Making a Scene Presents Gerry Casey’s Interview with Charlie Bedford
The music business long term survival depends on young blood entering the business. The blues is normally a genre for the more mature artists, so it’s really exciting to see young artists of the age group and obvious talent that Charlie possess becoming a part of the business and bringing their own original and innovative ideas to the genre. Sometimes change can be resisted in a long standing genre such as the blues. But nothing could be further from the truth. At the tender age of just 16 Charlie represented his country ( Australia at the international music awards in Memphis Tennessee)
Charlie Bedford is a guitarist/vocalist from Melbourne, Australia. While a young artist Charlie journeyed to the USA in 2017, ‘18 & ‘19 to perform at the International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase in Memphis, representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society.
Charlie returned to Memphis in 2020 for the IBC & performed again in both Nashville & Muscle Shoals. Home in Australia, Charlie has played alongside & been mentored by some of the biggest names in the local scene, artists such as; Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few.
Charlie’s first solo release “9,500 Miles To Memphis” received great reviews & charted at #4 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts, where it remained for 4 months. His new album “Good To Go” was released worldwide in May 2020.
Charlie has had the honour of performing on stage in the USA with band members from great acts such as BB King, Albert Collins, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, & Wilson Pickett. Charlie began playing in bars & clubs at 12 years of age & now works as a full-time musician. He performs regularly as either a solo artist or fronting his Band. Charlie is also the guitarist in both The Great Unknown & The New Savages. Charlie is a fresh act on the scene, representing the next generation.
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