Lara Hope and the Arktones

Lara Hope and the Arktones

The Sequels, Wes Charlton

Mon, May 21, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Camel

$8 ADV, $10 DOS

Tickets at the Door

Lara Hope and the Arktones
Lara Hope and the Arktones
Named the "Best Up-and-Coming Band" in 2015 by Hudson Valley Magazine, and nominated for "Best Rockabilly Female" at the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are NY's premier Rockabilly, Roots Rock n' Roll, Rhythm & Blues outfit. With the release of their fully crowd-funded debut album, "Luck Maker", a music video for their single "Whiskey Pick" (official selection of the Woodstock Film Festival, and in WDST's top 100 songs) and a relentless performance and touring schedule, it has proven to be an exciting time for the Ark-Tones.

Born from a hybrid of Lara's former Rockabilly band The Champtones, and upright bassist Matt's international Psychobilly act The Arkhams, The Ark-Tones hit the ground running in 2012. This fun-loving bunch packs the dance floor with their own original musical offerings in the vintage style as well as re-workings of classics and standards. This "travelin' band" is out there pleasing listeners of all ages and walks of life…wherever they roam.
Wes Charlton
Wes Charlton
A semi-finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition, this singer/songwriter from Virginia integrates his Americana roots with modern themes to create a poetic and at times haunting vision of relationships, the struggle to find yourself, and the pursuit of the “Promised Land”. Opening for artists like Tim Easton, Stephen Bruton, Michelle Shocked, Pat McGee Band, and Virginia Coalition, Wes plays to enthusiastic audiences everywhere. Past conference showcases include the Midwest Music Summit in Indianapolis and Americana Music Conference in Nashville. He was featured as the guest artist at NY Film Academy’s summer music video workshop, and was asked to complete a publisher-sanctioned recording project for Arc Music Group of some industry promos for John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson. With proficiency on a variety of instruments, Wes blends his musicianship with sophisticated lyrics to paint a profound portrait of growing up in rural America, while maintaining a connection to contemporary youth through driving rhythms, electric guitar and the exploration of found-sounds.

From Lancaster, Virginia, Wes Charlton grew up in a musical family; first singing back-up with his brother while his father played guitar, then learning piano from his mother. It wasn’t until age 14, when he attended the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut, that his music broke away from being just a family tradition. Drawn to the acoustic guitar, he began writing songs on his own often demoing them on a 4-track in his bathroom. Wes began playing with his own band and opening for groups like regional favorites Carbon Leaf. He soon found himself in the studio cutting his first EP, Pictures and an Empty Glass. He quickly gained notoriety playing the coffeehouse circuit in Williamsburg. With his first serious band, OK Fireworks, they became the most popular area band, filling area venues to capacity. After playing together for a few years, some band members started to feel the overwhelming obligations of touring while trying to finish school and the group dissolved. On his own, Wes refocused his attention to writing new songs and finished the tracks for American Bittersweet. Numerous songs from the album were licensed to television and film: To Be Found was featured The Real World Key West, Worry was featured in the World of Jenks, and Already Gone was featured in the film, The New Twenty.

After completing American Bittersweet and finishing college, Wes relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he was quickly embraced by the thriving independent music scene there. Headlining shows in such prestigious venues as the Basement, 3rd & Lindsley, The Bluebird Café, and 12th & Porter, Charlton also found time to record his second full-length album, World On Fire. Expanding on the musical vision he presented in American Bittersweet, World On Fire showcased Charlton's growing songwriting talents while continuing with his creative/experimental approach to recording and arrangements. Recorded in various houses in Nashville, World On Fire has a distinct edge, both in form and content. The record has been highly praised and was released by End of the Road Records and licensed through Judy Collins' Wildflower Records. The songs Black Alice and Red Eyes, Blue Lights were featured in the film, The New Twenty, Change Will Come was included in the compilation Got To Get A Message To You, and Red Eyes, Blue Lights enjoyed success and extensive radio play as the lead single.

After enjoying his time in Nashville, Charlton decided to marry his sweetheart, Charlotte, move back to Virginia and start a family. Now a husband and father of three little devils, Wes has continued to amass life experience and channel it into his art, culminating in his new album, Morning Stars, which will be released in February 2017.

Here's what some people are saying about Wes Charlton and American Bittersweet:

"He has that sound that pop music has been missing: a sincere, young singer with something to say and haunting melodies to match. His confident sound makes it astounding that he's only 21! He's what smart, hip kids have been waiting for and what adults will definitely appreciate. I know I'm hooked!" -- Anna Goodman-Herrick, Producer, MTV, Los Angeles

"One of the best alt-country records I've heard in a long time. Great songs and an amazing production, which perfectly mixes "modern sounds" and classic Americana to create what should become the road for others to follow." --Kenneth Higney, Vice President, Arc Music Group, NYC

"Great melodies, creative hooks and some very exciting textures and blends. I really had a great time working on this album, and it sounds amazing!" --Fred Kevorkian, Absolute Audio, NYC

"Wes Charlton is a unique and distinctly American voice whose country & folk soul is drunk with addictive pop melodies. American Bittersweet is his exploration into his own soulful songwriting with the landscape of the South to inspire him and the result is a powerful, far-ranging and emotionally commanding debut album." --Leah Manners, Station Mgr WCWM 90.7 FM Williamsburg, VA

"Wes is as good a young songwriter as any I have ever worked with." --Chris Keup, Co-writer/Prod- Johnathan Rice & Jason Mraz, VA

"Wes Charlton is a new singer/songwriter with a depth of maturity and soul rarely heard on a debut record. "Angels & Air" takes a page from the Joe Henry songbook while the CD as a whole is steeped in Americana. If this is the beginning - I look forward to hearing more from Wes in the future." --Jules Herbert, Buyer, Barnes & Noble, NYC

"Good songs - great lyrics!" --Marshall Chess, NYC"

Here's what some people are saying about Wes Charlton and World On Fire:

From Gaesteliste,de, Internet Music Magazine, by Annett Bonkowski:

“Anyone seeking earthy music from the heart…will certainly not be disappointed by this album.”

From, by Par Winberg:

“Take…Ryan Adams…and Tom Waits…add some beautiful Sparklehorse vibes…and some Springsteen…Wes is doing his stuff good….The songwriting is solid. His voice is mighty fine and the third one out, ‘Red Eyes, Blue Lights,’ is just lovely… ‘The Wait’ could have been a track on the ‘Nebraska’ album with Springsteen. High class stuff.”
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220