“Great quality, great sound,
Raging Arb & The Redheads
"Beyond loving the sound here, the melody is good and the
musicianship / production is exceptional. Very creative with a
definite adventurous vision involved"
A 2012 International Songwriter and 2009 MAVRIC
Music Awards nominee, Charles Law performs his own brand of
"California outlaw" music and writes for others.
Charismatic stage presence, clever alternative/country songcrafting and a crazy
hand-slapping guitar technique make Charles Law and Jagged
Charles' songs have spun nationwide on NPR & CMJ radio stations
and went to #1 in Brooklyn, NY, #3 in Whittier, CA and #6 in New
Performances at San Francisco's Union Square, SXSW, Citrus
Festival, Balloon Festival, Burning Man and Ventura Theatre
opening for Neville Brothers are highlights for this
hard-working songwriter whose consistent performances have
garnered enthusiasm of fans, local DJs and press.
The buzz started with Charles' unique guitar spanking technique,
reminiscent of Michael Hedges. Charles Law and his band Jagged
became favorites of local radio station show 95.9 Octopus Rock
Revolution, and soon were teaming up with 95.1 KBBY's club
promotion of 'The Drink'. Noted veteran musicians began flocking
to Charles' performances to sit in and jam a tune or two. Steve
DiStanislao (David Crosby, CPR, David Gilmour), Christine Ellis
(Martha Davis/Motels), Jimi Christie (Lucinda Williams), Julie
Christensen (k.d.lang), keyboardist Tilford Jackson & producer
David Bianco have recorded or played shows with Charles Law.
"Corrupted Sophistication", Charles' 2nd release (2003) went to
national radio, spinning on college/CMJ, NPR, internet &
community radio stations and went to #1 in Brooklyn, NY, #3 in
Whittier, CA and #6 in New Hampshire. Charles Law and Jagged's
song "Darlin'" was also included on CMJ's "Certain Damage"
nationwide in-store compilation CD alongside Elvis Costello,
Cassandra Brown and Massive Attack.
"Choices", Charles' latest release (2013) includes guest artists
Kevin McCormick (Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, David
Crosby) on bass and Stevie DiStanislao (David Crosby, David
Gilmour) on drums, and a duet with Delaney Gibson.
At 13 years old,
Charles would sneak into his neighbor's house to play guitar. Charles
received his own guitar after agreeing to play Johnny Cash songs for his
family. By 15 years of age, Charles was playing latin-style
jams with the Latino 13th Street boys in Santa Paula, California. Charles
is an accomplished singer/songwriter and an exciting acoustic guitar
performer. In addition to the reputation for his intense vocals, guitar
slapping technique and screaming electric guitar leads in his former rock
band "Zero Discipline," Charles also plays a variety of stringed and
"Corrupted Sophistication", Charles' 2nd release went to
national radio, spinning nationwide on college, NPR, internet & community
radio stations and went to #1 in Brooklyn, NY, #3 in Whittier, CA and #6 in
MTV "Made" Season
3, Modern Dance Barking Legs Theatre
- background music
PREMIERED AT HOLLYWOOD INTL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
"Corin" was premiered at the Hollywood International Student Film Festival. A panel about the video was featured and director Russell Kostner answered questions. Russell says "'Corin was well received and
really stood out, it got a great audience response".
rockin' new CD"
Ventura County Star
"Artist of the
Week - April 28, 2013"
- VCBuzz Magazine
"Highly Recommend" -
rock to melodic funk, a percussion genius and natural 'funkstress'
bass that dabbles in soothing bass lines - 'soul-rock"
Boris Federov, KSCU 103.3FM, Santa Clara
Law is best known for his intense vocals and tendency to
unmercifully assault his acoustic guitar ... sounds better than
the usual bar fare."
Matthew Singer, The Reporter
"Monster sexy" April
Theriault, Green Man
CMJ Certain Damage
Radio / In-Store Play compilation with Charles Law and Jagged,
Massive Attack, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Brown, CrankCaller,
liked the CD - has a "Days of the New" feel with mainstream lyrics. Bass is
fluid and punchy. No picks, cool. Charles has much emotion in both
lyrics and voice - drummer plays tastefully - bright, staccato, never
overplaying. The overall production quality is great - a nice blend. This
band has potential" - AJ Von Wolfe, Grey
"Imagine the acoustic funk of Dave
Matthews combined with the raw vocal energy of The Man In Black
himself, Johnny Cash. Now throw in some kickass bass riffs
(female bass players rule!), slammin' drum licks,
and a "monster sexy" (April Theriault, Green Man) guitarist who
switches between Jimi Hendrix-style electric guitar and a
merciless assault of slapping the freakin' sh*t out of his poor
ol' battered Martin acoustic -- tuned way down below buffalo
hell -- and you'll start to get the idea. Just listen to the
album and see what I mean!"Ken Eros
Corrupted - a reputation for acoustic guitar slapping, Charles
has developed a reputation for the manner in which he slaps his
The VC Star