Country Music People March 2019 - Page 44

albumreviews CHARLES WESLEY GODWIN Seneca  (Windmill) Keep On Turning / Coal Country / Hardwood Floors / Seneca Creek / Strawberry Queen / Shrinks and Pills / The Last Bite / Sorry For The Wait / Half A Heart / Pour It On / Here In Eden / Seneca Creek (acoustic) Producer: Al Torrence Independent 49:00 44 cmp - MARCH 2019 Charles Wesley Godwin is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia and has a great name, ideal for the kind of music he produces on this, his debut solo album. Previously part of Union Sound Treaty, who produced an absolutely storming album in 2016 that you should all be seeking out, Charles has put together a collection of songs that he describes as ‘an autobiography of an Appalachian boy’. With a voice to die for, he has finely crafted an album that is just full of heart and soul and atmosphere. Before you read on, I would echo the suggestions in the press release for artists in the same ball park such as Tyler Childers, Jason Isbell, Caleb Caudle, and even vocal touches of Colter Wall is found here. So if this is the kind of thing you enjoy, I would suggest further investigation is essential. As a fan of the blues, the opening track, (Windmill) Keep On Turning, has much to enjoy, with harmonica bursts and a rolling rhythm section carrying us along across four action packed minutes. A strong introduction and the voice immediately draws you in. I would suggest you listen to this album with the best headphones you can find, to truly emerge yourself into the sounds. The flavour across the full album isn’t one of up-tempo driving music, there is a lot of space and time for reflection as you listen. Coal Country, a track that has been shared ahead of the release, is the story of the coal mining community and builds into a superb song, added backing from the fiddle is spot on too. Hardwood Floors does pick up the pace again and adds some steel to the mix - a toe tapper for sure - slows in the middle before getting up and running again. Godwin has a haunting touch to his vocals at times, melancholy in fact. Perhaps none more so than on Seneca Creek, for me, probably the centrepiece of the whole album and most likely my favourite track too. Over five minutes, it starts quietly and then slowly builds but remains low key throughout, gentle musical backing with some more pedal steel and acoustic guitars, with a little more fiddle to complete the mix. The story behind the song is the reflections of a widower as he looks back on his life, with his wife buried above the creek where they used to live. And this