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 “