only in his early 30's, guitarist, singer and songwriter Charlie
Sexton has already had several phases to his career. Sexton, raised
in Austin, Texas, made his debut with "Pictures For Pleasure"
in 1985 at age 17. He followed that up with a self-titled second
album when he was 21. Because word of his reputation as a prodigy
guitar player spread far and wide, he found himself an in-demand
session player while still in his late teens, and he had the opportunity
to record with Ron Wood, Keith Richards and Bob Dylan.
Born to a mother who was just 16 when she gave birth to Charlie,
he and his mother moved to Austin when he was just four. His mother
would get him out to clubs like the Armadillo World Headquarters
and the Soap Creek Saloon. Places like the Split Rail and Antone's
blues club became his classrooms. After living outside of Austin
for a while with his mother, he moved back to Austin when he was
12, and the musicians around Austin, his heroes, people like Jimmie
Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely and others, took him in
and put him up until he could earn more of a living on his own.
1992 to 1994, he was a member of Austin's Arc Angels, along with
Doyle Bramhall II, Tommy Shannon and Chris "Whipper'' Layton.
That group recorded one self-titled album, released in 1992 on
Geffen Records. By the time the Arc Angels decided to disband,
Sexton was 25 years old and already pegged as a blues musician.
But in fact, Sexton plays gutsy, fluid blues guitar, but also
spirited rock 'n' roll guitar.
1994 and 1995, he formed and recorded with his new group, the
Charlie Sexton Sextet, and his debut for MCA Records, "Under
The Wishing Tree", was released in 1995. Sexton's album was
well-received by the critics." Under The Wishing Tree"presents
Sexton in an array of musical genres, touching on Celtic flavored
rock, folk-rock and blues. There is a lot of interplay between
guitars, violins, cellos, Dobros and mandolins on the recording,
and Sexton's vocals ride high on top of the melodies. On his 1995
tour to support the album, he was accompanied by Susan Boelz,
violin, Michael Ramos, organ, and George Reiff, bass and Rafael
a songwriter, Sexton writes about what he knows, so Texas themes
permeate his songs. He considers Bob Dylan his strongest songwriting
influence, while he counts Austin legends Jimmie Vaughan and the
late Stevie Ray Vaughan among his prime influences for guitar
playing. His lyrics mix autobiographical experiences with images
that are open to interpretation. More great things are in the
offing for this young guitarist, singer and songwriter.