Blues Musician Michael Charles to Play in Middleton

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Michelle Phillips

MIDDLETON–Michael Charles didn’t set out to be a blues musician, but rather came about it by happenstance as a child growing up in Australia. “I became a blues musician without even knowing I was playing the blues. My father always had a guitar in the corner of the room which he forbade me to touch,” Charles said. 

After picking up the forbidden instrument at age five, he said he never looked back. “After a while my father saw this was serious passion and taught me my first chords. What I heard on the radio; Clapton, Buddy Guy, Stones, Elvis, BB King influenced me and put the blues in my soul forever,” he recalled.

Charles has been touring since the age of 12 with 12 consecutive tours in the US. Currently, the Chicago Blues Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee is traveling the US, Canada and Australia, and on June 8 the “Soundtrack 2019” tour will make a stop at the Club Tavern in Middleton. 

“I tour approximately 220 days a year and I love playing the small intimate clubs as much as I love the crowded arenas. Club Tavern is a great place with awesome audiences. As cliché-ish as it may sound, I really just want to get my music out to as many people as possible and see them smile,” he stated.

Charles said he is about to go back in the recording studio to produce his 36threlease. This year, though, instead of an album, a documentary about his life and career was released. "All I Really Know From A to Z"was five years in the making and was produced bySalik Silverstein of SOS Films. 

“It is quite an honor to have my story on film and I am very humbled,” he stated.

Check out Charles at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Club tavern, or listen to his music and learn more about him at

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