On "Soul Train," the opening track from singer-songwriter Charlie Marie's new album Ramble On, the Rhode Island native quells the fears of those who prefer their country music with fiddle and pedal steel. "Times change, people grow old/ Classic country will always have a home," Marie sings. "It's all about the country, not the fame/ Come on, take a ride on a soul train."
Marie, who began fronting her own country band at the age of 16, fell in love with country music at 10 years old when her music teacher compared her voice to Patsy Cline.
Marie says Patsy Cline's ability to make listeners connect to her inner emotions has always endeared her to the country legend.
''Crazy' performed by Patsy Cline was the first country song I learned to sing. The emotion I felt was deep like the hurt in Patsy's voice," Marie tells Wide Open Country. "From then on I wanted to make people feel, even if it was sadness or heartbreak. I believe that feeling the waves is better than being numb to the ocean. It's easy to be afraid of emotions like that, but Patsy taught me the best way to deal with the ups and downs of the world is to sing about them and give it all you got."
Charlie Marie relocated to Nashville for college and became a regular at classic country hot spot American Legion Post 82's Honkytonk Tuesday Night.
Ramble On, produced by Tyler-James Kelly, is the follow-up to Marie's 2019 self-titled EP.
For more information on Charlie Marie, visit her official website.