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RSD '16 In-Store appearance at Chaz's Bull City Records 

I'll take a break from shopping during this year's RECORD STORE DAY to perform a solo set at Chaz's Bull City Records here in Durham, NC on Saturday, April 16! The line-up for this FREE show includes Colin Sneed (of Unwed Teenage Mothers & Bass Drum of Death) and KJ & Nolan (of The Charming Youngsters)...not to be missed!

Folk-Pop Heaven! Opening for NELLIE MCKAY at Motorco (Durham), Fri. 2.19 

In a match made in folk-pop heaven, local troubadour CHARLES LATHAM will make his MOTORCO debut opening for the critically-acclaimed NELLIE MCKAY when she comes to Durham on Friday, February 19. 

Latham recently appeared on WUNC’s “The State of Things” with Frank Stasio to discuss his “living wage” project and the role of the Protest Singer in today’s world. Nellie McKay is touring in support of her latest album, “My Weekly Reader”, which finds contemporary relevance in ‘60s era pop. As Rolling Stone writes, “A renegade songwriter with an ultraflexible Great American Songbook sensibility, McKay finds modern resonances everywhere…the fiscal crash clouds the Kinks' ‘Sunny Afternoon’; the schools crisis haunts Frank Zappa's ‘Hungry Freaks, Daddy’.” Both artists trace the multicolored threads of the 1960s into modern day, from the coffeehouses of the Village to sunny FM radio, weaving them into something both new and timeless. 
Friday, Feb. 19 
Nellie McKay w/ Charles Latham 
723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 

"Living Wage" on State of Things 

In case you missed my first-ever appearance on WUNC's "The State of Things" (North Carolina Public Radio and NPR affiliate) yesterday, the segment has been archived---I spoke to renowned host Frank Stasio about the living wage song project and played a couple of songs with assistance from the incomparable Catherine Edgerton. 

Love sick! 

Got the winter blues? Need a reason to live in the depths of February? I can’t help you with that, but I can tell you about a pair of shows I’m doing over Valentine’s Day weekend! 
“LOVE: TRIANGLE” – Valentine’s Day local songwriter show at Letters Bookshop in Durham, NC 
Letters Bookshop hosting Valentine’s Day 2016 singer-songwriter showcase w/ Charles Latham, Reese McHenry (Second Wife, Dirty Little Heaters), Shayne Miel (Future Kings of Nowhere) 

On the evening of Sunday, February 14, 2016 (Valentine’s Day), Letters Bookshop on W. Main Street in Durham is hosting “Love: Triangle”, an intimate showcase of local songwriters featuring performances by Charles Latham, Reese McHenry (Dirty Little Heaters, The Second Wife) and Shayne Miel (of The Future Kings of Nowhere). 
Love: Triangle will bring together three of the Triangle’s finest singer-songwriters in a celebration of love for local music and the region they call home. Charles Latham, co-host of the event and impresario, will perform, along with two of his very good friends:

  • Reese McHenry, of the Dirty Little Heaters and her new project, The Second Wife, will perform solo. The Second Wife’s critically-acclaimed Tourist was released in late 2015. 
  • Shayne Miel, principal songwriter of The Future Kings of Nowhere, will be performing solo in a rare appearance. 

The festivities will begin immediately after Letters’ Sunday business hours and will wrap up around 8pm-there is no cover charge for the show and guests are invited to BYOB and enjoy hot beverages provided by the musicians. 
Love: Triangle 
An intimate night of music from 
local singer-songwriters Charles Latham, Reese McHenry, and Shayne Miel 

Letters Bookshop 
313 W. Main St. 
Durham, NC 27701 
Sunday, February 14, 2016 
5:30pm – 8pm 
 No cover/ BYOB 

The following Monday, Charles Latham and Reese McHenry will take the love-fest on the road to Raleigh, performing a set of duets at The Love Hangover 2016 on Monday, February 15 at Kings.  

The Love Hangover  
Featuring performances by:  
Alexis Price & Stuart McLamb  
Reese McHenry & Charles Latham  
Caroline Mamoulides & Steve Howell  
Katie Stephens & Dave Wright  
Kings Barcade  
14 West Martin St.  
Raleigh, NC 27601  
Monday, February 15, 2016  
7:30 doors, 8pm show  
$8 all ages


Announcing "The Living Wage" song project! 

I’m pleased to announce the release of a full-band version of “The Living Wage”, just in time for the holidays! All sales from the digital release will benefit The Durham Living Wage Project as well as its “sister” organization, The Scottish Living Wage Campaign.
The new version, which has more than a little bit of a country & western flair to it, is a strictly Durham affair: the song was recorded locally by engineer Greg Klaiber at Caveman Studios in Durham, with area musicians including multi-instrumentalists Nathan Golub and Omar Ruiz-Lopez; Catherine Edgerton (formerly of Midtown Dickens); and Stephen Mullaney of The Wigg Report. Mastering was donated by Track & Field in Carrboro, NC.
After learning about the launch of the Durham Living Wage Project in March 2015, I saw an opportunity to use the song to support the organization and the Durham community through music.
I chose the Scottish Living Wage Campaign as the other beneficiary of this project not only as a “thank you” to friends and fans overseas, but to emphasize that this is a global movement fighting for decent wages to enable workers to live a decent life. As Sarah Wiktorski of the Scottish Living Wage Campaign kindly writes: “The sentiment in Charles’ song is universal and will hopefully strike a chord with many of our supporters.”
The official digital release date for the track will be Tuesday, December 22, 2015 through this website (

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