In the past few years, Charlie Faye has become a darling of the Austin music scene. As a gifted singer/songwriter, she has played with illustrious musicians such as Natalie Merchant, Will Sexton, and Ian Moore. Her first CD, “Travels with Charlie,” the result of her 10-month quest to live and play in a different city each month, climbed to #7 on the Americana Radio Chart. As a booker for the legendary Threadgill’s, she has made a name for herself promoting other talented musicians. A native Austinite, Charlie Faye’s roots are firmly planted in this city, and the local scene has clearly influenced her musical vision, even as she travels throughout the U.S. in support of her latest CD.
Her new release, “You Were Fine, You Weren’t Even Lonely,” is unique for many reasons. Not just a collection of love songs, this CD reads like a love story, chronicling all of its beauty and pain in one narrative thread. It was also recorded when she was undergoing her own real life break-up with her co-writer and producer on the album, Will Sexton. Unlike many singer/songwriters of her generation, Faye writes love songs steeped in longing and sadness, but without rancor or bitterness. “You Were Fine, You Weren’t Even Lonely” traces the journey of a relationship, from its exhilarating first moments in the lovely, joyful “What’s So Special,” easily one of the strongest tracks on the CD, to the heartbreaking last gasps on tracks like “When it’s Over.”
Faye writes mature love songs that clearly belie her years. One of the last tracks on the CD, “To the Altar,” tells the story of woman who must break the news of her upcoming marriage to her ex-boyfriend. It’s an honest and unflinching look at accepting lost love and learning to move on. With simple but poignant lyrics, she perfectly chronicles a relationship that has run its course (“It’s getting late and I should go, I don’t live here anymore, and tomorrow I’m going to the altar.) Faye’s voice is classically pretty, but with an edge and depth that bring a gravitas to her songs. “You Were Fine, You Weren’t Even Lonely” starts out jubilant and finishes with a quiet acceptance, just like many of the most complex relationships.
Charlie Faye will be playing three shows in Nashville from September 13th to the 19th before returning to her native Austin.