We like to blues
The New York Times - What We're Reading on Nov 13, 2015. Source
Live video captured by a fan at the 2014 Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, MS (April 12, 2014 at Lambfish Art Gallery).
Help support Charlie Patton's War and their second studio album with a Kickstarter pledge: http://kck.st/1iamQ29
WIUX and University Players present Charlie Patton's War performing "Vincennes" at The Studio Theatre at Indiana University. This video is the second of several installments of "Live from The Black Box." Live from The Black Box is an entirely student produced event that occurs several times a semester.
"Vincennes" was recorded on February 19th 2013, in partnership with WIUX and University Players.
Tracking by Dan Cantlin, Alex Bryant and Joe Heath.
Mixing by Dan Cantlin.
Mastering and Video Editing by Joe Heath.
Produced by Joe Heath, Katherine Taylor, Sarah TeKolste, Bari Finkel, and Fransisco Tirado.
Charlie Patton's War interview feature on WTIU|PBS The Weekly Special. (Nov. 2013)
PBS|WTIU INTune feature on "The Weekly Special" TV show. Live performance of "Highway Blues" aired on WTIU Public Television on Thursday, November 14, 2013 (8:00PM)
Formed in 2010, Charlie Patton's War is blues/rock band consisting of Aaron Frazer (vocals, drums), Blake Rhein (vocals, guitar), Kyle Houpt (guitar), and Justin Hubler (keyboards/ piano). Their music is often described as having the heavy modern blues-rock edge of artists such as The Black Keys, but also an audible nod to earlier influences of Delta blues and soul music.
Spending the first year developing their blues-rock sound, the band hit the local and regional concert scene hard in 2012. That year, the band opened for notable artists such as The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Hanni El Khatib, and Mount Carmel, as well as headlining many local shows. They performed at the legendary Deep Blues Festival in 2012, joining a lineup that included many blues newcomers and veterans such as David Kimbrough, Jr., Ben Prestage, Left Lane Cruiser, and Brian Olive among others. The time on the road helped the band fine-tune and shape the songs which would become the tracklist for their first album.
The self-titled, debut album Charlie Patton’s War was released on April 25, 2013; it was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the band members themselves. The album includes eleven tracks of varying blues styles from rock n’ roll to gospel and impressively captures the talent and musicianship of the band. Shortly after its digital release, Charlie Patton's War spent two weeks as one of the top-selling Blues albums on bandcamp.com and was later included in jazz musician and author Ted Gioia's "100 Best Albums of 2013" list.
These days the band is committed to playing every stage possible and has seen Charlie Patton's War perform at the Juke Joint Festival, WIUX Culture Shock Music Festival, Linton Music Festival, Nutella Fest, and The Shack Up Inn. They've shared the stage as supporting and headlining acts with bands including Shivering Timbers, Ha Ha Tonka, Dan Deacon, A Lion Named Roar, Lightnin' Malcolm, Tank and the Bangas, The Bears of Blue River, The Broderick, and Fluffer.
Discography: Basement Demos (2011), Live at Russian Recording (2012), Charlie Patton's War (2013), WIUX Presents Live from the Black Box (2013), College Radio Day: The Album (Vol. 2) (2013), Rock n' Roll House Party (2015).
- Aaron Frazer
- Vocals, Drums
- Blake Rhein
- Vocals, Guitar
- Justin Hubler
- Kyle Houpt
|Nov 13, 2015||The New York Times - What We're Reading
"Winter will be bearing down soon. And for many, that means skiing. I’ve learned the hard way that I can barely manage a bunny slope. So it’s amazing to watch this pro skier, Angel Collinson, just killing it on the steeps of Alaska, to the tune of “The Deal” by the band Charlie Patton’s War". — Lynda Richardson Source
|Jul 24, 2015||Sophomore Album "Rock n' Roll House Party" Released
Second full length album released digitally and on vinyl thanks to support from fans via Kickstarter.
|Jun 14, 2014||Opened for Presidents of the United States of America
Performed opening set for Presidents of the United States of America at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN.
|Jun 09, 2014||Red Bull Sound Select: Charlie Patton's War at Old National Centre
Video footage from Red Bull Sound Select: The Road to Forecastle, Night One. Charlie Patton's War opened for J. Roddy Walston and the Business at Deluxe @ Old National Centre (Indianapolis, IN). Show curated by Forecastle Festival. June 9, 2014
|May 05, 2014||"The marriage of surf and punk and then blues....I thought I'd never see the day. This is the best thing I've heard all week."
