Tennessee rock troubadour Charlie Bonnet III has released a brand new single and music video, titled ‘Simple Shoes,’ taken from his recent solo album, A Hotel In Valdosta.
Closing in on three decades in the trenches of the music business, Charlie Bonnet III is a working man’s songwriter, with an ability adapt and survive in the always changing industry. He first landed on the national radar in the early 90’s as the frontman for the Nashville based metal band, Disarray, releasing five studio albums, and logging thousands of road miles in an old van. Between tours, Bonnet found himself in survival mode, playing in bar bands and doing solo acoustic shows to pay the bills. “I figured I could either go work construction, or broaden my horizons a bit and try to make a living with a guitar in my hand,” he reflects. Having an open mind to other styles led to steady studio and live work, including a stint as lead guitarist for A&E reality star and Warner Brothers recording artist Big Smo, as well as a four year run as co-founder, singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of Average Joes recording act, Moccasin Creek.
The modern day Charlie Bonnet III is more of a roots rocker than a headbanger, but he still represents the scene that defined him as a youth. “I wear a rock or heavy metal t-shirt in every video and at every show,” he states. “My sound isn’t heavy anymore, but my lyrics are just as angst ridden as ever. Imagine if Steve Earle hit the stage every night in a Metallica t-shirt, and you get the idea of what I’m doing these days” he says with a laugh.