Louisiana born Georgia raised Chuck McDowell is an award winning songwriter and entertainer with a reputation as a remarkably prolific songwriter in songwriting circles around the country. Clever and driven in his pursuit to write better songs, his focus and energy has gained attention from, and garnered co-writes with, some of most lauded songwriters & lyricists of our day.
In the beginning.... well, In the 2nd grade, Chuck was star struck by the Beatles and amazed by the effect the guitar slinging songsters had on the girls. He decided it was time to pick up the guitar for himself. But eventually, when it was time to get serious about life and start a family, his music was relegated to his basement and occasional church services.
Over the last 12 years, Chuck has again dived into his passion and commitment to music and the wonderful connections it creates between people. A romantic, an innovator and a wildly creative personality, he first put together the eclectic ESOEBO, a guitar/cello duo with Gail Burnett that re-imagines and re-invents a wide variety of cover songs (Eclectic Selections Of Everything But Opera). Gwinnett Magazine named ESOEBO Best Entertainer of the Year.
While building an audience that now consistently sells out The Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, Chuck began to focus on songwriting again. He has garnered attention for festival appearances including 30A Songwriter Festival and International Folk Alliance. You'll probably pick up his influences, though they are filtered through his unique and playful instincts and southern upbringing. .
No Depression recently wrote "McDowell is a deft and crafty songwriter with an innate ability to write serious, emotionally deep-sounding songs born of rather innocuous incidents." Humor and depth often intertwine letting the listener filter which they receive. His live performances are known for making people smile, laugh, cry, clap, sing, shout, and stomp.
Last year, he's completed a full length album of original material (Produced & Recorded by son Robert McDowell, lead guitarist for the wildly successful Manchester Orchestra.) He refers to this collection as "stealth" songs, where each song is embedded with a spiritual truth or parallel so listeners can appreciate and extract meaning from wherever they happen to come from. Titled 'The Journey', this collection of songs is an eloquent reflection of the journeys we all go through: self discovery, friendships built and lost, romantic love & spiritual relationships. Planting a core truth inside each song has allowed Chuck to explore what those truths might mean to different people. 'Just Don't See' could as easily be about addiction to Porn Sites as it is about addiction to Pintrest Sites. There are a couple of great co-writes on the album including "At All' written with Dan Navarro (Pat Benatar, Lowen & Navarro, The Lorax). About the recording, Chuck says, "It was just unbelievable working with my son and such a beautiful and proud experience to see how creative, talented and skilled he is. I watched him work 10 hours a day for 11 days like a speed chess tournament...excepting Sundays."