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Published on April 23rd, 2012 | by TLV News


Charlie Mars LIVE at Double Decker (interview by Sarah Reddick)

Charlie Mars, a Mississippi native who has eschewed major labels in favor of going independent, is back with a new album, Blackberry Light. Esquire Magazine said of Mars, “When he’s onstage, songs with deep grooves get some breathing room, and his lush choruses inevitably lead to raucous audience sing-alongs.” Don’t miss his performance at Double Decker, Friday April 27th at 7 pm on the Caterpillar Main Stage.

Are you still primarily based in Oxford? Yes, still primarily based in Oxford town, thankfully so.

Are you currently on tour? I just finished a new album, so I won’t be touring much until August.

Can you tell me a crazy or especially memorable moment from touring in the past year? I got to play “Nebraska” on stage with Steve Earle in NYC. That was a special night for me.

What books are next to your bed right now? 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami is by my bed. It’s taking me a minute.

Your new album is called Blackberry Light. How did you choose that name? I wrote most of the songs in Toluca Lake, California, in the evenings. The light there against the trees in the backyard was always a strange purple…blackberry light.

Do you have a release date set? The release date is August 14th.

How would you describe its overall feel? I think of it as the sister record to my last album.

Have you been listening to any new artists lately that have really impressed you? I like Head and the Heart’s album that came out last year.

Are there any cities/venues that you are really looking forward to returning to? I love playing in Austin. I always like going back there.


This article was published in The Local Voice #154 (April 19-May 3, 2012)…Click here to download the PDF of issue #154.

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The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.

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