallery in Bethlehem for the opening of Chris Carter's exhibit (see Links page). Then went to hear Todd Wolfe's set at Musikfest...back to join Maria at the gallery, then did a solo set. Next we were off to Pearly Baker's to enjoy hearing Ron Sunshine (great singer/harp player). Lastly, went to sit in with Steve Brosky at Porter's Pub. Got to sleep WAY past my bedtime!! Watch for information on another event at the Quadrant in September!!
Chas
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Had a great Pocono Blues Fest weekend. Started off Friday evening enjoying (and sitting in with) B.C. and the Blues Crew at Split Rock Lodge, the Midnight Shift at Mountain's Edge...thanks, guys!! Saturday's lineup was outstanding!! Especially enjoyed seein' our friends L'il Ed and the Blues Imperials and John Primer, along with young harp player Dan Beaver. . Had the treat of sitting and talking with Carey Bell between one of his sets with son Lurrie - a true gentleman. Guess it's time to get back to the grind now...
Chas
Monday, July 25, 2005
Friday evening at Pearly Baker's was especially enjoyable...many good friends showed up...the atmosphere was charged, and the weather was particularly nice. I've added a link on the "Links" page to Ken Barry's website, www.wirething.com. Check out this very unique and innovative new type of guitar pick....clever boy!! This coming weekend is one of the summer's highlights - the Pocono Blues Festival...gonna make it?? Maybe we'll see ya there!!
Chas
Monday, July 18, 2005
Ok...bit of a disappointment with the scheduling mix-up at "Friend's Cafe"...but we're still on for Pearly Baker's this Saturday, 7/23. Added a link to the website of Chris Carter - very fine artist...check it out! Thanks to Christian Bassarak and Uda Brinkmann, both from Germany, who recently purchased a copy of the cd through CD Baby... Did you get yours yet??
Chas
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Had a great trip to New Orleans - fabulous food, always great music. This Friday, 7/15 - doing a solo thing at Friend's Cafe - 548 Main Street, Bethlehem - Phone: 610-997-8808 - 7:00 or so...come on out...bring your axe!! Saturday, July 23rd back at Pearly Baker's in Centre Square, Easton. Watch for information on the BLUES TRAIN...
Chas
Monday, June 27, 2005
More fun at Pearly Baker's last Friday...thanks to John Greenaway for joining in and adding some great guitar licks...I'm off to New Orleans for a few days...gotta get me a Hurricane...
Chas
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Had a great time at Pearly Baker's Friday evening...gonna do it again this coming Friday, the 24th...come on down!! Two highlights..."Smooth Sailin" and "Gale's Song"...have you heard 'em?? (If you play, bring your axe...)
Chas
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Big thanks to all who came down to the Quadrant last Friday. The rain held back, we had great fun and even sold some CD's. Thanks, too, to Todd Wolfe for inviting me up to play with his guys at the finale on Sunday. (Thanks also to Mike for letting me play with Midnight Shift Saturday evening at the Bluetone). We will be at Pearly Baker's this coming Friday, June 17th...come on down!!
Chas
Friday, June 3, 2005
Well...had a very enjoyable time tonight. Accompanied Steve Brosky at the Indulge jam and played a whole set with an Ab harp at Porter's Pub, then joined my buddy Mance during his set... This year's Blue Moonshine Band will consist of Joe Yurko on drums, Jeff Van Sandt on bass, Randy Smith and Jake Heck on guitar, Ken Barry on sax and yours truly...rehearsed on Monday and it's gonna be great...can you stop down Friday the 10th??
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!****
Chas
Friday, May 20, 2005
Just returned from my weekly Thursday evening visit to Porter's Pub - Songwriter's Brew. I want to thank Jake again for sitting in on "Gracedale" and "Flood of '04 Blues". Thanks also to Mance who invited me up to play along on Tom Wait's "Get Behind the Mule". Had to leave before the second set.."beddy bye"
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!****
Chas
Friday, May 13, 2005
Great jam at the Bluetone Wednesday. Did a set with my old buddy Andy Kilcoyne (sp?) along with Todd, Rob and Dave. Thursday did Indulge (with Arne) and Porter's where my buddy Jake Heck sat in and did a Jake of a job...(get it?).
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!****
Chas
Friday, May 5, 2005
Just returned from an enjoyable evening at Porter's Pub...showcased three tunes. Thanks to recent cd purchasers; Doak from Tennessee, Manfred from Hamburg, Germany, David from Bedford, UK, Katherine from San Diego and Benjamin from Lake Charles, LA. CD Baby once again ran out of stock, but I just sent another bunch of cd's, so...If you went to CD Baby and they didn't have any, just wait a couple of days...Thanks!
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!
Chas
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Another memorable evening at Porter's Pub Thursday...showcased some new tunes..."Train of Tears", "Slavedriver" and "Perennial Love"...well, not necessarily "new", but never performed publicly before... The very talented Clarence Spady put on a great show at the Bluetone Friday, and very graciously extended the invitation to add some harp to a number of tunes. I highly recommend you see these guys when you get the chance (they will be back at the Bluetone in August).
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!
Chas
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Moving day...Todd Wolfe and clan are all moved in next door. Had a mini-housewarming party with some "Rock and Rye"...good stuff. (Actually was intended to medicate against residual cough and cold...but it makes for nice celebrating too.) Hope to showcase some more new tunes tomorrow at Porter's Pub...will keep you posted...
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!
Chas
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Ooooh...busy week! Featured the new tune - "Moppin' Up Again" with Todd Wolfe and the boys Wednesday evening at the Bluetone, then again at Porter's Pub Thursday evening. Big thanks to Jack and Brenda for the invitation to play at the Open Mic at the Bethlehem Book Loft The Caffiene Cafe last night. Interesting mix of musicians. I've added two additional links on the "Buy CD" page for digital downloads...check 'em out!
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!!***
Chas
Monday, April 4, 2005
