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Review: Charlie Bonnet III – Sinner With A Song

Review: Charlie Bonnet III – Sinner With A Song

Charlie Bonnet III / Cb3 Music 2017

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Okay I’ll hold my hands up and say I wasn’t aware of Charlie Bonnet III (sorry Charlie), but I initially received a PR release about a collaboration with none other than Tracii Guns.

I was intrigued as to how this would sound, as it wasn’t something that to me was an obvious partnership music wise.

Well having received a copy of the EP from Charlie, all I can say is what a pleasant surprise. This is Southern Rock yes, but with a sleazy slant to it.

Yes there are elements of the EP that have a strong Steve Earle / Lynyrd Skynyrd feel to them, but hey that’s kind of to be expected when it comes to anything Southern Rock.

With  strong melodies and insightful writing it’s a real pleasure to listen to.

For me personally, the two stand out tracks, of the six that are on the EP,  are ‘Restless And Reckless‘ & ‘Heading Home‘.

It would certainly be good to hear a full album’s worth of this material. For Southern Rock fans, it’s certainly worth checking out.


Tracii Guns Teams Up With Charlie Bonnet III For New EP

Tennessee country rocker Charlie Bonnet III is preparing to release a new studio EP, titled ‘Sinner With A Song‘, on July 28th.
Having built a following over the course of 8 solo albums and hundreds of live performances, Bonnet is a working man’s musician and songwriter, bringing grit and raw honesty to a music world saturated with AutoTune and gimmicks. “My stuff ain’t rocket science.  I’ve got a one, maybe two octave voice on a good day.  I know a few chords and can play a pretty decent blues guitar lick,” he states.  “I’ve always been drawn to the storytelling of old country music, but I’ve never liked the over produced feel of it.  My personality leans towards more aggressive music, raw and with some attitude.  I like to rock out.
Enter guitar hero Tracii Guns, the Hollywood mainstay known for co-founding Guns N Roses, and later launching L.A. Guns into the mainstream. “I met Tracii a few years ago while doing another project,” says Charlie.  “Late last year I hit him up to help me on this batch of songs, and fortunately it worked out.”   Guns originally signed on to mix and master the session, but didn’t stop there. “Tracii actually plays B3 organ on the record,” reveals Bonnet. “He’s obviously famous for hard rock, but he’s done a lot of records that lean to more of a classic 70’s sound.  I told him what my vision was and he knew exactly what to do.  He really shaped the overall tone of the record and took it to another level.”  The result is ‘Sinner With A Song‘, a 6 song slab of roots rock glory that is part Steve Earle and part Black Crowes, with a touch of 70’s era Aerosmith thrown in for good measure. “We set out to make this thing vintage sounding.  We didn’t play to a click track.  There’s no pitch correcting on the voice.  It’s just raw and real.  Mic the room up and go for it.  Overdub a vocal and throw a guitar lead on it.  That formula worked for Skynyrd in 1975, so why wouldn’t it work for me?
Opening with the title cut, Bonnet’s lyrics fire away at the naysayers that have written him off for years:  “Judge me based upon the things you’ve heard.  All second hand, but that’s the way you bottom feeders work…”  “I wrote that song while cutting my grass,” he says with a laugh. “It just fell out of the sky and hit me all at once.  The melody, the lyrics, everything.  I shut the mower off and ran to the house to write it all down before I forgot it. Restless And Reckless and Waiting On Time are the next two tracks, both rockers that deal with the age old subject of young love.  “Waiting On Time is actually an old song of mine,” says Charlie. “I’ve had it for close to twenty years, but it didn’t fit the context of my earlier records.  It fit this one perfectly.”  Hometown Heroes is next, a jangly roots rocker about the high school jock that never grew up.  “Every town has one,” he states. “It’s about the high school football star that still acts like an asshole twenty years later.”  The Skynyrd-inspired Heading Home is track number five, and the only ballad on the record.  “I wrote that while staring out a window of a tour bus in the middle of the night,” Charlie reflects. “I was missing my child and the song just came to me out of nowhere.  It’s my favorite of all my songs.”  The record closes with Cold And Alone, a moody rocker that deals with the subject of depression.
Charlie Bonnet III is currently on the road with his power trio, The Folkin’ Gasholes.  ‘Sinner With A Song‘ is available everywhere on July 28th.

Tracii Guns Handles Post Production On Nashville Roots Rock Project


L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns has taken on post-production duties for Sinner With A Song, the upcoming six-song studio EP from the Nashville based southern rock outfit, Charlie Bonnet III And The Rebel Ways. Guns recently announced his involvement with the project on social media, stating, “These guys are badass and I’m proud to be mixing this record.” In a separate post, he stated, “Mixing the new Charlie Bonnet III EP. Sounds killer.” He is also credited on the album for playing the B3 organ.
A mainstay in the Nashville rock community for over two decades, Charlie Bonnet III first met Tracii in 2013 when the two were working on a track together for another project.
A mutual friend introduced us through the internet,” Bonnet states. “My previous band would occasionally have guest players do a guitar lead on our records, and Tracii was one of the guys we used for a song. We just sort of stayed in touch after that.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016, when Bonnet was beginning to write for a new solo record. “I knew I wanted to use the same band for this one that I use at my live shows, not studio session guys like I have used in the past. I just have a cool chemistry with these guys and I wanted to get it on tape,” he says. The backing band, known as The Rebel Ways, has been a hot ticket on the regional bike rally circuit for the past year. “We just get up there with Les Pauls and Marshalls, and throw down on my songs, as well as some rocked up versions of classic rock deep cuts. It’s a party.
In mid October Charlie loaded up fellow Rebel Ways guitarist, Adam Farris, and the two headed to Memphis, where Tracii Guns was doing a gig with his own solo band. During an after show hangout, the two approached Tracii with the idea of having him mix the project, and he agreed.
I told him I had a new batch of Skynyrd and Steve Earle plagiarisms, and I would be honored if he’d be a part of it,” Bonnet says with a laugh. “When he agreed, and even volunteered to put some B3 on it, I had to try hard to hide my inner fanboy,” adds Farris. “This record is gonna be really cool.
The Rebel Ways are rounded out by bassist Ceth Carter, and drummer Travis Ashley.
Sinner With A Song is set for an early-2017 release.

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