It’s often said by artists in this genre of music, but when the words come from a recent inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, believe it. Michael Charles, who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame earlier this year, has been a hard-touring artist for close to 50 years. He even sings about the lifestyle in a rockin’ tune called the MC Shuffle.
Charles, age 59, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, where he learned his first chords under his father’s tutelage. At a tender age he started playing shows, developing a reputation that earned him an invitation to play in blues-saturated Chicago with the legendary Buddy Guy. He returned to Australia briefly, but the North American scene lured him back… Read More
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