Easton got socked with major flooding again...Lehigh and Delaware well above flood stage. Wrote a new song - "Moppin' Up Again" which I hope to showcase Wednesday at the Bluetone and Thursday at Porter's. Had a lot of fun sittin' in with Bob Lanza and band Saturday evening. Big thanks to Laura from Oregon who will be featuring the cd on the dinner train that she runs...thanks Laura!! (She came across the cd on the CD Baby website).
****Gig at Quadrant Book Mart Cafe - Friday June 10th!!***
Chas
Friday, April 1, 2005
OK...so I got lazy and didn't update for awhile...sorry! Enjoyed sitting in with the great Black Widow Band/Larry Lacasta last Saturday at the Bluetone...these guys really play with heart! Used my new Martin acoustic which I purchased from Todd Wolfe last night at Porter's...it's a great guitar, and a great open mic. The latest news is the Easton Blues Jam which is now set for June 3 thru 12 with a finale at Easton's Riverside Park on the 12th...free to the public!! We will once again be performing at the Quadrant Book Mart on Friday June 10th...tell your friends! (Check out www.EastonBluesJam.com).
Chas
Sunday, March 6, 2005
Thanks to DJ Mladen Loncar from Croatia who featured several songs from the CD on his program Monday. Also appreciate Stewart Brodian bringing me into the WDIY studios on Tuesday to record several acoustic numbers...hope to get a copy on cd which I'll make available to anyone interested...four new originals, never previously recorded...(including 'Flood of '04 Blues') Spring is on it's way!
Chas
Saturday, February 26, 2005
On a snowy, cold Thursday, caught the incredibly talented harp player Jason Ricci at the Bluetone. His mastery of the instrument is something to behold. Appreciate his kindness in letting me sit in with his band...although I said my harps don't seem to have all of the notes that his have...if you catch my drift. If you have the opportunity, make it a point to see this guy! Thanks again to the Mississippi Pig Farmers for letting me play with them last night...a bunch of real great musicians! Also good to see Mary Hawkins up and about...she also sat in.
Chas
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Have added a new way to purchase the CD to the 'BUY CD' page...digital download!! You can go to Mperia.com and download individual songs, or the whole CD. Check it out! For the third week in a row, went to Indulge and Porter's Pub Thursday evening...makes for an interesting evening. Thanks to KATO (Craig Kastelnik and Patty) who let me sit in with with them Friday night at Gypsy Rose...then later sat in with Sarah Ayers and her band at the Bluetone...had fun...thanks! The latest strange turn of events...Todd Wolfe and family may be moving in next door...this is gonna be a rockin' neighborhood!! Will keep you posted...
Chas
Friday, February 11, 2005
Well...had just as much fun (or more...) last night at both the Indulge and Porter's Pub as last week...this is gonna become a habit. Thanks to Chuck for lettin' me play thru his vintage Fender...and spring for two glasses of Zinfindel. Maria does a fine job hosting the open mic at Porter's, and I was again able to showcase five tunes. I'm gradually overcoming my natural-born fear of performing solo...even remembering all of my own chords and lyrics!!! ...even sold some cd's...doesn't get much better than that. I want to give a special thanks to the lovely and charming Mari Kizaki from San Francisco who was in town a couple of weeks ago. She was very generous and kind enough to go to the trouble of translating the Japanese review into English for me...I will, when possible, add it to the Reviews page...Thanks, Mari!!
Chas
Friday, February 4, 2005
Had a hoot last night...first at the Indulge jam and Sarah's Ayer's band...then off to the first open mic night at Porter's Pub in Easton hosted by the lovely and talented Maria Woodford. Lots of musical talent all evening, got to showcase five songs as well as jam with Maria, Alex and Mark (?) on drums...watch this place, it's happenin'!!
Chas
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Thanks to Josiah for posting the review from the Japanese magazine; Car Audio - January 2005 issue "Best Style 2004". Now, can anybody translate it? (Maybe I shouldn't ask!). Thanks to Angel Dehesa from Mexico, Claudio Tosatto from Italy and Joost from the Netherlands (see Guestbook) for giving the cd airplay in your respective lands...noticed an increased number of hits to the website, too!! More fun at the club Indulge tonight...did a respectable rendition of "Gracedale", which will no doubt be included in the "next" cd...whenever! Looking forward to Kassi Furman's dinner concert tomorrow evening...will report back later...
Chas
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Interesting evening at the Bluetone last night. Guess the snow kept folks home. No matter...got some good licks in. Jammed with Todd, Dave, Rob, Arne and a bunch of others. Took a crack at "It Ain't Right" (Little Walter), "I Need My Baby" (Big Walter) and "Mystery Train" (Jr. Parker). Even sat in on drums with The Bixbies (Cryin' - Roy Orbison)...thanks Dave, for letting me step in! Thanks to Charlie Bersch for getting the '63 Tremolux back in action...you da man!
Chas
Thursday, January 13, 2005
OK...CD Baby is re-stocked now...go ahead and place your order. Thanks to our new acquaintances from various corners of the globe who just signed into the Guestbook. We need someone from China to visit and sign in...know anyone? Does anyone in China listen to the blues? Had fun jamming again at the Indulge tonight...big thanks to Sarah for her kind words...I think I need to put a link to her website on the Links page...
Chas
Friday, January 7, 2005
***FLASH!!! Just received word from CD Baby that they have once again sold out of the cd. Please be patient while we send them a new consignment...check back in a week or so. Thanks for your understanding!!***
Back to the Indulge last night...did a great rendition of "I'm Ready" with Arne, Sue, Leon and Bryan...(and that guy on the recorder, or whatever it is...). Also a little bit of "Born in Chicago"...and some other stuff. Interesting jam there...place is almost empty, so you can play more...and it's over at 9! This just in!!! Kassi Furman is doing another one of her "Jazzmosis" dinner concerts (and jam) at the Almond Tree Manor in Alpha, NJ - 6:30-10 on Saturday, 1/29. Make your reservations soon!! Price: $32.95/person. E-mail me at harpman@ChasHarp.com for details. (You won't be disappointed!) I won't get into the flubbed performance at Godfrey Daniels last Sunday...I hate it when I forget the words to my own songs...still, it had it's high points...See ya round!
Chas
Sunday, January 2, 2005

