Charlie Overbey (from the album Broken Arrow)
A son of California, Charlie Overbey has his window facing south for Broken Arrow, his recent release. The songs burst open, sweeping rock’n’roll anthems with a distinct southern sensibility stand between styles, proud of their ability to honor Country and Rock influences. Growing up in Los Angeles, Charlie Overbey received a musical education from his father’s 1947 Gibson acoustic and the music he played. His plan for Broken Arrow was to brand the Alt Country tracks with the same devotion he experienced as a kid worshipping at ‘the school and church of Johnny Cash’. Broken Arrow soundtracks a tale with both the left and third coast represented in “Trouble Gets the Best of Me” as Charlie Overbey gets taken down by ‘Kentucky whiskey and California weed’. He is joined on the song by Eleanor Whitmore (The Mastersons), who returns with her band as The Mastersons comes in on “Outlaws”, joining guest Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers) who shares history and playing for “The Ballad of Eddie Spaghetti”.
Haunted piano chords give way to the ethereal vocals of Miranda Lee Richards (solo, Brian Jonestown Massacre) as she duets on Broken Arrow with “Slip Away”. Charlie Overbey offers vocals that drive the same empty beach roads of Springsteen songs, telling stories over dusty melodies, sturdy rhythms holding on to the gritty western tales. Stark Folk guitar strums are the foundation for Broken Arrow to sing a song for a solider with “Hero in Town” as the album revs up the jukebox for a honky tonk whisper of love with “Last Deep Breath” while Charlie Overbey recalls a rock’n’roll memory as he falls back to time for a summer in “Echo Park”.
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