Too Sick Charlie and his Legendary One Man Band may call Wisconsin home but his music is deeply rooted in the blues of the north Mississippi Hill country. With his 3 string cigar box guitar he picks out hip-grinding licks and lays down some solid beats with his drum kit. And throw in some harp for good measure.

“It’s the small band with the big sound.”





2021 Paramount Blues Challenge winner




Too Sick is Too Sick: Gut bucket guitar, blues, and smooth, high-livin' honey in a whiskey jar for pipes.

Lynnea and Ted Lauffer, Gray Dog Deli


You've got a blues act that sends me straight down South. Inspired swamp slide sounds.

Ryan McGrath, The Ryan McGrath Band


OMG is this guy is good!  Epic night of Blues Music...

Tony Koenk, Brix 340


Date Event Location
Too Sick Charlie Brix Cider, Mt Horeb, WI Brix Cider, Mt Horeb, WI
Too Sick Charlie Hop Garden, Paoli, WI Hop Garden, Paoli, WI
Too Sick Charlie Main Street Music Car Show, Brooklyn, WI Main Street Music Car Show, Brooklyn, WI
Too Sick Charlie/Make Music Madison Mary’ Patio Stage, Madison, WI Mary’ Patio Stage, Madison, WI
Too Sick Charlie/Make Music Madison Westmorland Park Shelter, Madison, WI Westmorland Park Shelter, Madison, WI
Too Sick Charlie Private event Private event
Too Sick Charlie Hop Garden, Paoli, WI Hop Garden, Paoli, WI
Too Sick Charlie Dog and Shrub Distillery, Lake Mills, WI Dog and Shrub Distillery, Lake Mills, WI
Too Sick Charlie The Tasting Room, Monona, WI The Tasting Room, Monona, WI
End of Summer Blues Fest East Side Club, Madison East Side Club, Madison
Too Sick Charlie Karben4 Brewery, Madison, WI Karben4 Brewery, Madison, WI
Too Sick Charlie Hop Garden, Paoli, WI Hop Garden, Paoli, WI

From the Infirmary

Winner winner chicken dinner 

We were at the Paramount Blues Challenge yesterday in Waubeka, WI. There were some amazing musicians on hand for some scorching blues. At the end, Too Sick Charlie was selected by the judges as the solo/duo act winner. We’ll be headed to Memphis in January 2022 for the International Blues Challenge representing Wisconsin. This has been a year long quest as last year’s event was cancelled. I can’t express enough thanks and gratitude for those around me that made this journey possible......(you know who you are; the Too Sick Charlies VIPs)

2020 Deja’ Hoodoo Tour under way 

It has been a while since I’ve posted. Last year was spectacular and we started off 2020 in New Orleans at the Samantha Fish Cigar Box Festival. What an amazing event and so grateful to be a part of it.

February was spent in the woodshed getting ready for the rest of 2020. New songs, new instrument, and trying to make things even better.

We have a lot of dates already posted for this year. Hope to see you at some shows!

Tour Update-Summer 2019 

Well the 2019 Bigger Fish to Fry Tour is in mid-stride. A big week with shows at the Capital Brewery on July 25th at 6PM and the first Fitchrona Booze and Blues Festival on the 27th at 6:30PM. Details and more under SHOWS. 

It has been a great ride so far and many more shows coming before we head south for the incredible New Orleans Cigar Box Festival.

Thanks for everyones support. Keep you mojo working.....

Wasn't supposed to be that way.... 

Thanks to everyone who braved the conditions and came out to the Fisher King Winery on Saturday. It was awful outside but we had a blast inside! Hot blues to melt the snow.

Next up: Sheboygan!!! Details and information under SHOWS. Look forward to seeing you at an upcoming show. Thanks for your support!

Blues, Stomps, and Hollers 

What a great time we had in Mineral Point at the awesome Gray Dog Deli! Too Sick left them with a lot of blues. That was one singing and dancing crowd!! We'll be back September 7th for another show. 

Another fun one! 

Thanks to all that came out to the Hop Garden in Paoli on a beautiful Friday night! What a wonderful setting. Too Sick gave them a lot of blues they could use. We'll be working on a return later this year or in 2019. Next up, we travel own the road to Mineral Point. Really excited about this one. Hope to see you at the Gray Dog Deli at 7:30 PM. The week after Too Sick is part of the outdoor summer concert series at Badger Prairie Park. 

"Particularly with the blues, it's not just about bad times. It's about the healing spirit."

Taj Mahal


Buckle up Sparky! Too Sick has been invited to the Chicago Cigar Box Festival in November. It's shaping up to be a super event with prominent cigar box musicians from all over the US. Hey, that includes me.... Get a preview and check shows for updates and local shows if you can't make the trip.

Why I love Sheboygan 

They say in Colorado it's the winter that brings you and the summers that keep you. Well to paraphrase, the Big Lake brings you to Sheboygan but those awesome blues fans will keep you! The Limelight Pub was packed last night! Can't say enough great things about Roman and his staff. What a classy place. And the crowd...well when you say you're going to play a R.L. Burnside song and people cheer, you just got to love it. We even did a live Facebook feed of a song to one person's son in the Marines stationed in Florida. What a great group of people. Can't wait to come back!!!!

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