Charlie Lacy is a blues guitarist who plays with the Gopher Tones and with Jaggedease. He is also a 2009 inductee of the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame as part of the group Night Shift.
- What sparked your interest in music?
Just listening to Hendrix and Clapton was enough to spark my interest. I did take guitar lessons as a little kid, but that was a huge waste of time. I learned off records and from other guys that could play.
- Most listened to song in the last week?
“My Favorite Things” by John Coltrane.
- Favorite local band or artist?
Any band in town with Tom Kochie. He plays with Doghouse Jon and the Misbehavers, and he is the most underappreciated blues guitar player in Minnesota.
- If you could run sound for one artist no longer among the living, who would it be? Why?
Howlin’ Wolf. He was a blues guy – a giant and powerful singer. His band was a force of nature. There is nothing about a Howlin’ Wolf album that was loose and sloppy. It was all so intuitive.
- If you had to outlaw one song from ever being played again, which would it be and why?
For me, there are bad versions of songs, but there isn’t really a bad song. But, if I could outlaw anything, I would outlaw modern pop country music. It connects with human beings on the most superficial level, if at all. It is so formulaic. People are settling for so much less than they have to, and that’s painful – in a soul sense.
- Top artist at the moment?
Merle Haggard. He was a triple threat. He was a great guitarist, monster singer, and the best country songwriter that ever lived. The guy was so gifted – a true musician.
- One book you think everyone should read?
“Bleak House” by Charles Dickens. When Dickens writes about the social conditions and poverty in London, it’s devastating. But it could have been written yesterday. It’s a thick book, but it’s pretty seamless. And anything by William Faulkner. Everyone should read Faulkner.
- Show rituals or superstitions?
I have a Stratocaster that my wife gave me. Within the hour that I was buying her engagement ring, she was buying that guitar for me. Anytime I’m nervous or have a big gig, I play that guitar.
- What makes you stand out as a musician?
It’s the people I get to play with. There’s nothing special about what I do, but I get to play with some pretty great folks. They make everyone around them look good.
- What is your musical philosophy?
Music tends to disarm people, and it allows people to leave their political and cultural baggage at the door. It becomes a safe place for everybody to share in a common humanity.