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Blues Hall of Famer Michael Charles in Murphy on Dec. 7

  • A native of Australia, Michael Charles came to Chicago to play the blues and now calls the United States his home.

    A native of Australia, Michael Charles came to Chicago to play the blues and now calls the United States his home.
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Carbondale Times
updated: 12/5/2018 1:27 PM

Grammy-elected and Blues Hall of Fame Australian artist Michael Charles will take the stage Friday, Dec. 7 at Brews Brothers Taproom in Murphysboro.

Charles' musical pilgrimage started more than five decades ago in his birth place of Melbourne, Australia. While enjoying a successful musical crusade of touring, recording and numerous television and radio appearances in his homeland, Charles received an invitation from Buddy Guy's management to appear at the famous Legends in Chicago. Charles traveled the 12,500 miles and took the stage with Guy. After numerous trips back and forth, Charles made the decision to make America his home.

Charles worked the whole Chicago blues circuit, performing with Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater, Junior Wells and George Baze, as well as touring with blues legend Jimmy Dawkins.

Through the next 20 years, Charles was featured in numerous television and radio broadcasts and several music magazines.

In 2015, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Charles' discography is made up of 34 releases, including a double-CD, 30-year anthology released in 2014 and the live CD "Concert at the Nest", released in the winter of 2015.

• The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Brews Brothers Taproom in Murphysboro.