He may not have the widespread of name recognition of a Muddy Waters or a B.B. King, but people who know the blues know Michael Charles. The Australia native has released 32 albums over the past three decades and he’s been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Charles and his band will be in Bradenton tonight for a show at Ace’s Live.
Charles was a successful touring blues man in Australia when word of his guitar prowess reached America and the great Buddy Guy invited him to this country. After some years splitting his time between Australia and the United States, Charles made the move to Chicago, where he performed with Guy, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins and others.
He’s calling this tour “Coming Back Home,” apparently because it includes stops in both his native Australia and here in his adopted country.
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Charles has recently released a two-CD anthology album titled “Three Hundred Sixty” that includes material from his early releases from 30 years ago up to more current recordings.