Blog team Syffal reviews Charlie Patton's War track "Call Me Baby" Source
|May 01, 2014||Financially for many, it is a losing proposition, but dues are paid, and the prestige of having played a gig in Clarksdale means something to a lot of folks. But, it requires some sacrifice, and CPW has “made its bones” in the Mississippi Delta.
A review of Charlie Patton's War's second visit to Clarksdale, MS for the Juke Joint Festival April 12-13, 2014 by Billy Howell of Delta Bohemian. Includes Video. Source
|Apr 30, 2014||The Frontline: Charlie Patton's War Live on Issaquena Avenue at #JukeJointFest2014
"...I was intrigued by the unusual name and I liked what I heard as I walked past them playing in front of a club on Issaquena Avenue." Source
|Apr 24, 2014||Sophomore Album Kickstarter FUNDED!
In just under 21 hours our Kickstarter goal was funded! Funds raised will be used to record, mix, and master our sophomore album and press the album to vinyl, as requested by many of our fans.
|Apr 23, 2014||Sophomore Album Kickstarter Launched!
|Apr 12, 2014||Juke Joint Festival 2014
Performed at the Juke Joint Festival April 12-13 in Clarksdale, MS. Three performances including two opening spots for Lightnin' Malcolm.
|Mar 05, 2014||"Both vocalists can sing their asses off, and the band’s old-school sound is as tight as the seal on an unopened beer can." - by Delta Bohemian
Review from Charlie Patton's War's two-night, three-show stay in Clarksdale, MS at Shack Up Inn and Bluesberry Café by Clarksdale blog Delta Bohemian. Include video/audio footage from the performances. "...Both vocalists can sing their asses off, and the band’s old-school sound is as tight as the seal on an unopened beer can. All the lyrics have a depth not often seen among young songwriters. Hubler’s keyboard subtly bolsters each song without overpowering the drum/guitar sound so familiar to hill country blues enthusiasts. As is the case with many blues bands, all the members can play an array of instruments and will switch from song to song. Though Charlie Patton’s War’s overall sound is refreshingly reminiscent of the Black Keys and Jack White, it’s sound is all its own." Source
|Mar 03, 2014||Upland Campfire Session IPA Ad
Charlie Patton's War track "Vincennes" featured in a video advertisement for Upland Brewing Company's Campfire Session IPA beer. Source
|Feb 13, 2014||WIUX Blog: Charlie Patton's War Comes Home This Thursday (Interview)
By: TJ Jaeger "Each member a master of their instrument, audiences are consistently mesmerized by the perfect combination of skill and catch that Charlie Patton’s War has developed since their formation in 2010. Over the past few years, the quartet has turned into a local powerhouse writing unimaginably catchy tunes that likewise impress even the oldest blues aficionados." Follows with an interview with Drummer/Vocalist Aaron Frazer about the band's last tour and upcoming plans. Source
|Feb 02, 2014||Completed Southern US Tour
Played for great audiences and visited blues & music landmarks. 1/22 Louisville, KY - The New Vintage Showcase 1/23 Nashville, TN - 12th & Porter with The Pedal Stills & Zac Ummer Band 1/24 Memphis, TN - The Poplar Lounge with NuAugustine 1/25 Oxford, MS - Rooster's Blues House 1/26 Clarksdale, MS - The Shack Up Inn 1/27 Clarksdale, MS - Bluesberry Café 1/27 Clarksdale, MS - The Shack Up Inn 1/29 Auburn, AL - House Show 1/30 Birmingham, AL - The Nick Rocks 1/31 Atlanta, GA - House Show 2/1 Asheville, NC - Jack of the Wood Source
|Jan 27, 2014||Charlie Patton's War performs 2-Nights at The Shack Up Inn
Following a successful early-afternoon performance during the Juke Joint Film Festival at The Shack Up Inn (Clarksdale, MS), the band was asked to play a second night at the Juke Joint Chapel. A great opportunity for the band to perform in a delta blues region and be acknowledged and accepted by the crowds. Source
|Jan 16, 2014||3bands.com mentions CPW
"It took balls to commandeer the moniker of one of the founding fathers of the blues, but these guys have the chops to do it right. You might hear some Black Keys influence in their bluesy and vivacious music, which is virtually impossible to listen to without dancing." Source
|Jan 15, 2014||Winter Tourdates Announced
|Dec 22, 2013||TOP 40 Finalist for Grammy Gig of a Lifetime competition
