Charles Wesley Godwin
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Charles Wesley Godwin
West Virginia is far more than meets the eye. A native of Morgantown, singer-songwriter Charles Wesley Godwin paints a rich and honest portrayal of his homeland and itspeople with his debut album. Seneca is a moving snapshot of his 26 years of life and well-soiledroots in the Appalachian hills, a backdrop that has given birth to some of the most intelligent andhard-working people in the country.When you partake in his gripping storytelling, it comes as no surprise that Godwin’s shared billswith the likes of Shooter Jennings, Tyler Childers, Colter Wall, Luke Combs, Aaron Watson,David Allan Coe, Sundy Best, Waymore’s Outlaws and Nicholas Jamerson. Godwin is truly athome on stage and alongside like-minded musicians who go against the grain and shake up thestatus quo.“This album will give people a really good look into what it’s like culturally in Appalachia.People have a way-off view from the outside of what we’re all about, what our priorities are andhow smart we are,” says Godwin. The record is steeped to perfection in gentle mountain streamsand a way of living that is surprisingly universal. Through earnest, sinewy craftsmanship, hemitigates the stereotypes that plague the state and reconfigures expectations.Another essential piece of his story, “Shrinks and Pills” exhibits a dry, sly humor and seesGodwin lament the roar of the open road in his ears and an unquenchable homesickness wedgeddeep in his bones. He misses the comfort of his homestead, but he wouldn’t have it any otherway–heartache be damned. “Hardwood Floors” dazzles in the dim light of a local pub as heshares a tender embrace with his wife amidst the ho-hum of the crowd.Notable players include Eric Heywood (Son Volt, Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs) on pedalsteel and Ben Townsend (of Hillbilly Gypsies) on fiddle and banjo. From start to finish, therecord is riddled with an abundance of “human things,” Godwin says, like failure, the ups anddowns of marriage, and getting back to a simpler way of life.His ideals seep into every inch of his work and stem from humble beginnings of working theWest Virginia land and being taught what really matters in life at an early age. Godwin’s fatherwas a coal miner and his mother a schoolteacher. He grew up hunting, fishing, and playingsports, living a pretty traditional homespun life.It wasn’t until much later–after being cut from auditions for the West Virginia Universityfootball team–that he picked up the guitar in his spare time. A year later, he could play a fullsong quite expertly, and he knew then he was on to something. During his 2013 study abroad inEstonia, his frequent rehearsal sessions in his apartment flat drew the attention of flatmates andled to his first-ever gig at a fashion show. “It was really never anything I intended to do,” herecalls.But it was clear this was his destiny. When he returned to the United States and later graduatedfrom WVU in 2014, he realized he had a great talent in singing and playing bluegrass andtraditional country music. Godwin soon started touring and playing out professionally, beginninga full-time music career in 2015. He enjoyed a short run in a band called Union Sound Treaty,but conflicting schedules led to lackluster shows and overall unreliability.It was time to branch out on his own, and that’s when Seneca began to take shape. The album,especially in such moments as “The Last Bite” and “Sorry for the Wait,” is an amalgam ofinfluences, running from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Simon & Garfunkel to The AllmanBrothers. Godwin’s voice echoes off the weathered but still vibrant Appalachian countryside,rumbling up the peaks and tumbling back down into the valleys, and his heart-torn confessionalsare born of the earth itself.
Charles Wesley Godwin carries his past firmly on his shoulders. He hasn’t been damaged bysuch a symbolic act, however, and he’s only grown wiser and more aware. On Seneca, he provesto be a fitting ambassador for West Virginia and a people long misunderstood and tragicallyforgotten. If anything, listeners will rediscover their own wants and desires within the album’ssonic walls and universal themes of compassion, strength, and unity.
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