Charles Wesley Godwin’s Selling Out Live Dates, Sets Live EP
It may sound like a mantra at this point, but it bears repeating so often these days: Go see your favorite artists in small and medium venues when you still have the opportunity. This definitely is the case with Charles Wesley Godwin, who is already selling out shows left and right, has some big ones coming up in the weeks and months ahead, as well as a live recorded EP worth getting on your radar.
Godwin will be playing the Grand Ole Opry on February 10th. Tune in via WSM if you can. He’ll also be playing Bully, Bands, and Barrels in Lexington, KY on February 11. Then he’ll be heading out on tour with J.R. Carroll, Josh Meloy, and Tanner Usrey opening select dates, some of which are sold out already. Godwin will also be playing both the Two Step Inn Fest in Texas in April, and the Railbird Festival in Lexington in June, both of which are sold out as well.
But that’s not all the news from the Charles Wesley Godwin camp. On February 17th, he will be releasing an EP called Live from the Church. Recorded with his band The Allegheny High in Pittsburgh last May, it’s not a concert EP as much as playing songs cherished by Godwin in a live setting with no overdubs. This includes Chris Knight’s “The Jealous Kind” which is out now (listen below).
Godwin promises this will not be his next full studio release, which is tentatively slated to come out later this year, but something to tide fans over. And fans are certainly thirsty and rabid, as Godwin is riding the Zach Bryan wave along with his own momentum to sold out shows, and serious support behind his superb songwriting.
Charles Wesley Godwin Tour Dates:
February 7, 2023 @ 7:25 pm
Godwin sold out the 2,400 capacity Stage AE in Pittsburgh last Saturday night. That’s basically a homecoming show for him as Morgantown (where he was born and attended WVU) is only 60 miles south. I did not go, but had a lot of friends who attended and said it was a great show.
February 7, 2023 @ 8:14 pm
The Stage AE show was originally supposed to be at a smaller venue, Thunderbird Cafe/Music Hall, but was moved to accommodate the demand. I’m surprised they didn’t plan on the bigger venue from the start given that Pgh is pretty much home.
February 7, 2023 @ 8:22 pm
We are going to Town Mountain next week which I believe was originally a Club Cafe show moved to Thunderbird. Good problem to have as these artists draw bigger audiences. I haven’t been to Thunderbird since Ryan Bingham in 2008.
We will also be going to 49 Winchester at Thunderbird in April. It’s nice to see another venue in the rotation as these Appalachian artists are blowing up.
February 7, 2023 @ 8:50 pm
I saw Charley Crockett at Thunderbird a while back. It’s completely renovated. The last time I was there before that was Wayne Hancock and Bob Wayne and it’s got to be at least double the capacity. I will be at the 49 Winchester show too. Looking forward to seeing them live.
February 8, 2023 @ 1:29 am
I was wondering if you went to the show. The band’s Instagram’s account was really entertaining leading up to the show. For example, they had CWG pronounce “yinz.” I had to look up the meaning. Right now, they are clicking on all cylinders and who I listen to the most, with 49 Winchester just behind. Saw CWG twice in December and will see 49 Winchester just across the river from Louisville next Thursday.
February 8, 2023 @ 2:32 am
I’m not that big of a CWG fan. At least not to leave the house on a cold February night to see him in concert. If it were summer and he was playing the outdoor part of that venue, I’d go to hang out with friends.
Someone in the SCM comment section once compared him to Gordon Lighfoot and I can’t unhear it (and I already deemed him too Celtic for my taste). Which is odd, because I really liked him in Union Sound Treaty and saw them 2x in Morgantown.
But, I wish him all the success in the world.
Have fun at 49 Winchester! They were supposed to play here at a much smaller venue last April and had to cancel – COVID. We couldn’t stick around to see them at Healing Appalachia in September. They and Cole Chaney were playing the late, late stage Saturday night. Chaney didn’t take the stage until 12:10 am. We had to leave after Chaney’s set. So, they’ve eluded me twice!