Charlie Patton's War selected as a Top 40 Finalists for the 2014 Grammy Gig of a Lifetime competition, and a chance to perform a Grammy show. "The finalists were determined by a panel that included top musical talent from different genres - chart-topping rockers Fall Out Boy, MTV VMA "Artist to Watch" winner Austin Mahone and BRIT "Critics Choice" award winner Emeli Sandé."
|Dec 08, 2013||"100 Best Albums of 2013" by Ted Gioia
Jazz musician and author Ted Gioia included Charlie Patton's War on his list of 100 best albums of the year.
|Dec 07, 2013||WIUX Blog - "Communion Presents: Roscoe Bandana, The Stills, Pretty Boy Freud, & Charlie Patton's War
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Communion tour is set to visit Bloomington again, serving its audience a diverse mix of local acts as well as the Communion national act Rosco Bandana. Communion made its first mark on the Bloomington music scene last month, playing a show at the Bluebird that energized the audience on a cold, November night. This month, the Communion tour, founded by Mumford and Son’s Ben Lovett, hopes to recreate the energy and excitement for the second show in its monthly series.
|Dec 06, 2013||District of Folk: Charlie Patton's War @ Solly's
While blues isn't my normal forte, I was almost immediately jamming to their music while cranking out my projects at work... In addition to their own songs, they played an exceptional cover of Alabama Shakes' Hold On. I was floored. With Boys & Girls, Alabama Shakes essentially set a precedent for what modern day blues-style music should live up to. As much as I love the original version of Hold On, Charlie Patton's War did a fantastic job delivering a piece that exceeded that precedent. The same thought can apply to their cover of J.D. McPherson's North Side Gal, another personal highlight of mine that evening. The ability for modern artists to find inspiration in and honor retro music is a trend I don't want to end any time soon. Charlie Patton's War joins the likes of Alabama Shakes, J.D. McPherson, Pickwick, Fitz & the Tantrums, Elin Ruth, Radiation City and others in proving that there's room to improve even in classic rock and pop. Source
|Nov 14, 2013||Appeared on WTIU|PBS "The Weekly Special"
Featured band on local PBS station WTIU Public Television's "The Weekly Special" show as part of its weekly INtune series. Interview and two featured live performances were aired. Source
|Nov 12, 2013||Charlie Patton's War featured on College Radio Day compilation with Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and more
For only the second time, student college radio DJs from across America are ready to release their College Radio Day Album (Vol. 2) on November 12 everywhere digitally plus a limited edition double CD of only 1,500 copies. The album, like its predecessor from 2012, will raise funds for college radio stations. All the tracks on the double album are picked by students from college radio stations from around the nation. On the first disc are known artists that publicly stand with college radio. On this year's album are Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Passenger (only on the physical disc), RNDM, Jukebox the Ghost, Lucius, Matt Pond, The Front Bottoms, Charlie Peacock and many more artists. The second disc of the album houses artists that are typically unsigned but are captured playing college radio sessions in college radio stations around the country. Artists such as Apache 5, Crisscross Albatross, Charlie Patton’s War, The Soft Pack and more have all been selected for the album for the brilliance and vibrancy of their live college radio performances. All the proceeds from the album go to the College Radio Fund. This fund is to help radio stations that don't have much funding to keep going with things they need like equipment, paying licensing costs, etc. They will essentially be able to write a request for funds from the CRF to help them out. Link: http://www.wearecollegeradio.com Source
|Nov 07, 2013||"Barry Sanders" featured on Ambition Snowskates Promo Video
Ambition Snowskates combines snowboarding and skateboarding into an extreme wintersports experience. This season's promo video for Austin Welter features Charlie Patton's War track "Barry Sanders" Source
|Oct 10, 2013||WIUX student radio releases WIUX Presents: Live From The Black Box with Charlie Patton's War
