Charles Wesley Godwin Shares a Taste of ‘Seneca’ Album, His ‘Autobiography of an Appalachian Boy’


If Charles Wesley Godwin had his method a couple of years again, he'd be sporting spikes somewhat than taking part in songs.

Godwin -- whose "(Windmill) Keep on Turning" is premiering solely under from his upcoming debut album Seneca -- got here to West Virginia University with desires of strolling on to the Mountaineers soccer group. "I all the time performed sports activities rising up," Godwin, whose father mines coal, tells Billboard, "however I simply wasn't ok and acquired reduce. After making an attempt that I few instances I spotted that wasn't going to occur for me. Then I had all that spare time, and I simply landed on music as one thing that perhaps I might do productively with my freed time. I had a little bit little bit of pure expertise, and it simply grew from that.

"But my fundamental intention was to fill my time extra productively than simply watching TV."

That "pure expertise" made Godwin, who wound up with a finance diploma, a fast examine. He began studying to play guitar and writing throughout early 2012 and performed his first full track that March. And, as he notes, "it simply type of snowballed from there." He began to play some gigs, and the songs saved coming -- influenced, Godwin says, by artists reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Chris Knight and Ryan Bingham. "It was like a blue-collar model of English literature to me," Godwin says. "I realized so much about how they craft their phrases collectively. When I'm writing a track and I star veering off the trail...I'm in a position to lean on these influences and say, 'Alright Charles, take a step again right here...' I believe the songwriters that I actually get pleasure from and I look as much as assist me get out of the way in which, generally, once I'm modifying my work."

What's notably prevalent in Godwin's songs is a way of place, a style of his dwelling state (West Virginia)  the vivid language and scenic atmosphere of songs reminiscent of "Coal Country," "(Windmill) Keep on Turning" and "Seneca Creek." Godwin, who comes up with a lot of his concepts within the bathe, calls Seneca an "autobiography of an Appalachian boy” however says that the cinematic particulars of his lyrics come to him unconsciously.

"Even although I didn't get began till later, I believe these songs have been type of in me a method or one other," explains Godwin, who at present resides in Athens, Ohio, the place his spouse works at Ohio University. "Since I’m such a younger, new songwriter, it was solely nature these can be the primary (songs) to return out of me. I'm positive with future (songs) I'll transfer on to different topics, however these are about my household and simply little tales and issues like that." "(Windmill) Keep on Turning," in the meantime, was impressed by a cupboard manufacturing facility close to his household's dwelling in Moorfield, W.Va., the place his cousin Ricky works. "They're really doing very well there," Godwin says, “however I used to be simply enthusiastic about what would occur if that have been to shut? What would occur to the realm and so lots of the folks there, like three,000 jobs?

"And then I used to be enthusiastic about how they're constructing quite a lot of windmills now, up on the Allegheny Ridge Line. Those issues are spinning onerous all day, like a skyline, after which pondering that in the future these is likely to be trying like an outdated coal plant or one thing, one thing that's a part of the previous sooner or later...It's not likely a cheerful (track) however I believe it's a superb introduction to the album. It offers folks an actual image."

With Seneca out Feb. 15, Godwin's subsequent purpose is to start out spreading the phrase and taking part in extra, although he acknowledges that he's discovering his method into the touring world as casually as he entered music within the first place. "I'm not going to fake like I've any grand concepts or something," says Godwin, who books his personal exhibits and is "horrible at it, in my view. I'm simply utilizing social media to inform folks (his music) exists and hopefully issues will continue to grow and getting higher. I'm simply making an attempt to fill my schedule up, and hopefully the album helps me try this."