'Dying Breed' is out now!
There is a saying that you have to live it to sell it, and if that is true, then Charlie Fittler, is the real deal. He has lived his entire 19 years on his family's fifth generation Merino sheep property in the New South Wales Northern Tablelands outside of Armidale. This is the heartland, and country life runs in his veins. That true country experience is laid front and centre on the lead and titled track lifted from his forthcoming EP – Dying Breed – due for release on May 12.
“I wrote this song with my older brother Tom at home in 2021,” says Charlie. “I wanted to write a song that had a different arrangement but still had that traditional country rock vibe. The song is about imperfect people that sometimes aren't always what they seem.”
Both the single and EP are produced by Bill Chambers who – thanks to his traditional roots and outlaw ways - is the perfect fit as producer for the young artist.
“Bill is a no-bullshit person, yet when he gives you advice about songwriting, recording or anything in general, he takes his time and is incredibly accommodating, and you shut up and listen.”
Chambers assembled a stellar A-team of musicians for the EP including Jeff McCormack (Bass), Rod Motbey (Electric Guitars), Glen Wilson (Drums), Mick Albeck (Fiddle) and Michael Sparrow (Harmonies) – joining Chambers (Slide Guitars, Mandolin, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Harmonies) and Fittler (Guitars) to round out the mighty studio band. Jeff McCormack mixed and mastered the track adding that further touch of Australian Country Music magic dust.
Following its debut at #48 on the Countrytown Hot 50 Country Airplay Chart, the accompanying music video, which premieres today exclusively on Countrytown, was filmed and edited by Duncan Toombs. Watch the video below!
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Charlie started playing guitar at eight-years-old and, four years later, performed at his first open mic night at a local restaurant, which cemented his love for performing. He made his Tamworth Country Music Festival debut at age 13.
Charlie attended The Academy of Country Music in 2018, where he co-wrote his debut single Guitar Can't Drink a Beer, released in 2019, with multi–Golden Guitar winner Travis Collins. That same year, he performed a captivating cover of George Ezra's hit, Shotgun on The Voice Australia.
He has opened for many artists, including Troy Cassar Daley and Ian Moss's on the 2022 Together Alone Tour and appeared at the Paul Kelly and Friends concert at Dirrandbandi.
Charlie was also a Toyota Star Maker top ten finalist in 2022.
Follow Charlie Fittler on his Facebook page here.