Cigar box guitar owner-operator

Too Sick Charlie and his 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 suitcase drum and tambourine snare. And throw in some harp for good measure, It’s the small band with the big sound.

 

2021 Paramount Blues Challenge Winner (solo/duo)

 

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

— Lynnea and Ted Lauffer, Owners, 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, Owner, Brix 340

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Press BIO: Too Sick Charlie and his 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 suitcase drum and tambourine snare. And throw in some harp for good measure, It’s the small band with the big sound.

LONG BIO: 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.

 

Too Sick Charlie is currently booking shows & festivals for 2022 and beyond. 

Notable past shows: Waukesha Blues Festival, Mineral Point Blues and Roots Festival, Oostburg Boogie Festival, Fitchrona Blues Festival, Chicago Cigar Box Festival, and the Samantha Fish/New Orleans Cigar Box Festival.

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