The Morgantown, WV songwriter and storyteller extraordinaire should by new means require an introduction at this point. He’s one of the best artists in country music, and his catalog is full of proof.
Nevertheless, CWG has still flown somewhat over the radar.
He’s beginning to gain more of the recognition that he deserves, but it’s just a matter of time until he hits the big time. Or ought to, at least. His first album Seneca was a fantastic debut, but his 2021 album How the Mighty Falls was even a whole other beast.
It checks all the boxes in terms of what you want out of a country album, and the short stories he tells through these songs are often captivating and chilling.
If you’re at all like me and you tend to find yourself wondering whether some of the stories you hear in music are true, or at least where the inspiration came from, then it’s always cool to hear the background of a song from the artist themselves.
Luckily for us, there are videos on CWG’s YouTube channel doing just that, explaining the inspiration between almost all of his songs from How the Mighty Falls.
I highly encourage you to watch every single one of them, but at least check out the inspiration behind a few of my favorites.
“Cranes of Potter”
“How the Mighty Fall”
Hearing these stories really gives you an even higher level of appreciation for this spectacular collection of songs. More artists should take this play out of CWG’s playbook and post these kinds of videos.
Now that I think about it, most artists out there have a lot they could learn from Charles Wesley Godwin.