Tracked live in the Studio Theater at Indiana University on February 19th, 2013, in partnership with WIUX and University Players. FREE DOWNLOAD Source
|Sep 01, 2013||"And the Beat Goes On: LMF Night 2 Recap" - Nolan Spinney (NewsBarb - Greene County Edition)
"As 6 p.m rolled along, so did the crowd, who came in droves after temperatures began to approach comfortable levels. Blues rock band Charlie Patton’s War seized the moment on Saturday. The Bloomington four-piece returned to Linton after making their LMF debut last year on the Greene County General Hospital stage. Capitalizing on the buzz generated from that performance, and promoting a new album, CPW proved to everyone that they are more than deserving of the main stage time slot they received this year. Lion Named Roar smartly capitalized on the fast growing crowd in front of the Linton Family Pharmacy Main Stage, delivering great song after great song with surgeon-like precision." A recap of Charlie Patton's War's mainstage performance at the 2013 Linton Music Festival (Linton, IN) Source
|May 03, 2013||"Yes, one of the best blues CD I've heard this year is a self-produced album by college students in Bloomington."- from Ted Gioia, musician & author
"Yes, one of the best blues CD I've heard this year is a self-produced album by college students in Bloomington." @tedgioia
|Apr 30, 2013||Soul Square [France]
Google Translate from French: "This album does not cheat codes and the album is clean. The music of groovy bluesy singer gives this album a lot of energy and character..." Source
|Apr 29, 2013||#1 Blues Album on bandcamp
Just days after its release, "Charlie Patton's War" was featured on bandcamp's listing of blues albums as #1. Held position for about one week.
|Apr 27, 2013||Christina Sarhanyants, Hookme.fm [Russia]
GoogleTranslate from Russian: "And here is the younger generation - a quartet Charlie Patton's War of Indiana. Electrified sound of Bloomington in Monroe County, in the best tradition of Easy Rider is sure to impress fans ... but at least the same The Black Keys. Debut album nominal tamers blues squares already Hook." Source
|Apr 26, 2013||Alex Rogers - No More Heroes blog
"The contrast in tempo and style between the tracks highlights each member’s individual talents without the need to show off as can be the danger in a room filled with such good musicians... No wonder then that the album is entirely self-produced, mixed and mastered, and to an extremely high degree. I’d go as far to say that the commitment to perfecting this aspect has been just as important [as] writing the songs." Source
|Apr 25, 2013||Released Debut Album: Charlie Patton's War
"Charlie Patton's War" our debut, full-length album was released digitally on bandcamp. The album was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely by the band. We celebrated with a packed album release show at The Bishop in downtown Bloomington, with our good friends The Broderick opening the show. Made some t-shirts to give away, ran out of download codes, and our manager made a delicious cherry cheesecake. Source
|Apr 25, 2013||DISTORTIONS Album Review [in Italian] by Pasquale Wally Boffoli|
|Apr 08, 2013||The Daniel Ortiz Show Podcast
Recorded an interview with Daniel Ortiz after performing at The Ottawa Tavern (Toledo, OH) with Fluffer and Shivering Timbers on April 4, 2013. Published April 8, 2013. Source
|Apr 05, 2013||"Vincennes" Music Video Premiere
WIUX releases the music video for "Vincennes" recorded at the WIUX Presents: Live From The Black Box session (Feb. 19, 2013)
Tracking by Dan Cantlin, Alex Bryant and Joe Heath. Mixing by Dan Cantlin. Mastering and Video Editing by Joe Heath. Produced by Joe Heath, Katherine Taylor, Sarah TeKolste, Bari Finkel, and Fransisco Tirado. Source
|Feb 20, 2013||American Student Radio | Local Nation #1: Bloomington, IN
American Student Radio podcast feature on Bloomington, Indiana's music scene. Features interview with CPW guitarists Kyle Houpt and Blake Rhein discussing house shows and local bands Source
|Feb 19, 2013||Sarah Zinn - Indiana Daily Student
"The audience surrounded the stage floor, crowding the small, black room where performances were held. Bands The Broderick and Charlie Patton’s War played two sets each, while WIUX staff worked the soundboard and recording equipment."
