Charlie Strater honed his songwriting and performing skills like many other artists, by playing countless restaurant and tavern gigs. He did his performing in his native New Hampshire and continued after releasing his critically acclaimed debut recording, Bluesy Stuff, in 1998. In the short period of time in which Charlie Strater had brought his contemporary style of folk and blues to the New England coffeehouse and concert hall venues, he quickly earned a name for himself as a powerhouse performer with skilled blues-guitar chops, a vocal intensity and passion in a Cat Stevens and Martin Sexton vein, and a memorable energized on-stage presence. Subsequently, Charlie Strater was able to move his act into some of the area's finer listening venues and open up for many of the current luminaries on the folk scene including Martin Sexton, Peter Mulvey, Les Sampou, Cliff Eberhardt, Harvey Reid, and Ellis Paul. He was selected to appear in the New Faces showcase at the venerable Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. Charlie Strater's performance attracted the attention of local folk impressario David Nickerson, who decided to include one of Strater's tunes on the Best of Boston compilation album, which featured several up-and-coming artists from the city's thriving folk community. With the release of his second album entitled Thornhill Road, an exuberant exploration of acoustic blues, funk, bluegrass, and troubadour folk, Strater continued to define himself as a uniquely modern singer/songwriter and guitarist. In 2001, Charlie Strater continued to perform in venues around his home of Stratham, NH, promoting his albums and creating captivating and compelling music in multiple genres, which have served to make him so difficult to pigeonhole and so endeared by his fans.
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