Concert Preview: Charlie Faye Celebrates Steinbeck’s Classic Road Trip Book

Charley Faye Travels With Charley Steinbeck Festival
What happens when a classic book inspires an artist to embark on an ambitious tour and record new music in ten different cities while on the road?

Editorial Note: article first published as Charlie Faye Celebrates Book-Inspired Tour at Steinbeck Festival on Blogcritics.

Over the last several months Austin singer-songwriter Charlie Faye ambitiously set out on her current tour to stay a month in each city to record a new song and in essence form a new band in each city. She got the idea from one of the best books ever written about the road trip experience John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley

Along the way she’s recorded songs with several artists including singer-songwriter Ian Moore, who has performed with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, ZZ Top among others and appeared in Billy Bob Thornton’s film Sling Blade. During this stay in Portland, they wrote and recorded the song, “Undertow,” which is available for free download here.

Faye started the tour in Tucson in January, where she performed and recorded with Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico. While Charlie was in LA in February, she recorded with Mike Thompson (who tours w/ the Eagles on piano), Paul Bryan (who plays bass w/ Aimee Mann) and Sheryl Crow drummer, Brian McLeod. Charlie has since spent time in Boulder and Shreveport and spent the entire month of July in Burlington, VT.

Now she’s headed back to California to cap celebrate the namesake of her ambitious touring adventure at the 30th Annual Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, CA August 5 – 8.

For more info on Faye’s latest album Wilson St. and upcoming tour dates visit

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