The setting is Nashville – the year, 2010. Worldwide economic turmoil threatens to inject the final needle into an already gasping record industry, hungover from the fray of its decadent past and desperately spewing sound files into a digital abyss.
While the unfortunate helmsmen and women of Music Row strain to eke out a piecemeal profit in a world they have not been conditioned to understand, they overlook a universal truth: All Things End.
The corollary to this fact is that the ruins of past powers often become the primordial sludge that yields new and unforeseen life. The Modern Musician has the opportunity to experience more music, literally at our fingertips, than any preceding generation could have ever imagined. This new breed of artists is innovative, tech-savvy, and unwilling to accept the decreasing standard of quality in popular music. They make a conscious choice to pursue excellence, not the lowest common denominator.
Native son of Nashville Charlie Pate was signed to publishing and record deals upon completion of high school. He expanded his bluegrass foundation by playing guitar, mandolin, and bass with groups of various styles and textures. Currently, he is traveling the country with alt-bluegrass group Bucktown Kickback and finishing a record with hip-hop group the 365s, all the while working with his own jazz-country trio Dixie’s Finest. He anticipates the release of his debut album, Charlie Pate Sings Oh, Mighty Cheops! The project, made with producers Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, is a showcase of original tunes with the accompaniment of some of the world’s best musicians. When performing with Dixie’s Finest, audience members recognize Charlie’s youthful exuberance and joy of improvisation. Long time fans and first time listeners alike agree that they are indeed witnessing “The Finest Country Music Show in All the Land!”