Charlie Bishop - Young Old Man
posted 18 Feb 2023 by Krister Axel
Deserves a long look from anyone searching for modern contemporaries of Zach Bryan.

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Ever since I got turned on to the music of Chris Whitley so many years ago, I have had a soft spot for any roots track that puts the banjo front and center. The latest release from Charlie Bishop does exactly that, joining a wistful message about honoring love in both the past and present with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, a prominent banjo track, and Bishop's own deep baritone croon.

I wasn't able to get a lot of details about this artist, although I know he's based in the Northeast somewhere between Massachusetts and Vermont, and that he was at least at one point a student at Middlebury College. He certainly has a talent for writing introspective lyrics, which pairs perfectly with the natural gravitas that extends from his vocal tone. The writing and the music here reminds me somehow of a cross between Cat Stevens and Josh Ritter, with elements of outlaw country, roots poetry, and straight-ahead folk pop. "Young Old Man" is the second of three tracks from his 2022 release "Damned or Chosen" and deserves a long look from anyone looking for modern contemporaries of Zach Bryan.

I hold on a little bit longer
I'll wait until the waters are calmer
You won't be alone when you wander
I'll leave the light on
I won't look back in anger
I'll drive until the demons can't follow
You won't be alone when you wander
I'll leave the light on

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist