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CHARLIE ARGO

Nashville Recording Artist

With his bone-chilling vocals and transparent storytelling, lovers of soulful singers like Otis

Redding to fans of the bluesy organ-filled vibes, reminiscent of John Mayer’s 2006 album

‘Continuum’ will easily be captivated by this singer/songwriter’s southern soul. Combining his

background in gospel and soul music with inspiration drawn from modern-day artists like fellow

native Alabamian/Americana Roots artist, Jason Isbell, U.K. singer/songwriter James Morrison

and earlier southern legends, Gregg Allman and 90’s country star Travis Tritt, the Nashville-

based 28-year-old has managed to blend a plethora of styles that dance on the outskirts of

country music into a sound that stands on its own. 

  

Born Charles Henry Argo in the fall of 1992, “Charlie” and his brother Ben were raised by their

single mother in the small, culturally rich, and historical town of Selma, Alabama. Described by

his mother as “the center of attention” she says, “little Charlie was always putting on a show

whether it was singing, live puppet shows, or circus acts”. Charlie recollects an obsession with

production at an incredibly young age.

“I always had to have a microphone with an amp, taking all of mom's lamps and using all

the light fixtures in the house as my spotlights.” Charlie praised his mother for building

his confidence saying, “Mom gave us her undivided attention, provided everything we

needed to succeed, and made us believe we could do anything we wanted to do.”

Growing up in a religious household, Charlie did much of his singing in church. At ten years old,

Charlie was asked to sing a solo and given a cassette tape as a reference. The tape featured a

singer with a soulful voice that young Charlie could naturally mimic. In that moment Charlie

identified with the voice of a “soul singer” and dove into the spirit and recordings of artists like

Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and other standouts of the genre. Charlie would continue to

entertain throughout his childhood years, participating in numerous plays and performances for

both church and school. By high school, he was touring the southeast with a Gospel act called

‘Awaiting’.  


Although he strongly considered Nashville’s Belmont University to further his education, Charlie

ultimately chose The University of Alabama. ‘Awaiting’ remained intact through Charlie’s

Freshman year of college, however, they split up in early 2011 and Charlie was left stage less

and without a supporting cast for the first time in his young life. Over the next two years, in

between classes, Argo would indulge his love for music by playing birthday parties with his

acoustic guitar and eventually landed a monthly acoustic gig at ‘Homegrown’, a farmers market

in Tuscaloosa. In the spring of 2013, Charlie’s cousin would introduce him to a local keyboard

player named Nic Snow, with an unconventional request for Charlie to sing to the established

musician over the telephone. Charlie obliged and a month later when he turned 21, Nic came

calling, offering Charlie to sit in on a cover gig at a downtown Tuscaloosa bar known as ‘The

Filling Station’. Although the two met for the first time only an hour before the set, the

dreamers had immediate chemistry and would go on to form the duo, ‘Argo Snow’. Argo Snow

would become highly successful as a cover act, over the next several years, building a strong

reputation, in large part, for their widely diverse song list and highly energetic sets playing bars,


fraternity parties, weddings, and other special events around the region, both as a duo and

often a full band, sometimes performing up to 7 nights a week.


In 2015, Charlie penned his first original song. A fellow audio engineering classmate, Brent

McCullough (now Nashville based keyboardist for country artist Trace Adkins), had previously

offered his home studio setup to Argo to cut a track. Charlie told McCullough about the song he

had written and the two recorded the acoustic single ‘Phenix’ in 3 hours in McCullough’s

college apartment. The single was independently released to streaming services and Argo sold

hard copies at performances, occasionally working the song into live sets.


In 2017, college degree in hand, shortly after taking a new job and relocating from Alabama to

Georgia to pursue a relationship and a new job, Argo found himself amid an unexpected

breakup. As his current situation was built around the recently dissolved relationship, Argo

decided to chase the possibility of fulfilling his lifelong dream of a music career in Nashville.

After receiving quick and unexpected approval for a job transfer request and securing a

temporary place to stay with a friend, Charlie moved to Music City. After being heard by local

Nashville bar owners, while sitting in on honky-tonk gigs with friends, the baby-faced soul

singer with the unique bluesy style suddenly became in high demand in Nashville’s live circuit.

Within a few months, the crooner was playing up to 5 gigs a week, while also attending other

artists shows, scheduling and fulfilling co-writes, all while maintaining his major corporate job

as a regional manager.


Just one year after settling in Nashville, Charlie Argo would be invited to play a downtown

concert in his hometown. With a handful of original songs, a new band, and on the verge of

finding himself as an artist, Argo returned home for his first performance, since graduating high

school. The show received an overwhelmingly positive reaction and Argo returned to Music City

with a new fire and passion to get his music out to anyone who would listen. The songwriter

would spend the next two years honing his sound, structuring his live show, and crafting his

original songs.


In early 2020 fate would cross Charlie Argo’s path with that of Nashville based

drummer/producer Jay Tooke (The Steel Woods). After a couple of meetings to discuss music,

the pair agreed to make a record together. With a common goal of creating a product that

exemplified the raw energy and emotion of a Charlie Argo live show, Tooke brought in some of

the industry’s top players for the record such as guitarist Joey Landreth (The Bros. Landreth)

and piano/organist Billy Justineau (Brothers Osbourne, Wade Bowen, Lainey Wilson) to stand

alongside the ever-present soulful vocals of the Alabama bluesman and his powerful emotional

tone. The finished result is a 6-song EP that portrays Charlie Argo’s roots, sound, and who he is

a songwriter and an artist. The project entitled ‘In the Name of Love’ is a collection of musical

stories, mostly written in Nashville by Argo, and based on the trials and tribulations that led to

his move to Music City.


‘In the Name of Love’ will be released in the Fall of 2020 and offers the E.P’s first single

‘Tennessee Will’, which was released in September as the EP's first single. The song was

written by another Alabama Americana/Roots Rock artist and songwriter, Adam Hood

(Anderson East, Brent Cobb, Whiskey Myers, Josh Abbott Band, Little Big Town, Randy Rogers)

and legendary hit songwriter Pat McLaughlin (John Prine, John Anderson, Delbert McClinton,

Bonnie Raitt, George Strait, Don Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff) and is the only song on the E.P.

not, at least, co-written by Argo himself.

 

TENNESSEE WILL

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