Charlie was born in San Luis Obispo CA about 2 hours west of Bakersfield. He has a large extended family and was exposed to Waylon, Merle and George Jones as his uncles would sing around on the front porch. Being raised in SLO as its known, isn’t exactly the hotbed of country music. As Charlie began playing at 15, he was greeted with open arms by the local musicians. Charlie quickly gathered a following of others like him who missed the sound of old country songs playing on the radio, and soon was headed to Nashville to record his first album.