Charles Wesley Godwin from the album Seneca available as a self-release
Twenty-six years in Morgantown, West Virginia have seen Charles Wesley Godwin sink his Roots into the Appalachian hills. Charles Wesley Godwin takes and gives from the ground underneath him as he stands firm and proud for his lifestyle while channeling the power of music from musical heritage from the rich soil. The mysteriousness of the Appalachian mountain range has led to assumptions about its citizens, Charles Wesley Godwin seeing Seneca as a way to strike a line through judgments, believing that ‘this album will give people a really good look into what it’s like culturally in Appalachia. People have a way-off view from the outside of what we’re all about, what our priorities are and how smart we are’. Seneca gives a shout out to a shared understanding of bad decisions and good times as a community of voices joins in for the got-your-back chorus of “Pour It On”.
A light touch on the guitar strings and an echoed foot tap are the gateway for “Coal Country”, Charles Wesley Godwin continuing as a guide around his homeland as he drifts back to ‘the spring of ‘49’ with the story of Ruth in “Seneca Creek”, introduces “Strawberry Queen”, trails a wanted man through the hills with “The Last Bite”, and digs deeper into the ‘dirt beneath my feet’ for “Here in Eden”. The honesty in the words of Charles Wesley Godwin come from a place of purity, his words mirrors of personal beliefs, his stories polished to a shine with a clear awareness of life and its living. Seneca follows a heartbeat drum into its opening track, “Windmill (Keep on Turning)”, where Charles Wesley Godwin walks the same land as his grandparents while he offers his hand for a dance on “Hardwood Floors” and takes the stage with a suitcase of songs “Shrinks and Pills”.
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