Was a "jam-packed" week...went to the Macungie Pub on Tuesday, Bluetone on Wednesday and Indulge on Thursday. Each had it's highlights, but especially enjoyed jamming with Arne and Sue on Thursday. Big thanks to Arne for loaning me the Little Walter biography - "Blues with a Feeling"...fascinating reading!! I count Little Walter as my biggest influence in harp playing, the guy was incredible. A special thanks to the Caio Babies from Japan who sent a copy of first 2005 issue of "Car Audio" magazine which includes a review of the cd. Will post it to the "CD Reviews" page shortly...anybody speak Japanese?

Chas
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Thursday, December 23, 2004
Good jam at the Bluetone last night...enjoyed playing with that guitar ace Randall Smith (he's showcased in several songs on the cd). Dawn Dengler ably handled the drums. Tonight we did it again at the Indulge...again with Randy...assisted by Wild Bill on drums and Leon on bass. Picked up a copy of Sarah Ayers' cd...you should too! Good stuff!! The review of our cd from a Japanese magazine has been published...waiting to get a copy. Can anybody translate Japanese to English??
Chas
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Tuesday was a first...participated in the blues jam at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia hosted by old pal Randy Lippincott. Had a very enjoyable time!!! Great venue...fabulous food (had the dry-rubbed ribs...mmmmm!)...nice set up and terrific sound system. Thanks to Randy...the guys I jammed with... and Joey for letting me play thru his vintage Gibson. I think I'd like to do that again some time...(although that's a bit of a hike from Easton!). Got a check coming in the mail from CD Baby...seems as if the cd has been getting some mp3 play...that's a pleasant surprise!
Chas
Sunday, December 5, 2004
Enjoyed a good jam at the Bluetone on Wednesday. My buddy, John Greenaway came and tore things up real good on guitar. Went to a "Re-Housewarming" party yesterday for our friends Jerome and Denise, to assist in their recovering losses caused by the Flood of '04...had a great time. Jerome was mentioned in the lyrics of the "Flood of '04 Blues" (see the Reviews page). It's true, they DID lose two cars in the flood, I just saw the photos. Also learned that (Brother) George Benson wrote a song for their wedding. How is it they seem to inspire songwriters? I'll have to see if I can get a copy of the cd to George!! Maybe we can get together and jam...
Chas
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Another good jam at the club "Indulge" in Allentown tonight. Suavek surprised everyone with a Polish rendition of 'House of the Rising Sun'...Sarah Ayers does a good job of keeping things interesting. Looking forward to the coming holiday weekend...probably end up at the Bluetone to see Mary Hawkins with the Mississippi Pig Farmers. I've got some more new songs in the creative stages...where should I launch them?
Chas
Monday, November 8, 2004
We were happy to be present for one of the first appearances of Mike Mettalia's new band "Midnight Shift" Friday evening in Easton...great job Mike and company!! Thanks for inviting me to sit in and do some "Walter" stuff...both "Big" and "Little"!! From there we stopped by the College Hill Tavern and enjoyed the Rockabilly Rebels...who certainly were not limited to rockabilly...Hendrix, Cream, Stones, Z.Z. Top...I knew these guys could play the blues...so they DID (with a little bit of harp assist). Sunday, the LVBN jam at Emmaus was interesting as usual...showcased "Flood of '04 Blues" to an appreciative crowd. Thanks to Luc from Viroflay, France and Tom from Union, NJ...recent CD purchasers...did you get YOUR copy yet??
Chas
Monday, October 25, 2004
Had a great time at the benefit concert held at the club Indulge in Allentown Sunday for Mary Hawkins. Even though her band is representing the Lehigh Valley Blues Network in next year's International Blues Challenge, there was a disappointing lack of LVBN presence there. I even heard that they held the weekly jam at the same time...can't quite figure that. Maybe somebody can straighten me out! A lot of great music, and was glad to have had the opportunity to lend a little harp support. Big thanks to Al Wanamaker for playing a good portion of my cd between sets. I understand they're gonna schedule another benefit concert before end of the year...how about a little more support?
Chas
