"...a novelist's eye for detail and the soul of a honky-tonk poet..."
"If the past isn't alive in you then the future will be empty."
-Greil Marcus, The Basement Tapes.
Music. Art. Literature.
"Your CD is great. I love your sound; clear, strong yet gentle voice... love the story songs. It's wonderful."
Pat Moore, Canadian Spaces, CKCU, Ottawa
Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun re This Place Called Home:
"Roots musician Joe Charron obviously puts care into his lyrics and delivers them with honesty... Fans of Tom Russell will feel right at home here."
Pat Moore, CKCU, Ottawa re This Place Called Home:
"Your CD is great. I love your sound; clear, strong, yet gentle voice, love the story songs. It's wonderful."
Roger Holdstock, Vancouver, re This Place Called Home:
"Your CD is a work of art, inside and out.
The arrangements do justice to your always exquisite poetry. The words and music fit organically throughout the album. You can be proud."
Johnny Maudlin, Vancouver songwriter writes:
Ian Tyson. It's a name that comes to mind upon hearing a few bars of Joe's good work. But it's way too easy. Charron delivers believable blues and even jazzy turns here and there, and every song is informed by his unpretentious eye for observing the world around him.Singing a sad song, a sad country song that is not oozing self pity is not so easy, parody of country music and it's players aside. Joe can make you feel some things in a very genuine way and I sat quite transfixed, actually comforted in some strange way (that I completely understand) by the steadiness of the way the songs were delivered. A simple formula, theoretically, straightforward writing, bare-knuckle playing, singing from the stomach. Yeah. Try it sometime.Joe, you are a great Canadian folk writer. Glad to know you!