charliecheney 18


Madison USA   Jan 2007  

Artist Bio

I like writing songs. And I'm back for 2018. The date above suggests this will be my 12th year.

Learn even less about me here:

In 2015 I started an acoustic duo with Sarah Blick @fiddlerblick80 called Sugar Still @sugarstill ( and we've played over 350 shows in 26 states and Canada, released 4 albums on CD and online, and driven around 60,000 miles per year since then. Our first album "Balance" from June 2015 had a few 2015 FAWM songs on it:

Our 3rd album "Go" from March 2017 had a few 2016 FAWM songs on it:

We're finally off the road for a 4-month break after 22 months straight and 263 shows, so I'll be writing songs from a 9th floor condo in Madison WI this year where I'm house-sitting two cats.


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  • @kahlo2013  Mar 17

    Oh! So sorry to hear that,Charlie!

  • @sapient  Mar 1

    Me? Perform live?
    Hardly ever. There is video evidence of it having happened at FAWM over parties, but otherwise I'm very much a studio dweller πŸ˜ƒ

  • @caterwauler Feb 28


  • @majordanby  Feb 28

    Doh! I literally only wrote 1 and a half lines in the β€˜Sid James’ song and one of them wasn’t factually correct, haha! (Sorry Karl!)

  • @leepat  Feb 26

    Hi Charlie, thanks for checking out my 10x10 effort. I think a baritone uke would have been nice for it, but I understand you're on leave πŸ˜€ Must say, I thought the same about most of EF's songs this year. Practice makes better, I guess. Cheers!

  • @caterwauler Feb 25

    Your typos are like shiny echoes of your sincerity. I love them. πŸ˜€
    Thank you for your kind feedback.
    Your inner voice sings through others, you're just amazing. ❀️

  • @cowex  Feb 24

    Hey! Thanks for noticing that. I realized I hate hearing spoken parts in a song (especially when I'm the one speaking). So to mitigate it, I try to find a way to either make it a melody or bury one in it πŸ˜€. You found it!

  • @tcelliott  Feb 24

    I've sent you an email.

  • @joshbelville  Feb 23

    Is there any other kind of laundromat chair? 🀣

  • @leepat  Feb 23

    Oh well, I was guessing as much, but a thick veil it is πŸ˜€ Should work more on my worldliness, haha

  • @joshbelville  Feb 20

    It's up! "Puppy in the Laundromat" should be arriving in the next couple of days--it has some guest stars.

  • @joshbelville  Feb 20

    Collab me up on "Just Let Me Know," I got a track for ya buddy.

  • @taracraig  Feb 19

    If you've got any lyrics left in the well, I'd love to take a nice long drink. Let me know.

  • @joshbelville  Feb 19

    Also send me all your lyrics, I'm bailing on my own project because writing about school shootings is depressing when one happens like a week after you start.

  • @joshbelville  Feb 19

    You didn't stall my progress, Charlie. My new Nintendo Switch stalled my progress. I have the song, just need to record it! Haha. Hopefully will be done by the end of the day

  • @tcelliott  Feb 18

    Hey, CC... I know you're busy and I'm sorry to hear about your voice but I still think you are amazing as all your collaborations this year is proving. Don't feel obligated and I feel just a bit of guilt for asking... say no if you'd like... but... If you find the time to write a lyric that you'd let me musicify I'd be greatly honored. Be well.

  • @cowex  Feb 18

    Awesome, that's great news! I'm glad. I like how the glitch effect sort of jumps out at me sometimes. Yay for useful presets!

  • @sapient  Feb 17

    Oh, how cool!
    Let me take a look... πŸ˜ƒ

  • @sapient  Feb 17

    Meter? I do best with 4/4, tho the tele keeps wanting to swing into 3/4. The tricksy beast.
    Themes, apart from evil guitars... Life on the road, whisky, motels, the desert sun, the weirdness of Utah roads (Moab! WTF!!), grit in the eye, the desire for a home you can't find, dust on black boots and the glint of the morning star on the horizon. Yeah that's spurring me on this Feb. Does that help?

  • @sapient  Feb 17

    My FAWM output this year is swinging wildly between early 90s death metal and a weird kind of country music. The latter seems to have sprung from having bought a telecaster... I suspect it's posessed. Hmm, is that inspiration for a song right there?

  • @sapient  Feb 17

    Man, I love the way you are approaching FAWM this year. Such a cool range of styles and emotions in these words you are writing!
    If you have the time and desire, I would love to have some of your beautiful words to work with.... Though whether the result would be beautiful is questionable πŸ˜‰

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    I love writing adjectives out of order. Like saying jelly and peanut butter or Garfunkel and Simon.

  • @rockstarsmd  Feb 2018

    Brother Charlie! I hope this note finds you well... it certainly finds you predictably, sustainably talented in the ways of songcraft!

    Let me know if you're playing in Northern California any time before mid-June.

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 2018

    Hey. Thanks for the response...
    I will look at that chord...

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 2018

    I Know your one of the most popular boys in town
    but here is a Colab I would love to do with you if
    you think it could be fun and or interesting..

    I am stuck in the same 5 chords...

    could you give me another progression
    that will get me out of my rut...
    I would use my old Baritone uke...
    I don't want anything too hard!! I'm still (newish) to that bari..

    make it real "Charlie Cheneyish"

    Cheers and thanks a lot...
    of course pass on it if you worries..

  • @splittybooms  Feb 2018

    Thank you for listening. I want to go back and add some variation to the drum fills, honestly. That timer was ticking down though. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

  • @corinnelucy  Feb 2018

    Hey! Thanks for the lovely comments - they were super detailed, which is really satisfying. Facebook message me your lyrics!

