Mississippi native Charlie Mars makes emotive Pop Rock with (usually) an acoustic base. If that forms an image and sound in your head as, “just another dude with an acoustic guitar,” don’t judge before you hear Mars’ deep, atmospheric sound. Mars himself says, “What I really want is to say to (pigeonholers is), ‘Not so quick. Just one minute. That’s not what this is.’ ”
Mars has had the music industry’s attention since the early ’00s but, after time with the V2 label, he found his voice and an audience with 2009’s independent release, A Bird, Like A Plane.
Inspired by the ghostly, sparse production of Daniel Lanois on albums by Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan, Mars married that approach to his soulful, breezy and melodic songwriting style, which has subtle elements of everything from Folk Rock to Funk.
He perfected the mesh on Blackberry Light, his solid 2012 release, which has seen enough success to warrant both a deluxe edition and an acoustic edition in 2013.
Mars performs Thursday at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub with North Carolina Indie Roots singer/songwriter Kellin Watson opening the show with her band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available through ticketweb.com. Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, mollymalonesirishpub.com.