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Just returned from a wonderful (12) day visit to Spain and France. Great weather, great food, great people... Big thanks to Shane, Mar and Mar's folks in Sitges, Spain for the kind hospitality and unsurpassed generosity shown...can't wait to return!! Paris was indescribable!! Crammed in an unbelievable amount of "tourism" in about four days!! Learning to maneuver the Metro was extremely useful...zipped around from the hotel to Champs to Monmartre to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Orsay...Versaille, etc. etc. So sad that the "Front Page" blues club has closed...pity... We were overwhelmed by the generosity and warmth shown to us by Lysday and Ghislain...thanks so much!!! Oh well...back to reality... (Life may not be the same!)
Chas
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Very good jam at the Bluetone on Wednesday...I think everyone needed a little relief after the brutal beating we took from Hurricane Ivan... Many thanks to Todd, Dave, Ken and Joe who assisted in the showcasing of "The Flood of '04 Blues" which we played for the first time...went pretty well, I thought...was fun, at least! Much to my surprise, Kurt, who played drums that evening, is also a reporter for the Express-Times, and wrote a very complimentary piece which was published in Sunday's paper...thanks Kurt!! Had the thrill of playing with Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials...those guys really rock!! Hope to have some photos to showcase here soon... If you haven't seen these guys, you owe it to yourself to catch them the next time they pass through the area...
Chas
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Aftereffects of Ivan wreaked havoc here in Easton...we had no power for 2-1/2 days. Floodwaters of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers and Bushkill Creek overflowed and caused considerable damage. Jammed with B.C. and the Blues Crew Friday evening...got home after midnight, and then the thunderstorms began. Rivers continually rose until Sunday...now it's all mud. The website server was also down on Monday...so, if you tried to stop by...we weren't there!! Anyway, wrote a blues song about it...plan on showcasing it tomorrow night at the Bluetone jam...
Chas
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Had a great time Friday evening at the Quadrant in downtown Easton. Many thanks to Jo and Andy for inviting us back for this FIFTH annual appearance...kicking off this year's Easton Blues Jam. Thanks also to Bob and Oli, this year's promoters...you're doing a great job!! Looking forward to future successes!! This year's participants: Jake Heck, Randy Smith, Louie Loukas, Bill Tanner and Chris Gannon...with special guest appearances by Tara Gannon and Kassi Furman. Everyone played their hearts out and the ladies really tore it up!! For all who showed up and gave us enthusiastic support...thanks so much (and thanks to Anthony for coming up and singing with us...in F sharp!!). We will let you know when next year's festivities are scheduled!!
Chas
Thursday, September 2, 2004
Hmmmmm...so what's new? Gearing up for the annual Quadrant gig on September 10th opening up the 5th Annual Easton Blues Jam. I believe we are the ONLY act that has played EACH year during this event...(you can correct me if you like...) Hoping that Hurricane Francis doesn't rain us out...Went to the LVBN Jam in Emmaus last Sunday to showcase three brand new songs (acoustic guitar, vocal and harp in a harp-rack). Nobody threw anything...broke a string...I'm sorry, but I miss the Al G days...Went to the jam last night at the Bluetone...nothing outstanding to report...thanks to Glenn for preventing a trainwreck on the last song...seemed as if everyone was playing a different song at the same time...much thanks to Dave Hollingsworth and Rob Frazier...you know a great rhythm section can save almost anything!!! Going to Spain and France the end of the month...and yes, I'll be playing...counting on my buddy Vicente in Barcelona to come through...details with video at 11:00...
Chas
Monday, August 9, 2004
Had a great time at the Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington, DE this past weekend...too much to relate!! This is one of the best festivals around folks...$15 for two days, fabulous lineup, good location... check it out next year! I was overwhelmed by the positive review just published by Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro posted at www.Mary4Music.com...it's great to see credit given to all the talented musicians who poured their hearts into the making of this cd. In fact, I'm so blown away by it...I thought I'd look into adding a "CD Reviews" page on this site so you can read some of the nice things Peter and others have written about the cd...keep checkin' back!! Spoke with Larry Holmes Friday evening and may be able to convince him to book a blues act at his Ringside Lounge during the Easton Blues Jam...we'll be at the Quadrant on Friday, September 10th...hope you can make it!!
Chas
Sunday, August 1, 2004

