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Open-mic diva Charlotte Rogers' sound advice


  • Andrew Ingram
Charlotte Rogers is a guitarist and singer-songwriter originally hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee. Since moving to Colorado Springs in April 2015, she’s “never looked back” and began performing locally, recording an EP, Lukewarm, with Camera Shy Audio in July 2017. Currently, she hosts a weekly open mic at Bar-K and fronts the lo-fi/shoegaze band Stalemate with bassist Colin Webb and drummer William Riden. The trio looks to release their first recorded material this spring.

Essential Saturday night listening: As of late, my Saturday nights have been more melancholy than I’d like to admit. I find myself melting into the couch listening to Galaxie 500’s album On Fire. Their songs “Blue Thunder” and “Strange” are my favorite. Current Joys’ album A Different Age is so beautifully written and has definitely gotten me through a lot. Nick Rattigan of Current Joys is a wonderful instrumentalist. I’ve often felt I’ve resonated more with a pretty instrumental than I ever did with lyrics. The song “My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days” is my heart. He’s in another band called Surf Curse and they are really great as well!

Essential Sunday morning listening: My Sunday mornings are reserved for music that brings nostalgia and keeps me humble. Sundays are the start of my week, so I try and start the week off feeling warm and grounded while I sip my morning tea and get ready for work. The Velvet Underground & Nico will always have a place in my soul, and “I’ll Be Your Mirror” has been one of my favorite songs since high school. Next up, Elliott Smith’s album XO. Elliott Smith’s song “Pitseleh” keeps me close to those who are no longer a part of my life and brings comfort when I feel angst. And last but not least, the Pixies album Doolittle is and always will be one of my favorite albums of all time. Pixies bring back tidal waves of memories of my sister, who passed away in 2012.

First record I bought with my own money: The very first album I ever bought with my own money was Stevie Nicks’ album Bella Donna. This album was the first album I ever got into when I was a little girl. My mom had it on vinyl, so I would listen to it almost constantly. I saw it at Goodwill and had to have my very own copy, I loved it so much.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Static Buzz” by Snail Mail. I heard their first EP, Habit, in 2016 and fell head over heels. The frontwoman was 17 when she released that EP and got signed to Matador records. It’s a little weird to look up to someone who’s younger than you, but she is so talented.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men and, I really hate to be that girl, but anything by DMX. I just can’t with him, haha!

Artist more people should know about: A Beacon School. My good friend C.J. got me into them, and I am forever grateful! Their album Cola is amazing. There isn’t a song on that album I don’t like.

Guilty pleasure: Blink-182... but if I’m being really honest, it’s not so much of a guilty pleasure. They rule!

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