Nashville underground favorite Charlie Bonnet III has released his eighth solo album, titled A Hotel In Valdosta, through Dammit Boy Entertainment, and is preparing for a summer run of concerts in support. Hailed as a cross between Skynyrd and Waylon, but with a modern flair, Bonnet is a working man's guitar hero who began cutting his teeth as a songwriter nearly three decades ago. "I've always had the knack for finding a melody line and the guitar chords that go with it" he states. "My approach to songwriting is a simple one. Do not force a song. Tell a story based on something you have gone through, and you will find an audience that relates to it."
A Hotel In Valdosta has no shortage of stories. The album's first single and video is 'Borrowed Minutes,' a 70's rock inspired tune telling the dangers of getting caught up in life's rat race. "That song is about people spending all their time chasing money, and missing out on way more important things, like making memories with their kids while they are little. You can have all the cash in the world and you will die like everybody else, so get your priorities together."
Making his home base in Nashville, Charlie Bonnet III has flirted with mainstream success in the past, having had a stint as lead guitarist for A&E reality star Big Smo, as well as a four year run as co-founder, singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of minor league rock favorites, Moccasin Creek. It was during this time that he caught the eye of major label producer Jon Conner, whose newly launched Dammit Boy imprint was seeking talent. When the original Moccasin Creek dried up in late 2014, Conner was quick to scoop up Bonnet from the ruins, and put him in the studio. The result is A Hotel In Valdosta, a solid slab of country rock glory that showcases Bonnet's well-honed songwriting and delivery. "I think people in this day and age still love music, but they are sick of being force fed a bunch of corporate fodder" he states. "It's my goal to bring back real stories to the songs, the way rock and country both did back in the 70's era. Ronnie Van Zant was a master of that in his time. I want to bring that same feeling back to music today. I don't care if it sells one copy or one million, as long as it's real."
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Watch the 'Borrowed Minutes' video here: CHARLIE BONNET III - Borrowed Minutes - OFFICIAL VIDEO