Charlie and The Rays started when the groups’ three female leads, Jordan and Rebecca Stobbe plus Gracia Bridges, were growing up in Seattle. The Pacific Northwest equipped them with a vibrant indie-folk scene and they often could be found busking at Pike’s Place Market. The band has since seen the addition of Sam Kastner and Eric Parchen.
“If you’re a fan of eclectic works and songs, showing a wide range of abilities over numerous instruments, lend your ears to Charlie And The Rays.” –Northwest Music Scene
Five players gives the group a robust sound that verges on baroque indie-pop. However, harmonica, punchy horns, and the occasional slide guitar place Charlie and The Rays in a genre-niche that’s difficult to define.
The band claims influences like Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Band, Fleetwood Mac, and the Dixie Chicks; whom they frequently nod to in their music. The group’s eclectic mix of genres will provide an excellent contrast to the straight-forward Americana folk of The Hassler’s.
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