Charlie & The Regrets will be performing its robust and eclectic collection of bohemian-infused honky-tonk music at 8:30 p.m. today at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café, 413 20th St., in Galveston.
The Houston-based band, led by Charlie Harrison, also including Willie Golden and Isaias Gil, will be performing songs from the band’s self-produced 2014 EP “Baytown” and “New Night,” as well as fan favorites such as “The Gavel,” “What Can I Do,” “Houston Rain” and “Ain’t No Good News.” The band also will be playing songs from its forthcoming album “Rivers in the Streets,” which will be released Feb. 25 via Sony RED Distribution.
Harrison, who has been playing in front of public audiences for 17 years, started his career at an open mic set at Blanco’s in Houston when he was in high school. He got his first paid gig right after graduation singing on Sixth Street in Austin.
“The best part of performing is being a part of moments when the band is locked in, the audience is with us and it feels like everyone is experiencing a song together,” Harrison said. “It’s doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it’s the closest thing to real magic that I have ever legally experienced.”
As the primary songwriter, Harrison’s socially conscious lyrics and music speaks about a wide array of injustices and issues not only in the country, but across the world as well. He admits he didn’t intentionally set out to play a certain type of music, but rather he just started writing songs which come out sounding like a little of everything he has been taking in as a listener.
The band has been said to have a mixture of musical influences such as Jerry Jeff Walker, Hayes Carll and Todd Snider.
“I have been here (Houston) for hurricanes and floods and there is this bad feeling you get watching water cover the street as you wonder how much higher it’s going to get, knowing that at some point you’re stuck there and there isn’t much you can do to save your car or house or whatever,” Harrison said. “You just watch it and know you’ll have to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. The new record has a lot of these moments when someone has lost control and can only watch the water rise around them.”
With the support of Golden (lap steel, backup vocals) and Gil (drums), Charlie & The Regrets’ new album, under the creative and technical direction of producer Derek Hames and engineer John Shelton, is sure one that old and new fans will want to get their hands on.
To hear the first single “Time Moves Slow,” visit http://charlieandtheregrets.com/time-moves-slow-new-single.
Tickets to the show are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door. For information, call 409-762-9199.
“I am really excited to take the full band to The Old Quarter,” Harrison said. “I have been really lucky to play there on special nights as an acoustic act, but this will be our first time to bring all the energy of the full band show. It’s still important to me that songs are front and center at a place like The Old Quarter, but I am excited to have The Regrets there to help me do them a little differently. We want people to hear the songs, but we want them to have a great time with us too. Maybe even get a little dancing.”