Yard Dog Charlie


From the swamp of south west Florida comes “YARD DOG “ CHARLIE playing, writing and singing songs from the heart. Labeling his music is difficult, he calls it “FLORIDA SWAMP MUSIC”. He blends Cajun, zydeco, blue grass, country, folk and rock & roll into a fun uplifting and entertaining sound. 
Along with his keyboard and accordion Charlie is a lifelong musician and, while in the popular Milwaukee based band Hat Trick, performed with C.J. Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Jimmy Buffett. He has performed at such venues as the House of Blues, The Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Ohio’s famous Put-In-Bay. He has shared the stage with U-2, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon and others. Along with being an accomplished musician Charlie has also been a booking agent, national talent buyer and promoter. 
In 2002 Charlie helped found the now disbanded touring band The Yard Dogs, whohave played from Wisconsin to Key West. 11 CDs in 10 years. 
In his solo act Charlie performs many of his own original songs along with obscure but popular cover tunes. He uses backing tracks that he has recorded himself, so what you are hearing is Charlie playing all the instruments. This gives him a real band sound that will make audiences want to clap and dance along. He also brings along shakers and noise makers so the audience can participate. He even invites people to be guest rub board (wash board) players. 
He has released 10 solo CDs in the past 7 years including a 2014 Christmas CD “A BareFoot Christmas”. All have been self recorded and produced in his home studio, “BACK YARD STUDIO”. 
You’ll be amazed at what Yard Dog Charlie can do with an accordion. From a mellow ballad to Ragin’ Cajun Rock & Roll, he’ll hold the audience’s attention for the entire night. He’ll get the audience involved and asking for more. You’ll always have a good time with “YARD DOG CHARLIE “

JAMBALAYA………………………………………HANK WILLIAMS 
BAD MOON RISING……………………….. CCR 
DOWN ON THE CORNER…………………. CCR 
TRAVELIN BAND………………………….. CCR 
OUT MY BACK DOOR…………………….. CCR 
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN?………. CCR 
NEW ORLEANS……………………………. GARY U.S. BONDS 
SQUEEZE BOX…………………………….. THE WHO 
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL……………………… LEDBELLY 
OOH LA LA………………………………… WAYNE TOUPS
GOING BACK TO BIG MAMOU……………..WAYNE TOUPS
JOSEPHINE………………………………… QUEEN IDA 
LOUISIANA SATURDAY NIGHT………… NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND 
MY TU TU………………………………….. ROCKIN’ DOOPSIE 
SLOW DOWN……………………………… THE BEATLES 
DON’T PASS ME BY………………………. THE BEATLES 
MARDI GRAS MAMBO…………………… THE METEORS 
MEMPHIS………………………………….. CHUCK BERRY 
DOWN AT THE TWIST AND SHOUT……. MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER 
WE AIN’T LEAVIN TILL WE’RE HEAVIN.. PORK AND THE HAVANA DUCKS 
RING OF FIRE……………………………… JOHNNY CASH 
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN………………..TRADITIONAL 
DRUNKEN SAILOR……………………………….TRADITIONAL 
SOME KINDA WONDERFUL…….GRAND FUNK RAILROAD 
I WANT YOU TO WANT ME……………………..CHEAP TRICK 
CASTAWAY……………………………………ZAC BROWN BAND 
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE…………………….JERRY LEE LEWIS 
AIN’T THAT A SHAME.. ………………………..FATS DOMINO 
RAVE ON……………………………………………..BUDDY HOLLY 
OH BOY……………………………………………….BUDDY HOLLY 
NOT FADE AWAY………………………………….BUDDY HOLLY
HANDLE ME WITH CARE………………………TRAVELIN’ WILBURYS
WALK OF LIFE…………………………………….DIRE STRAITS
JOLE BLON………………………………………..TRADITIONAL