Kharlie M

The h is silent; the music isn’t.

Kharlie at Mocha Moment, May 18, 2016. Photo by Ashley McDarison.

Kharlie M (with a silent h) is the stage name of Charlie Petitt, a folk singer-songwriter from Janesville, Wisconsin. Described as a “folk crooner,” Kharlie lends his clear but mellow voice to a variety of genres, including folk, country, light rock, and even children’s songs. Some of his original songs are bluegrass-inspired, while others have a splash of jazz or take on a classical spin. His repertoire includes songs about life and love, hymns and gospel songs, and a few silly songs.

Kharlie performs regularly at the Open Mic Night held twice monthly at Mocha Moment, a coffeehouse on Janesville’s south side. He also plays and sings once a month at Rock Haven nursing home with a church group.

Visit Kharlie’s Bandcamp page to hear older releases.

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Downtime Used for Rebuilding Website

I seldom get sick, but I spent the entire month of January afflicted with intervals of irregularity, cold symptoms (nasal drainage, congestion, cough) and a nasty right ear infection that caused some nerve damage, for which I am still on medication. Even as I write this, the ear is ringing, and my voice is not capable of singing. Through all of this, somehow I have kept in pretty good spirits. Prayers and good vibes are certainly welcome.

During my illness, I have focused my efforts on rebuilding the website, managing to unveil much of the site on January 13 and to complete it by January 31. Be sure to check out the Local Links page, the Gallery (new pictures #20 through #40), and back issues of this Newsletter; even my personal Running log appears for the first time.

Be sure to read the latest newsletter, which features a Spotlight article on Candace Griffin.

Kharlie’s One-Song Surprise

Kharlie at guitar

Photo by Jennifer Ruse

Going to an open mic on a cold winter’s night is apparently not most people’s cup of tea; the event at Mocha Moment on January 4 was sparsely attended. Ken, Mark, Jesse, and Jennifer were the only regular performers. I had already told two people I would be there, so I showed up, unprepared and with no instrument, just to listen. Jennifer Ruse loaned me her guitar, and I played the only song I know on guitar: “Windows Have Pains” by Marty Robbins, an old country music artist. I had never played a guitar in public before, but it went well: I nailed all four chords and the vocal, and everyone seemed to enjoy it.