Recap of WIUX & University Players Present: Live from the Black Box with Charlie Patton's War and The Broderick. Recorded concert was released as a digital album on Oct. 10, 2013. Track "Say Ya Mine" selected for inclusion in College Radio Day: The Album, Volume 2. Source
|Feb 19, 2013||Photoblog: WIUX Live From The Black Box by Shayna Goldsmith|
|Feb 06, 2013||Q&A: Aaron Frazer of Charlie Patton's War
By Rachel Trees - Indiana Daily Student
|Jun 30, 2012||Performed at the Deep Blues Festival
Charlie Patton's War was invited to play at the 2012 Deep Blues Festival, and went on our first tour to make the trip. Source
|Apr 28, 2012||Opened for The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at The Bluebird
Charlie Patton's War performed an opening set for The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana.
|Mar 03, 2012||"They look like a bunch of nice ex-AV nerds but they rock it down and out like it's goin' out of style."- Rick Saunders, Deep Blues blog|
|Feb 27, 2012||Brett McGrath, Thought on Tracks
"Few books, a lot of beer and mostly basketball make up the DNA of Indiana University. While the core grows stronger as we enter March Madness, Bloomington can also be known for a musical project inebriated with the blues...The band released Live at Russian Recording earlier this year, which highlights their dedication to the doldrums. Hoosier hopes are high not only for hoops, but for Charlie Patton’s War as we enter March." Source
|Jan 13, 2012||Digital Release of "Live at Russian Recording"
Release of our live album. All songs were performed and recorded before a live audience at Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN on November 19th, 2011. Source
|May 17, 2011||Photoblog: Charlie Patton's War at Battle of the Bands- April 6, 2011|
|Feb 07, 2011||Sophie - Bloomington Area Music
"They were followed by Charlie Patton’s War, another local band whose style is bluesy in all the right ways." Source
- Kyle Houpt
|Date||Event Title||Location||Type||More Info|
|Apr 19, 2012||Hanni El Khatib, The Sundelles, Charlie Patton's War at The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Apr 28, 2012||The Bluebird with The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Jun 30, 2012||DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL||Bayport, MN||Performance||Details|
|Aug 31, 2012||Linton Music Festival||Linton, IN||Performance||Details|
|Nov 15, 2012||Mount Carmel, Charlie Patton's War at The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Jan 11, 2013||Melody Inn||Indianapolis, IN||Performance||Details|
|Feb 19, 2013||WIUX Presents: Live From The Black||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Apr 04, 2013||Ottawa Tavern||Toledo, OH||Performance||Details|
|Apr 13, 2013||WIUX Culture Shock Music Festival||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Apr 25, 2013||CPW Album Release Show at The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Aug 31, 2013||Linton Music Festival||Linton, IN||Performance||Details|
|Sep 02, 2013||The Brass Rail||Fort Wayne, IN||Performance||Details|
|Sep 04, 2013||Rumba Cafe||Columbus, OH||Performance||Details|
|Sep 05, 2013||The Drinkery||Cincinnati, OH||Performance||Details|
|Sep 06, 2013||Magnolia Bar||Louisville, KY||Performance||Details|
|Sep 07, 2013||Cheapside Bar & Grill||Lexington, KY||Performance||Details|
