Charlie Walmsley began performing with bands in Bay City, Michigan in 1966 and continues to perform regularly as a solo act or with various groups in Michigan. He has performed as regular member with The Draytons, Spice, No Brand Blues Band, Pepper Pie, The McCray Brothers Band, The Bluegills, Larry McCray Band, Myk Rise Band, Sharrie Williams and the Wiseguys, Earl Haynes Quintet, Earljam, The Cliff Badgers, Crazy Chestur, Jive at Five and Rising Walrus Band.
Also an active songwriter, Walmsley’s song “Sunny Monday” was recorded by bluesman Larry McCray on his 1998 House of Blues release “Born to Play the Blues”. House of Blues records selected Walmsley’s “Sunny Monday” for four additional compilation releases. Walmsley wrote or co-wrote seven songs on Crazy Chestur “Harvest Party” (2015). Several tracks have been getting regular airplay on college and internet stations. “Back in the Day” reached #4 on Roots Music Report – folk singles chart in September 2015.
- Established publishing company Nuthatch Music (ASCAP)
- Several of his compositions were recorded on the self-titled “The Bluegills”(1995) and on Larry McCray and The Bluegills “Meet me at the Lake” (1996). These recordings were distributed nationally through Rounder Records (Atomic Theory).
- Walmsley’s song “Sunny Monday” was recorded by bluesman Larry McCray on his 1998 House of Blues release “Born to Play the Blues”. House of Blues records selected Walmsley’s “Sunny Monday” for four additional compilation releases. Total record sales exceeded 30,000 and royalties continue to come in from several countries.
Crazy Chestur went into Mackinaw Harvest Studios in January 2015 with Michael Crittenden producing a CD including six originals and three renditions. “Harvest Party” was released in April, 2015.
- Pepper Pie “Mighty Tight” – 1993
- The Bluegills – 1996
- Larry McCray & The Bluegills “Meet Me at the Lake” – 1996
- Larry McCray “Born to Play the Blues” – 1998 (composer)
- “Where the Heart Meets the Soul” House of Blues compilation – 1998 (composer)
- “Don’t Worry Sing the Blues” Atomic Theory Compilation – 1997
- “Hot Biscuits II” House of Blues compilation – 1998 (composer)
- “Winter Sampler” House of Blues Compilation – 1998 (composer)
- Earljam “Live at Rubbles” – 2002
- “Live at The Pink Pony” – Various Artists / with Myk Rise – 2000
- Sharrie Williams “Live” – 2000
- Crazy Chestur “Harvest Party” – 2015
Songwriting Demos Available
- Archive Demo 1997-1998 with McCray Brothers
- Archive Demo 1999 with Earl Haynes Trio
- 2014 Songwriter Demo – produced by Pete Kehoe
“Charlie’s got a ton of great songs, he’s a joy to work with as a performer, and a true talent as a songwriter…”
– Pete Kehoe, Musician, Producer, Songwriter
“Charlie’s original songs often tell stories with poetic language and humor using phrases and melodies that stay with you. The original tunes are highly entertaining in the style of the best singer songwriters.”
-Peggy Brisbane – Wheatland Music Organization
“..clearly a real songwriter”
– Bruce Iglauer, Founder and Owner – Alligator Records
“Charlie knows how to make those keys talk, he is the blackest white man I know!”
– Sharrie Williams – The Princess of Rockin’ Gospel Blues
Opening Act – Here are some artists that Charlie has shared the stage with: Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Taylor, Millie Jackson, Laith Al-Saadi, Ray Bonneville, The Stooges, The Rationals, Scott Richard Case, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and J Frank Wilson.