Enjoyed sitting in with the Mississippi Pig Farmers at the Bluetone on Friday and Slim and the Maxwell St. Band at the Wardell on Saturday. Big thanks to Van Whitmore for playing music from the cd on Saturday's 'Bluesville' program, plus some very kind words!! You can catch him on various blues programs on WDIY... Visit www.WDIY.org and enjoy the streaming music... Also was very pleased with the complimentary review of the cd by Rick Beall at www.BluesHarp.org...check it out! (You can add your comments if you like!). Got several new tunes developing...what to do with them?

Chas
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Sunday, July 25, 2004
Saturday at the Pocono Blues Festival was a real treat! Despite negative reports, the weather was great. Big thanks to Dave Grogan with Effects Unltd., who graciously played six tracks from the cd between sets at the main stage. Afterwards, went to Mountain's Edge and had the treat of jamming with Nora Jean Bruso, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie Vaan Shaw and the Wolfgang and Billy Branch!! Then Kenny Neal and Lonnie Shields joined the fun. Bobby Rush and friends were also there...great time! Now we're looking forward to the Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington in two weeks...going??
Chas
Friday, July 23, 2004
Lehigh Valley Blues Fest was a great success (as expected). Especially enjoyed Deborah Coleman and Big Bill Morganfield...congrats Dave Small!!(Had the privilege of sitting in with them...). NEWS item: Easton Blues Jam - September 10 thru 19th. Will once again be performing outdoors at the Quadrant...details to follow!! Planning a trip to Spain with possible performances in Barcelona and Paris...will advise. Even though the weather is looking VERY uncooperative...looking forward to the Pocono Blues Festival this weekend...hope to see you there!! If I get in the mood, might join Charlie Hilbert tonight down in Easton...hmmmm...
Chas
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Was pleasantly surprised that, despite the rainy weather, the jam at the Lehigh Valley Blues Fest went on anyway last night. Even though I arrived late, want to thank Glenn W. for getting me right up...had fun, and Glenn did a great job of making something out of less than ideal circumstances! Looking forward to a great weekend with Tommy Castro, Sue Foley, Deb Coleman, Janiva Magness, Big Bill Morganfield and others!! Thanks to Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro who will be reviewing the cd for the Mary4Music website... It's a treat to have someone who is a contributing writer for BluesWax.com and Big City Blues magazine (among others) giving attention to the cd...watch this space for details or visit www.Mary4Music.com!! Getting anxious to record again...any wealthy benefactor who is interested in funding another cd project, just contact me...I'll give you special rights for the production!! (Hey, it's worth a try...)...Blues blessings...
Chas
Monday, July 5, 2004
Glad to have Todd Wolfe back to host the jam at the Bluetone last Wednesday...great jam! Thanks to Adrian who continues to act as my downtown 'agent', selling the cd with her Watkins products...go visit her in Centre Square some Saturday AM. Thanks to recent purchasers Claudia in Dorral, Quebec and Markus in Lotte, Germany...(Claudia bought two!!) Also...Tony from Metairie, LA and my first cd sale to someone in Italy...Salvatore from Monzese, MI, Italy!! Grazie!! Best wishes to Richard and Judy as they continue their 'tour'...He's a blues PLAYER but he's NOT singing the blues! Keep doing what you're doing with passion, love and dedication...
Chas
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Sad to hear Cookie Holley, indie music advocate, passed away on June 15th...was glad to have made her (e-mail) acquaintance while she was here...(see her Guestbook entry last October). Thanks to Michel Rochette - 10,000 Blues in Canada for continuing to play the cd. Also, congratulations to Shane and the lovely Mar from Sitges, Spain on their recent marriage...enjoyed meeting and enjoying the company of two other visitors from Spain...the lovely and charming Pip, and the suave and debonair Gabriel..(and HI to Pip's dad who apparently is a bass player from the U.K. - gonna have to get together and jam!) Came across a great blues/indie music website (thanks to the Guestbook entry). Check out www.Mary4Music.com!! You can spend many hours of happy browsing... Coming soon...more photos and maybe even video!
Chas
Saturday, June 12, 2004
It was good to see, and jam with, our old buddy Mike Gulden (from Rollin' Tumblin') Wednesday at the Bluetone. Looking forward to the release of his new cd very soon (with some VERY special guests!) Had fun sitting in with the Mississippi Pig Farmers last night...Glenn and Arne at their best, as usual... Many thanks to Terry Iredale, TECKA's TRACKS - Victoria, Australia, who continues to give the cd airplay...you da man!! Anybody ever read the Guestbook?...go ahead and say something! Adios for now...
Chas
Sunday, May 30, 2004