  • @corinnelucy  Feb 2018

    You got any gaps in that dance card buddy? I would LOVE to music up some of your lyrics, your way with them is just incredible. I really wish I'd found you before everyone else started asking...

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Not sure if the database bug-up I had posting this song caused you not to see it or if upon seeing it you recoiled in horror.

  • @erbaer  Feb 2018

    Hey Charlie! Ignore my wise cracking comments. I'd would enjoy setting your words to song. Hope you feel better soon.

  • @cowex  Feb 2018

    I'd sing for a Charlie! Get well dude.

  • @abudabard12514  Feb 2018

    I'd sing a Charlie lyric! Wouldn't be the first time!

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Sing for Charlie? Oh yeah.

    Also, thanks for the confidence boost on Tenuous #2. I'm feeling stronger about my playing since I got into the tenor.

  • @debs  Feb 2018

    I, too, would gladly sing for a Charlie. 🌼

  • @joshbelville  Feb 2018

    Charlie I heard that your voice is broke. Please write lyrics for me and I will make a song out of them!

  • @debs  Feb 2018

    Yeah, that "Emptiness of my soul" bit was me. 😝 I said it as a joke and Plat insisted on leaving it in. 😁

  • @debs  Feb 2018

    Oh Charlie. When you commented on my skirmish song, "Choosing from two good things is so much harder than being forced to change," that made me stop and go..."Damn." You are absolutely right. Those were words I needed, and you're amazing.

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2018

    Get me lyrics and I'll sing as best I can for the both of us. πŸ˜€
    And i'll instrument and send it to you or post it and allow you to with it as you will.

    Have your way. πŸ˜€

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2018

    And, I think we're due a collab too!

  • @axl  Feb 2018

    That's great news. I'd love to meet up and jam a little. I'll think of some people you could contact and email you the details. I've got to get you to Hamburg. πŸ˜€

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Re: your poem: I've never seen you write anything like that. It's clearly a poem, not a song. I don't believe in the bleeding artist who can only work from pain, but once the the door is open, sometimes the right stuff comes out.

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 2018

    Ohhhhhhh! I see it. Not sure why I was reading it wrong. My bad.

  • @mrmule Feb 2018

    thanks for the comment, that's actually why I love jazzmaster because it has insane range in the tone and you can make it sound like a telecaster too 😁

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Re: pusheen catβ€”oh yeah, understood. In the moment, the pain is just as bad whatever goes on in the future.

    But at least there's songwriting. I've never gotten any good material out of my ex, but I've gotten material that got out of the way of good stuff.

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Ooh, thanks for the 'gloriously assertive' on We Are Water. I wanted it to have an attitude.

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 2018

    Ooh, exciting! Yes, leave it with me 😁 Thanks, Charlie!

  • @caterwauler Feb 2018

    Thank you for listening. So glad you felt like that, that's the best compliment. <3

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Good call on the Western swing thing. Hadn’t realized it.

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 2018

    Wow!! couldn't get any sweeter...PV is just so beautiful...a hidden gem of a place...If your around Sunday, there is a awesome guitar meet-up in Wilderness park...come by if you are not doing anything..

  • @petra777  Jan 2018


  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 2018

    Hey Charlie...I"ll be listening..

  • @erbaer  Jan 2018

    Good Fawming to you, lad!

  • @arthurrossi Jan 2018

    Hey! Nice to see you for another FAWM! Looking forward to your new songs...

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hello!! Great to see you again. πŸ˜€ Yay for FAWM!!

  • @cowex  Jan 2018

    Yay it's a Charlie! I was just thinking about the SugarKrew days. Glad to see you back and writing!

  • @tan482  Jan 2018

    Hi! Looking forward to hearing your creations!

  • @kahlo2013  Jan 2018

    Happy FAWMing with a view! I look forward to hearing your music!

  • @caterwauler Jan 2018

    "I almost took a screen shot to send to Burr." Haha, I hope nobody else will send him one.
    My bio tended to be massive in the past years, so it was time to go back to the lite version... πŸ™‚

  • @caterwauler Jan 2018

    I'm afraid I typed this error message myself instead of a proper bio. I hope I didn't crash the whole system by doing so. πŸ˜‰
    I lost people in my watchlist several times in the past, and my guess was I unwatched them unwillingly while browsing the FAWM site on my tablet.

    Thanks for listening to Mojo! I miss making music with him so much...

  • @dustymason  Jan 2018

    Did I mention that I need to come to Madison (Fitchburg, actually) to photograph an installation of my stone art at Sub-Zero's corporate headquarters? February might be a good time to visit you.

  • @axl  Jan 2018

    Hey Charlie! I'm happy to see you back, too. You've been one of the pillars of FAWM for me over the years. Btw, great post on the warmfuzzyhappylovethread.

  • @tcelliott  Jan 2018

    CC! Glad you're back.

  • @caterwauler Jan 2018

    Love you too Charlie! I'm not adding you to my watchlist, because you've always been there. ❀️

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  • @caterwauler Jan 2018

    What you said in the warm and fuzzy happiness thread. Thank you for voicing it so perfectly.

    Wishing you a great, happy FAWM. ❀️

  • @devin  Jan 2018

    Farming FAWMers feel frisky!

    Well, we used to. Now I seem vaguely interested, depending on the nap schedule.

    Have a great event sir!

  • @steffan  Jan 2018


  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2018

    Happy FAWM!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018!

  • @spinhead  Jan 2018

    Blueridge FTW. I love mine more every day. But it's also nudged me to tune my grandfather's Harmony archtop tenor to standard CGDA and suddenly it sounds better than it used to.

    Now if I can just find a mandocello for eleven bucks.