Bio

Too Sick Charlie (Eric Heiligenstein, M.D.) plays the cigar box guitar, a once forgotten instrument of American blues and roots music. His music has been described as traditional Upper Midwestern cigar box guitar blues.

Too Sick was born in a Nassau blue Chevy Bel Air that was being used as a beagle pen on the outskirts of Belleville, Illinois. He performed on the Mississippi River Medicine Show Circuit for several years before transitioning into a practice of medicine. After developing various snake oil cures for ailments that proved unfounded (but very, very profitable) he made his way to Madison, Wisconsin where he lives a quiet, ascetic life of medical study, song writing and robustly varied acquiescence to almost constant temptation.

Daddy Mojo Instruments; Custom 3 string Bustillo Cigar Box Guitar

Daddy Mojo Instruments; Custom 3 string Bustillo Cigar Box Guitar

Too Sick Charlie uses Rocky Mountain Slide Company slides.

Too Sick Charlie uses Rocky Mountain Slide Company slides.

Short Press Bio

Too Sick Charlie’s distinctive blend of regional blues music is like a slow-cooked gumbo on a late summer evening; deep, flavorful, satisfying. Too Sick’s live performances combine gut-bucket slide on cigar box guitars and compelling stories that make his shows captivating. A performance from Too Sick Charlie is truly “good for what ails ya!"