Good jam at the Bluetone Wed. evening... Enjoyed the performances by Tad Robinson and Jimmy Johnson at Mayfair Friday evening...it was a pleasure meeting and speaking to Mr. Alex Schultz afterward. Other concert plans we had for the weekend fell through due to various circumstances...so...went to the Lehigh Valley Blues Network jam at the Emmaus firehouse tonight...good to see and jam with some of 'the guys' again, (Jack Adams, Roman, Bobby Soul, Jed, and others...) Have to admit I was somewhat 'miffed' that the cd did not get reviewed in the latest issue of the LVNB newsletter (I've been assured that it will be next time). I'll get over it...renewed my annual membership anyway...(got to continue to support the blues, right?). If you'd like to read a VERY favorable review of the cd, go to http://es.geocities.com/zumel/criticas.htm. Big thanks to Vicente Zumel from Barcelona, Spain whose very kind and supportive words were an unexpected treat. I consider it a real privilege to have received a "GREAT" rating from this very knowledgeable and devoted blues lover!! Thank, Vicente!! Somebody want to sign a new entry in the Guestbook? Rob from the Netherlands has been there too long! (He did get a copy of the cd for airplay...) Stay cool...
Chas...out!
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Well...I went ahead and entered "High and Dry" in the Newsong Festival Contest...if deemed worthy, that'll mean an invite to perform at the festival in Charles Town, WV in August. Check out http://newsongfestival.com. If not, I'll be at the Guerrero annual picnic "fest"... Thanks to some recent cd purchasers: Jim from Anderson, IN, Eric from Haleiwa, HI, Jamie from NY,NY, Brian from Edinburgh, Scotland, Douglas from Simpsonville, SC, Tryce from Centenial, CO, Chas from Redondo Beach, CA and on and on... Have to express a deep debt of gratitude to Derek Sivers from CD Baby for all the incredible efforts he is putting forth for the benefit of independent musicians...because of the CD Baby connections, the cd is getting extensive marketing...which also translate into sales! Great work, Derek!!! Keep pluggin' away!!
Chas
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Thanks to the folks who purchased the cd at the yard sale on Saturday...makes for good background music while you're going through those classic 33 rpm lp's or recycled curtain rods... Thanks also to Mike Dugan for inviting me up to play with him that evening at the Bluetone...he even plugged the cd! Mayfair's coming up soon...got to make it the 'Blues Night'!! See ya there!!
Chas
Friday, May 7, 2004
Had an interesting week...last Thursday my PC "bluescreened"!! Got a new Dell...hooked it up...back in business. Yes, Dell you may now pay me for the public endorsement... Mulling over entering the 2004 Mountain Stage NewSong Festival Song Contest...I'll keep you posted...think I'll enter "High and Dry"...(song has to be under 4:00...most of mine AREN'T). Thanks to Tecka's Tracks in Australia for continuing to play the cd... Festival season's starting...where ya goin'??
Chas
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Last Saturday at the Bluetone...The Dave Gross Band...watch this young man, he's going places! Matt Mousseau on drums and Arthur Neilson on bass (yes THAT Arthur Neilson)...great stuff!! And I really appreciate their not throwing me off the stage when I joined them with a little bit of harp playing! Sunday we thoroughly enjoyed seeing Curtis Salgado...(who called the next morning and had a nice chat with Janet while I was at work, but's that's another story). Congrats to Mary Hawkins for winning the competition to represent the LVBN at the Int'l Blues Challenge next year in Memphis..you go girl!
Chas
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Well folks, you can now check the cd out from the compact disc section at the Easton Area Public Library (for those of you too cheap to buy one...). From the music of hundreds of independent artists, Ars Nova has selected "C.E.O." to be included in "The Hottest Independent Artists Volume 7: The Blues" compilation. Watch this space for more info... Big, big thanks to Gi Dussault, WVOF 88.5 Fairfield, CT for including "Moonshine" in the playlist for "The Upper Room" which received airplay 24/7 for 10 days...whew...that's a lot of airplay!! You can visit www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com. Sent another cd to Spain today...keep watching this space...
Chas
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Got the tax payin' blues? Go support live music! (It'll help get your mind off it...). Saw a great band in the blues capital of the Northeast (Towanda, PA) over the weekend...Curtis Winchester Band...great stuff!! Check out www.TheCurtisWinchesterBand.com. Sent cd's to Netherlands and England this week... I've got the urge to play...guess I'll go check out the Gary Rissmiller Quintet tonight at Pan' e Vino in Bethlehem...these guys will knock your socks off!! (serious jazz)...later...
Chas
Thursday, April 8, 2004
Interesting jam at the Bluetone last night...not one that will stand out in my memory as a 'favorite'... Was more fun playing with the 'Mississippi Pig Farmers' last Friday... Want to say thanks to DJ Jos Potting from the Netherlands for playing 'C.E.O.' on Tuesday. Also, thanks to Douglas Rapier in Taiwan for playing 'Pond Scum' and offering an invitation to perform in the music festival in Taiwan this coming Sept/Oct...(we're mulling it over...). Guess there's an appreciative blues/jazz audience over there...ain't it great?? Somebody sign the 'Guestbook' and say something eloquent...insightful...esoteric...profound...coherent...whatever...(anything better than this)...
Chas

