Charlie Faye is a 28-year-old country-rock-Americana singer-songwriter from Austin who is spending a month in Tucson to soak up the ambiance, write songs and play several gigs. She'll do the same in nine more cities. She'll play Saturday, Jan. 30, at Club Congress with Tony Gilkyson.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Carole King at Radio City Music Hall.
What are you listening to these days?
Old records, and all my friends' new records! So I've got Otis Redding, Dave Edmunds and Harry Nilsson mixed in with Ruby James, Will Sexton and Randy Weeks. And that Ron Sexsmith record, Whereabouts, produced by Mitchell Froom—the best-sounding record of all time.
What was the first album you owned?
Carole King's Tapestry. It was a tape, and I played it over and over again.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Pretty much any new musical trend—I am so out of touch with what's going on in modern music, it's sad.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would love to have seen The Band.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
I have to admit to being a fan of Rod Stewart's records.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I would love to have a few of my closest friends sing some songs—sad songs, love songs, funny songs, whatever. And if someone wants to write me a death song, bonus points for you.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Actually, it was this bluegrass band that played in a little dive bar called Fiume when I lived in Philadelphia. Can't even remember the name of the band, but they made playing music look so fun and so easy that I thought I'd give it a shot.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
If I was headed to my desert-island exile, I'd take The History of Otis Redding.