|Oct 05, 2013||Nutella Fest||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Oct 17, 2013||The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Oct 19, 2013||Kafe Kerouac||Columbus, OH||Performance||Details|
|Oct 22, 2013||Solly's Tavern||Washington, DC||Performance||Details|
|Oct 24, 2013||The Admirals Cup - Fell Point||Baltimore, MD||Performance||Details|
|Oct 25, 2013||The Pinch||Washington, DC||Performance||Details|
|Oct 26, 2013||JR's Bar||Philadelphia, PA||Performance||Details|
|Oct 27, 2013||Rat Milk||Philadelphia, PA||Performance||Details|
|Oct 30, 2013||Thursday's Lounge||Akron, OH||Performance||Details|
|Nov 12, 2013||Release Date: College Radio Day: The Album, Volume 2||,||Other||Details|
|Nov 14, 2013||Charlie Patton's War featured on PBS|WTIU "The Weekly Special - INTune" TV show||,||Appearance||Details|
|Dec 10, 2013||Ben Lovett's Communion Bloomington @ The Bluebird||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Dec 12, 2013||The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Jan 19, 2014||Root Cellar||Indianapolis, IN||Performance||Details|
|Jan 22, 2014||The New Vintage||Louisville, KY||Performance||Details|
|Jan 23, 2014||12th and Porter||Nashville, TN||Performance||Details|
|Jan 24, 2014||Poplar Lounge||Memphis, TN||Performance||Details|
|Jan 25, 2014||Rooster's Blue House||Oxford, MS||Performance||Details|
|Jan 26, 2014||The Shackup Inn||Clarksdale, MS||Performance||Details|
|Jan 27, 2014||Bluesberry Cafe||Clarksdale, MS||Performance||Details|
|Jan 30, 2014||The Nick||Birmingham, AL||Performance||Details|
|Jan 31, 2014||House Show||Atlanta, GA||Performance||Details|
|Feb 01, 2014||Jack Of The Wood||Ashville, NC||Performance||Details|
|Feb 13, 2014||The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Feb 22, 2014||Harpooner Vinyl Release & Tour Kickoff @ The Video Saloon||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Mar 25, 2014||Charlie Patton's War, Kentucky Knife Fight, Heather French Henry @ The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Apr 04, 2014||Ha Ha Tonka & Charlie Patton's War @ Radio Radio||Indianapolis, IN||Performance||Details|
|Apr 11, 2014||Lamplighter Lounge||Memphis, TN||Performance||Details|
|Apr 12, 2014||Juke Joint Festival @ Lambfish Gallery||Clarksdale, MS||Performance||Details|
|Apr 12, 2014||Juke Joint Festival @ The Shack Up Inn||Clarksdale, MS||Performance||Details|
|Apr 13, 2014||Juke Joint Festival @ The Shack Up Inn||Clarksdale, MS||Performance||Details|
|Apr 14, 2014||The Den @ The Howlin' Wolf||New Orleans, LA||Performance||Details|
|Apr 15, 2014||Nick's Ice House||Hattiesburg, MS||Performance||Details|
|Apr 22, 2014||The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|May 04, 2014||Crushed Out and Charlie Patton's War @ Melody Inn||Indianapolis, IN||Performance||Details|
|May 08, 2014||The Bishop (as Durand Jones & The Indications)||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|May 28, 2014||The Bishop w/ BLANK RANGE, CRUSHED OUT||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
|Jun 09, 2014||The Deluxe at Old National Centre w/ J. Roddy Walston & the Business||Indianapolis, IN||Performance||Details|
|Jun 14, 2014||Deluxe at Old National Centre w/ The Presidents of the United States of America||Indianapolis, IN||Performance||Details|
|Apr 16, 2016||The Bishop||Bloomington, IN||Performance||Details|
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