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The Mind of a Musician:

Too many broken collar bones left Charlie Treat off the field and in his room with no choice but to find a new calling: songs. By the time he was 19 he was traveling the highways, living out of his car, busking all over the country for gas money. Today he lives in Nashville where he leads a band, runs a studio and plays shows all over the south east. He has three records under his belt and spends his spare time writing, riding dirt bikes, cooking, gardening, reading, and stumbling around the void.

When did you make up your mind that you wanted to be a musician?

When I was 16 a guitar appeared on my pillow under the covers.

Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.

Instagram mainly. I try to be as friendly as possible. They make me as much as I make them. If they show up to my show I show them a good time.

When performing and the crowd is singing along, how does that energy make you feel?

It's a false and fleeting sense of validation but in the moment it's the sun after an eternity of darkness.

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

I'm proud of the records I've made and shows I've executed well and proud of the friends that made them possible. I got to sing "I'll Take You There" at The Ryman with the McCrary sisters a few weeks ago.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

Music IS a hidden meaning. Before there were ever words.

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Reckless Johnny Wales, Carl Anderson, Todd Henkin, Justin Turner, Nate Leath

What makes a performance/song good? How do you judge a performance/song?

A song is good if it pours out and never goes empty. If I don't like it I don't judge it, it's not my place.

How often and for how long do you practice?

Every day. Sometimes whole day, sometimes part day.

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career?

Deep breaths.

Who helped you most in your journey?

The ones with no filter.

What would you do differently if you were to start over again from day one?

I should have gotten the Strat sooner.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

There should be more board games in the green rooms.

How would your peers describe you in the music industry?

Completely lost..... in my own truths, sounds and obscurities.

How would the people closest to you describe you outside of the industry?

A gentle giant with a glimmer of good timin'.

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