Live on The Roadhouse: Charles Van Zandt and Satellite 4

written by Frankie Brownstone
photos by Jeff Conlin

Last night on The Roadhouse, Greg Vandy welcomed a very special live guest, Charles Van Zandt, and the Seattle soul combo Satellite 4.

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Charles Van Zandt is a gifted singer from Tyler, Texas. There must be something special in the water down there, because the piney woods country of East Texas has spawned many talented blues and soul performers over the years. Charles has been working the clubs, dancehalls and concert venues for sometime with his gut wrenching emotion and smooth delivery. His 45 of “Cummins Prison” on Echo records did well down south, and the flip side “Lovers Land” is still sought after by northern soul collectors in Europe and the UK.

Presently Charles is finishing a new collection of songs that capture the old spirit with new compositions and fresh vital energy. The 45 is being re-released to high demand and a collection of his recordings from the seventies has been remastered for released.

Recently Charles came together with Seattle soul instrumentalists Satellite 4 for a series of shows and sessions. Charles says he hit on a hot combination with these musicians. It is a timely collaboration that puts a strong, well-seasoned vocal atop a hard and heavy sounding rhythm section. Satellite 4 has the feel and tempo he likes, and the camaraderie between the guys is natural. Charles Van Zandt puts real experiences in his lyrics, and says most of the stuff in his songs happened to him directly.

One of the songs, “Hail Mary,” was written by Nashville songwriter Denise Draper, and gets an incredible response every time it’s played. Charles said he initially didn’t care for the song when he heard the demo, but eventually became attached to the thing, having a realization that the song fit him perfectly.

Spring and Summer 2009 BELONG to Charles Van Zandt, you’d best believe he is going to cover some ground. Plans are being firmed up for some festival dates and a string of club appearances. New writing and production progresses every day, with life experience and real drama working it’s way into each song. It will be worth watching how Charles Van Zandt and the Satellite 4 grow and branch out, stay tuned to www.myspace.com/thesatellite4.


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9 Comments

  1. Mrs Pamela Smith
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    what a good looking man you are Charles VanZandt Mrs Pamela Smith of Dallas,Tx )

  2. Ora Walker
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I am proud of you, keep up the good work.

    Love your sis. Ora

  3. Betty Ransom
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    You are a very talented man, I am so proud of you.

    Love your niece B. J.

  4. liisa huff of seattle
    Posted November 17, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    i just love this man and im proud to be a fan

  5. Alison Brown
    Posted November 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I was so impressed with your story while flying on Friday and am looking forward to hearing some music.

  6. Posted May 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    THIS MUSIC IS BLUES AT ITS FINEST. I WAS BORN IN MEMPHIS, R&B HAS ALWAYS BEEN APART OF MY LIFE. I LOVE THIS ARTIST!!!! KEEP ENTERTAINING US. XOXOXO LOVE YOU TYLER, TEXAS

  7. linda graham
    Posted July 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    you are my hero!! keep the music coming..love you and very proud of you, linda

  8. mitchell craddock
    Posted December 5, 2009 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    east texas finest.. you go man...

  9. Susan Carson
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    I love listening to the sweet sounds of The Satelite four! But to me Charles Van Zandt brings it out! Of course anyone could hear his voice one time as he sings his heart out to be able to tell that his music is not just music, but part of his soul.
    CVZ is a person to be once again at the top as he pours out his life and the lives of others in the music we all love to hear!

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