say howdy to Charlie Mtn.
February 11, 2020
Charlie Mtn. is Americana alt-folk from singer/songwriter John-Allison "A.W." Weiss (they/them). A veteran of the road, Weiss has been DIY touring since 2008 with their indie-pop project A.W., sharing the stage with the likes of Lou Reed, Laura Stevenson, The Wonder Years, and countless others.
Charlie Mtn. isn't their first foray into folk, rather a return to writing story songs on an acoustic guitar and traveling the country in their old Jeep. Weiss is trans and nonbinary, often referring to Charlie Mtn. as 'Gender Outlaw Country', but the music is for everyone, with an emphasis on emo kids thirsty for twang and anyone on the lifelong path of self-discovery.
Today Charlie Mtn. releases its first single in "Good Luck," a song about the anxieties of self-discovery on the quest for authenticity.
"As a nonbinary transgender person, I write a lot about my experiences of growth and change as I live outside the binary," John-Allison explains. "'Good Luck' was written throughout the course of my first year transitioning. I literally would wake up in pools of sweat from the hormone therapy and lie awake at night obsessing about my future. I hadn’t chosen a new name. I was struggling with coming out to my family and friends and how I’d be perceived in the music industry. I was trying to write a record without even knowing what I wanted to sound like."
click below to watch a lyric video for "Good Luck"
"Eventually the line 'who I am is who I’ve always been' became my life’s theme as I began to embrace the parts of me I’d ignored for so long. I decided that no matter how hard it got or how much it hurt, it had to get easier. So I’ll always be grinding. I’ll always be hopeful. I’ll always be working my ass off, keeping my head up, and holding out for good luck."