Charles Wilson follows up his BMA nominated Delmark album If Heartaches Were Nickels with Troubled Child his first release on Severn. The album weaves between tunes such as the Sam Dees penned title track, Bobby Bland’s “Where My Baby Went,” the late Little Milton (Charles’ uncle) and Denise LaSalle’s “Somebody’s Tears,” the Oakland based Natural Four’s “It’s Love That Really Counts,” Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and two originals written by bassist and co-producer Steve Gomes. ‘Monster’ Mike Welch provides stellar guitar work and the Severn House Band provides Charles with a solid canvas for his edgy, yet smooth, vocals.
I want to thank my producers David Earl, for believing in me, and Steve Gomes for writing me such great songs.
I want to thank Jude Finnell for being my big sister and big mama for all Severn’s artists. Thanks go to Willie Henderson who has known me since I was a child. He is one of the greatest soul arrangers who has ever lived.
Charles Wilson: Vocals
Mike Welch: Guitar on all tracks except track 3
Dan Hovey: Acoustic Guitar (track 8); Electric Guitar (track 3)
Benjie Porecki: Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer Electic Piano
Steve Gomes: Bass
Robb Stupka: Drums
Joshua Kay: Percussion
Horns and strings arranged and conducted by Willie Henderson, Jr.
Kevin Burns: Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Kenny Rittenhouse: Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Bruce Swaim: Tenor Saxophone
Scott Young: Tenor & Alto Saxophone & Flutes
Reginald Cyntje: Trombone
Morgan Price: Baritone Saxophone
Lysiane Gravel-Lacombe: Violin
Christian Tremblay: Violin
Daphne Benichou: Viola
Todd Thiel: Cello
Ronald Friedman: French Horn
Background vocals: Karla Chisholm, Calley Bliss, Todd Googins
Produced by David Earl, Steve Gomes
Recorded and Mixed by David Earl at Severn Sound Studio, Severn, MD
Assistant Engineer John Monforte
Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Scored by Dave Finnell
Graphic Design by Al Brandtner, Brandtner Design, Chicago, IL
Photography by Jude Finnell