“This album will give people a really good look into what it’s like culturally in Appalachia. People have a way-off view from the outside of what we’re all about, what our priorities are and how smart we are.”Charles Wesley Godwin
One of my favorite new finds on Spotify is the musician Charles Wesley Godwin. I have been listening to his album, Seneca. My favorite thus far on the album is titled “Seneca Creek.” The album features a heartfelt acoustic version of the song. “Seneca Creek,” tells the tale of Godwin’s grandparents in the setting of the spring of 1949.
Godwin has a way with words. His songs paint a picture of his roots which grow deep in the Appalachians and West Virginia. He has a knack for a folk and bluegrass style of music.
Charles Godwin’s website, http://www.charleswgodwin.com, gives this artist’s own interpretation of his music, “This album will give people a really good look into what it’s like culturally in Appalachia. People have a way-off view from the outside of what we’re all about, what our priorities are and how smart we are.”
Many of his songs remind me of something that someone like Townes Van Zandt would have written. His songs are about people and places that reach beyond the constraints of time. They are songs that could and will be universally recognized and easily relatable. Godwin is a natural born storyteller. His father was a coal miner and his mother a schoolteacher who taught him many life lessons that he carried with him into his musical career. Through his hard work and determination, he ultimately began to reach his goals.
Growing up, he enjoyed the outdoors and sports. West Virginia University was calling Godwin’s name and he expected to walk onto the football team there. When football didn’t pan out for him, he picked up his guitar and turned to music. I for one am glad he did. His talents for writing and performing will carry him far.