Charlie Mosbrook is contemporary singer songwriter with strong traditional folk sensibilities utilizing guitar, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and other acoustic instruments to accompany his rich distinctive baritone voice. With 25 years experience as a performer and composer, Charlie presents his music in a relaxed confident simplicity, drawing from a mix of sincerity, humor, and passion. Voted Cleveland Scene magazines “Best Singer Songwriter” in 2011, his music is heard on radio programs throughout the world including FolkAlley.com and The Midnight Special national folk show. In 1996 he was invited to perform the music of Woody Guthrie at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum by curator Robert Santelli (currently executive director of the Grammy Museum). Mosbrook’s performance was noted in Santelli’s book Hard Travlin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie Beginning on subway platforms as a street performer, Charlie developed a natural and conversational stage act weaving humor, song, and personal introspection. In his ongoing effort to build community through music, Charlie has been a regular host to many popular open mics throughout Northeast Ohio. His newest CD Something To Believe (2013) is his 10th full length release. It features performances with some of the many people that have influenced him through the years. The disc was recently picked as CD of the week by Rich Warren for WFMT’s Midnight Special. In November of 2013, Charlie was the featured artist in the folkalley.com open mic section. In the fall of 2014 he has been selected for a DJ and Presenter Showcase at FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest)
In addition to his musical pursuits, Charlie has completed multiple Ironman triathlon’s and marathons. Becoming an incomplete quadripaligic in 2010, he remains active with the use of a handcycle and as a swimmer. Through hard work and determination he has been able to maintain a steady performance schedule throughout Northeast Ohio and periodicly tours throughout the USA. In an effort to give hope to others who have suffered similar injuries, he regularly performs for patients recovering at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Spinal Cord Injury unit. He also serves on the Cleveland Heights City Council Transportation Advisory Board as the Citizen Representive for people with disabilities.
“One of the most integrated, enjoyable, counterculture acts around”
Dirty Linen Magazine, USA
“Bluegrass, punk-rock and a palpable dose of soul”
The Pitch, Kansas City MO
Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz and straight up rock’n’roll. Vaudevillian wit and showmanship spike their energetic live shows, while the fearless honesty of their songs touches the hearts of listeners around the world.
In eleven years Truckstop Honeymoon have released eight CDs and a full length documentary film on Baton Rouge label, Squirrel Records. They perform at International folk festivals, rock clubs, neighborhood bars, house concerts and hay barns from Nebraska to Tasmania.
“Tales of cheating spouses, bad attitudes, short-change romances, endless asphalt and dodgy diners, all told with a “psychobilly” sense of playfulness, ringing banjo and a bass as certain as a highway centerline”
The Herald, Newcastle, Australia.
“They spit on enough conventions to keep things interesting”
The Onion, Madison WI
Truckstop Honeymoon’s story begins in New Orleans, where Katie played wash-tub bass and blues piano in the streets of the French Quarter. There she met Mike, who slung a banjo and sold his CDs to tourists as a curative for hangovers and small mindedness. After a court house wedding, they hit the road together. They spent their wedding night in a truck stop somewhere between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Swamp. There Truckstop Honeymoon was born.
In 2005 Mike and Katie’s home and recording studio (the 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor) were washed away by hurricane Katrina. After a few months of living out of their van, they took their young family to the midwest music mecca of Lawrence, Kansas. Here they quickly established a reputation not only as a band, but also as producers of other recording artists. They rebuilt their studio, while continuing to tour Australia, Europe and the US. They even founded the first (and only) annual Mardi Gras parade in Kansas.
The music of Truckstop Honeymoon tells a story that is sometimes ferociously funny, sometimes bitterly sad, but always affecting and believable.