5 Questions with Charlie James

Project WILD would like you to know each of the 2017 Top 12 even better. We prepared five questions for each of the artists/bands to help us learn a little more.

1. What brought you to country/roots music?

Writing country music is not actually something I set out to do.  While taking a break from playing in a punk band, I decided to pick up my acoustic guitar, which I hadn’t played in years.

I started writing some songs that were of an autobiographical nature, as I worked through the fallout from my divorce.  I was surprised at the direction the songs took, but decided to let them be whatever they wanted to be.  It was a therapeutic process, and one that let me really find my voice.

2. When did you write your first song – as an artist or as a band?

I first picked up the guitar when I was 16, and it wasn’t long afterward that I attempted to write my first song.  It was a folk-style song and it wasn’t very good, but it opened up a whole new world for me.  I’m still just as excited to write songs today as I was then!

3. If you could go on tour opening for any performing artist right now who would it be?

If I had the chance to open for anyone right now, it would be Cold Creek County.  I love their blend of country and rock and think our styles would match up well.

4. What is the best trend in country/roots music right now?

The thing I like most about country music right now is how inclusive it is of other genres.  Today’s country is open to artists taking things in new directions, while still keeping a focus on the storytelling nature that has always been the strength of country music.

5. What part of Project WILD are you most looking forward to?

The part of Project Wild I’m looking forward to the most is the boot camp.  Having the opportunity to work with such talented artists, producers, and industry pros will be invaluable for me at this point in my music career.

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