CD Review: Charlie Mosbrook

Something to Believe (self-released)

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On the opening title track, singer-guitarist Charlie Mosbrook sings, "we all need something to believe" with a good deal of vigor, injecting some real life into the track with his spirited harmonica wails. It's a testament to his talent that Mosbrook, a veteran on the local folk-rock scene who became a quadriplegic in 2010, sounds this inspired this late in his career. He's described this collection of sparse tunes as "new songs for the 19th century," but the songs don't sound that archaic. "A World Not Seen" and "Shining Through" have a '70s vibe to them and evoke Cat Stevens and they're such great songs, it doesn't matter if they don't fit with the new folk-rock fad. — Jeff Niesel

Charlie Mosbrook and Avin Baird perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Winchester.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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