By Leanne Sherman
Dedicated singer-songwriter and pianist Charlie Lankester has had a pretty damn good musical life since he began in the ’70s touring with Aussie band The Last Chance Café and then going on to perform keys for the past twenty years with the likes of Linda Gail Lewis, Otis Grand and The John Warwick All Stars – it doesn’t really get much cooler than that now, does it? Nope. And, he has an awesome beard. Props to you, sir!
In 2012, this man is peddling his own delightful blues-flavoured rock sounds. Fortunately for your ears, June 25 sees the grand unleashing of his first single, ‘The Spinning Of The Wheel’ which is taken from the very first album, Song In A Minor Keywhich will be out on July 9. It’s going to be big sounding, and mean; but in a good way.
To pull focus though, ‘The Spinning Of The Wheel’ is a thoroughly decent track and it leaves one impressed and enthusiastic about its great strength and serious passion. The strength that we allude to does come naturally to the artist, and not just from his anthem-inspired writing.
Last December, Lankester was given some terrible news from his doctor. Just one day before he was due to mix the last track on the album in the studio, he was told that he had an incurable cancer of the liver. Not to be denied the release of a record that he worked so hard to achieve, Charlie developed his health with some sound expert medical advice, and now with summer (hopefully) on its way things are looking up and the musician is feeling much better physically, and obviously, the album is ready to go!
With a lot of help from his band, The Mojo Killers, Charlie, for his first single, has created an infectious blues-rock tune and something to be very, very proud of. It mixes a range of diverse instruments (including the saxophone, trumpet and trombone) to great effect and certainly offers up a multitude of evidence to support just how good this guy (and his band) is.
For more information visit Charlie Lankester’s official website: http://www.charlielankester.