"Like Charlie Chesterman" is written as a tribute to the late-great Charlie Chesterman, motorcycle-obsessed frontman for the 1980's alternative-roots-rock-punk band Scruffy The Cat. Charlie's incredibly-romantic love songs and playful and mischievous irreverence gave him an almost comic-book hero-like persona for a large generation of fans and musicians alike. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of Charlie Chesterman foundation, and to local music charities.
Longtime fans of the Boston rock scene may remember seeing “The Next” spray-painted on walls and bridges from Kenmore Square to Allston, and hearing Sidewalk Gallery on Boston airwaves in the 80’s and 90’s. Both bands featured the distinct harmonies of twin brothers Dave and Brian Charles, who still live and make music here. Dave has branched out from his early days as a lead guitarist and ace bassist to exploring pedal steel,
blues and country slide guitar, and experimenting with alternate tunings while crafting new songs that blend his best pop instincts with growling guitar-driven melodies. Fronting his own band for the first time as a solo artist sans Brian, Dave’s new music echoes the excitement of early Elvis Costello, the sonic impact of Sugar or Dinosaur Jr., and the melodic kick of The Smithereens.
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