I've 'cleaned up' this Update page and removed a bunch of entries...left some of the more interesting ones... Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Just got back from an abbreviated visit to sunny southern California. Congrats to my folks on their 60th Wedding Anniversary!! Had a great time jammin' at the LAST Thursday night blues jam at The Classroom in Northridge (L.A. area). Thanks, guys...wish you the best! ALSO...jammed with a great Dixieland band - "Main Street Jazz" (yeah...I can get into that too!!). Very pleased to see the CD Baby sales are taking off. If you haven't visited www.cdbaby.com, do yourself a favor and check it out. Thanks to B.C. the Blues Crew for letting me sit in with them a couple of weeks back at the Bluetone...these cats are pros! Sent one cd to Italy and another to France today...check back for more updates...
Chas
Sunday, February 22, 2004

Had a great time playing with the guys at the Blakeslee Inn on Friday. Very nice venue with fabulous food! Watch this space for future gig announcements. Happy to hear that Baby Gremlin and Baby Magic continue to play the cd in faraway Japan...thank you ladies!! Just added Belgium to list of faraway places (now numbering 17) where the cd has gone for airplay...(I'm not including California and Oregon, altho they ARE far away...) Actually, over sixty cd's have gone to various dj's for airplay...I think about 50/50 domestic/foreign...I'll have to make a comparison).

On a sad note, just learned that Jimmy Lawrence passed away on Feb. 9th. He was a great singer and truly a fine gentleman, a major loss to the Lehigh Valley music scene... (You can turn to John 5:28 29 for some comfort...).

Spin 'Early in the Morning' for some fine memories...

Chas
Monday, February 9, 2004

Not a lot new to report. Weather has been a real bummer...think I'll head south. If you're reading this and you're anywhere near Charleston, SC...check out the 'Low Country Blues Bash' goin' on right NOW. Our buddy Shrimp City Slim has been puttin' this together for several years now...you won't be disappointed. Just might show my face... Big thanks to French Blues DJ Francis Rateau of 'Hot Time' (www.couleursfm.com). Wrote a very nice review of the cd in 'Crossroads' magazine. I'd love to check out the blues scene in France personally...hmmmmm.

Chas
Friday, January 23, 2004

OK...the jam at the Bluetone on Wednesday was from the Twilight Zone...ended up alright, but a strange journey... The BIG NEWS: Met, spoke with, got a photo and left a copy of the cd with Mr. B.B. King last night...(we go waaayyy back... to about 10:15 pm) A real gracious and kind gentleman...and a real thrill to meet such a 'living legend'. Mary Hawkins also met the man...will have to hear her story... Big thank you to Australian dj's Phil Knipe (Kind of Blues) and Geoff Pegler (Blues Beat) for continuing to play the cd in the land 'down under'...(gonna have to get down there some day...). Big night tonight...Slim Co. at the Bluetone, Thom Palmer at Pearly Baker's, Charlie Hilbert at Porter's Pub and Wolfe at the Riverside...gonna see how many I can catch!! I'll let you know...

Chas
Saturday, January 10, 2004

Had a nice little vacation in Niagara Falls...visited a great blues club in Buffalo, the Lafayette Tap Room (the band could have been better...) Back to reality...good jam Thursday at the "Bar with No Name" in Bethlehem. Highlights, Michelle Glass and Mary Hawkins...altho I didn't get to sing a set, just played (it's a vanity thing...I have more fun when I sing AND play...I'll get over it.) Thanks to all the guys playing songs from the cd: Ian Angus in Canada, Eric Black in Australia, and now have two new contacts in France who have offered very supportive words, and will be scheduling airtime soon... I'll give you some great websites to check out next time...Later...

Chas
Saturday, December 6, 2003

Got lots to say... Great new jam at the "Bar With No Name", Holiday Inn, Bethlehem on Thursday. Glenn, Todd, Suavic (?) and Dave as host band. Many thanks to Mitch from 99.9TheHawk who hosted. Was very pleased to meet Van from WDIY who spoke very highly of the cd and has been giving airplay on his Monday evening blues show. Also big thanks to Vicente Zumel from Barcelona, Spain for his very kind review of the cd and addition to his playlist. This guy has a GREAT website...check it out at http://es.geocities.com/vzumel. Thanks also to Terry Iredale/Tecka's Tracks HOT 106.7 FM from Australia. Offered some very complimentary remarks about the cd and also is scheduling it for airplay. Finally, check out www.RoyalJam.com for some very nice promotional info on a great number of local blues artists. Was very pleased to read the nice write-up on the cd. Check it out...(thanks Mike). Well after about 12" of snow today, shoveling, then lying around the cabin, I'm ready to jam!

Chas
Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Much thanks to DJ Kruno from VFM Radio (Boom Boom Blues) in Croatia who ended his Sunday evening blues program with three songs from the CD. Hi to Michiko and Chris from Japan who have received their copy and are planning on giving it some airplay there. Have also furnished copies to DJ's in Germany, Spain, Australia and Alaska (with many more to be sent). Stay tuned and I will notify you when they have added it to their playlists. Found a great Yahoo group which allows me to make contact with blues people all over this big beautiful globe!! It's truly great how people all over have a real appreciation for this music. Congrats to all the winners of the LV Music Awards, in particular, all the talented people who participated in my project, including Todd Wolfe, Gary Rissmiller, Mitch Shelly, Dave Ferrara, and of course, Dan McKinney. You deserve the accolades!

Chas
Thursday, October 30, 2003

( I decided to change the colors)...As of today, the CD is now licensed with BMI...I'm just sitting here waiting for those royalty checks to roll in...(ha)...Congratulations to B.C. and the Blues Crew for having one of their tracks included in the latest cd sampler accompanying the new issue of 'Blues Revue' magazine!! It's a real thrill to have some Lehigh Valley blues musicians included in such an 'elite' collection!! Movin' on up!! Wolfe did a great job last Friday evening at the Bluetone...recorded live by Lakestone Remote Recording Services (Karl Frick). Looking forward to how that may be released. Even managed to add some harp at the end...thanks, guys!! Check out http://diggintheblues.ch website - blues band from Zurich, Switzerland. Yup...the blues is all over the world!! Gotta go see 'Browntown'...talk to you later...(I like that limerick so much I'm gonna leave it there for another week!)

Chas
Sunday, October 5, 2003

Thanks to Kjell Andreassen in Denmark, we now have contacts in Norway, Germany, Croatia and Slovenia!! So...stay tuned, we'll let you know how we progress as we spread the word about the CD across Europe. Am glad to hear that Kjell has received his CD, enjoys it, and is planning on giving some airplay in Denmark. Thanks a bunch!!
Enjoyed the PBS series on the blues...I have some mixed feelings about the various programs...anybody else feel a little disappointed? Just one example, was really turned off when Clint Eastwood asked Pinetop Perkins to play 'Pinetop's Boogie', and then they cut away to some other cats...what was that all about? Give this guy some respect!! Sorry, I'm just venting. If you have any comments, let me know! Talk to you later...

Chas
Monday, August 18, 2003

Whooeee...what a weekend! Went to the Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington, DE. Despite some rain on Saturday, it was a great event! A big THANK YOU to Debbie and Will with Misty Morning Productions who graciously played three songs in a row from the CD between sets on Saturday. (I think it was between Bernard Allison and Lonnie Brooks...but I'm not sure). Anyway...had the thrill of jammin' with: Elvin Bishop, Lonnie Brooks, Sandra Hall, Lonnie Shields et al at the "after the festival" party at the Wyndham Saturday night! (Yes the stage WAS a bit crowded!) Sandra Hall can REALLY belt out the blues! Sunday was also a blues-packed day...including Little Charlie The Nightcats, Magic Dick/Jay Geils and winding up with the legenday Otis Rush. Check this one out next year folks!

Chas
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
FLASH!!! Ladies and gents, boys and girls...'twas a beautiful day in the Lehigh Valley, lovely weather, tonight is a new moon, and...today the CD's arrived!!

Yes, they are finished and available for distribution!! Ok...form a line, don't push, don't shove. There are plenty to go around. Those of you who will be receiving a gift copy, please be patient. I will be mailing them out progressively over the next few weeks. Those who have purchased will be given priority. Thanks for your patience!! Copy #1 was mailed to Jen Bickford of Bangor who placed her order in May. Musicians that I see will receive their's on-the-spot... Berne Anderson at "Essentially British" has an alotment, so if you are local, you can head downtown to Easton to make a purchase. Made a horrifying discovery last night...Venessa Lovell's name is not listed among the musicians on the CD. I was heart-broken. She, along with Kassi Furman, did the background vocals on three songs - and a great job at that! (Her picture appears on the Photos page). I'm truly sorry for the oversight, and if a second batch gets ordered, I will see if I can correct that mistake. Thanks again for your kind patience. You can find purchasing info on the BUY CD page. Talk to you soon!!

Chas

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