Since dropping out of medical school in the seventies singer songwriter and pianist Charlie Lankester has had an impressive and eventful music life from touring with the Australian band The Last Chance Café and playing keyboard for the past twenty years with the likes of Linda Gail Lewis, Osibisa, Otis Grand, The Boogie Band, and The John Warwick All Stars. Now with his own blues and rock flavoured sounds June 25th sees the releasing of his first single The Spinning Of The Wheel which is taken from his debut album Song in a Minor Key which has its unveiling July 9th.
The Spinning Of The Wheel is a determined song which leaves one impressed and enthused by its great strength and sounds. This strength comes from the artist as a person not just in his songwriting. This is evident in his response to the news from his doctor last December just a day before he was due to mix of the last track on the album in the studio, that he had hepatocellular carcinoma (incurable cancer of the liver). The response was clear, in his own words he said “I was feeling so good about the album that when the doctor told me I had only months to live I just laughed and said ‘No mate, that’s not gonna happen. I’ve got an album to release.” Charlie worked hard on his health with expert medical advice as well as finishing the album with this summer seeing him much better physically with promising results so far and the release of his, which going by the single promises to be a very interesting and pleasing album.
With his band The Mojo Killers consisting of guitarists Derek Mandel and Mark Hawkins, bass player Dave Cuthbert, drummer Daniel Howard, plus saxophonist Paul Silver, trumpeter Gavin Broom, and Nick Mills on trombone, Charlie for his first single has created an infectious blues toned rock song. It has a sure gait to its swagger, a confidence in its ability to persuade the ear with every note to open up to its mesmeric charms. It opens with a plaintive blues guitar call before easing back to bring a companioning backdrop to the vocals of Charlie and his lyrical tale. The song makes no demands but simply engages the senses with a full and rewarding blend of well crafted rock and irresistible brass flavouring as it progresses. It is a thoroughly satisfying song with small but wonderfully defined flares of melodic invention from the guitar and glorious spreads of passion igniting sounds from the horn section.
The Spinning Of The Wheel is a song which all classic rock and blues fans will get a big kick from and the perfect invitation for Song in a Minor Key. Charlie Lankester And The Mojo Killers just might be theirs and your new rock friend.