February 8, 2023 @ 10:16 am
That Pittsburgh show was great. Much more high energy and rockin’ than I expected.
February 7, 2023 @ 8:02 pm
So thankful I got to see him in Springfield back in December. Might end up being the last time he plays that venue
February 8, 2023 @ 6:40 am
I’ve never been to these places, but I know that Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore and The National in Richmond are big rock clubs. I checked and each has a capacity around 1,500. He seems to be another roots artist (e.g, Tyler Childers) who has skipped mid-sized clubs altogether in DC/Balto/Richmond. And maybe smaller clubs, too. If he had ever played the mid-sized Birchmere in NoVA, I certainly would have known about it. And I don’t recall hearing about him playing smaller clubs like Pearl Street Warehouse and Jammin Java.
Speaking of The Birchmere, long time owner Gary Oelze passed away a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been a regular attendee of shows there since the early ’90s. It’s going to be weird not seeing his friendly face there anymore. RIP and thank you, Mr. Oelze.
February 9, 2023 @ 8:31 am
He actually performed twice in DC in 2022. Both times at Hill Country BBQ near Capital One Arena… Both shows were sold out and phenomenal performance. The first one in Feb 2022 had Zach Bryan as a surprise opener… in a 250 person room
February 9, 2023 @ 10:01 am
Saw him solo at Gypsy Sally’s (now permanently closed) in Georgetown in 2019 twice, no admission fee charged either time, with about a dozen people in the room the first time and about twice that the second time.
Now, just a few years later, he’s headlining at Ram’s Head Live not too far away from there for nearly $40 a ticket. Well deserved. Man’s been grinding hard and making a lot of smart moves building up his fanbase.
It’s a rare thing watching a really talented artist like this play to bigger crowds year over year. Thanks to SCM for putting a spotlight on him years ago! Might never have heard of him otherwise, ’til much later. Will probably never see him live at venues that small ever again.
February 10, 2023 @ 4:18 pm
I’m a Richmonder, and I have seen CWG four times…1) Richmond Music Hall (mid-sized) opening for William Clark Green
2) The National opening for Ward Davis
3) Press Club in Farmville (small/mid-sized)
4) Richmond Music Hall (main act)
I’m pumped he’s grown to the point he can headline The National…he deserves it.
February 8, 2023 @ 7:25 am
I missed my chance and regret it.
He played our (Lexington, KY) 300 cap room on back to back nights around Christmas this past year. Both sold out.
The last two people to sell out two back to back nights in that venue?
1. Ian Noe
2. Tyler Childers
Pretty good company.
February 8, 2023 @ 7:31 am
Needle Fall Down guts me every time I hear it. Looking forward to seeing him open for Jinks.
February 8, 2023 @ 8:49 am
Will be at the show next Friday night in Charleston, SC. Looking forward to a full setlist as he only played for about 45 minutes at the Greenville Country Music Fest in early November.
February 8, 2023 @ 9:13 am
I think the Red Rocks show is also sold out (good for Shane Smith — he earned it). CWG is blowing up big time and he for sure deserves it all.
February 8, 2023 @ 9:35 am
I’m glad to see he’s getting popular, however I’m surprised to see his streaming numbers are still abysmal.
February 8, 2023 @ 11:49 am
I think the reason for the streaming numbers disconnect is since so many people were introduced to him through Zach Bryan live, this is the context that they know and consume his music. Also, heretofore, Godwin has released all his music independently, which makes it difficult to get on important playlists, find support from independent radio, etc. Word is every label is hot on his tail, if he hasn’t signed with someone already. I expect his next album to be big.
February 8, 2023 @ 8:02 pm
You’re probably right. I didn’t mean that as a criticism of him or his music, I was just surprised at the numbers due to his seemingly rapidly rising popularity. I even have friends who generally don’t like country music who are fans of his music.
February 8, 2023 @ 1:49 pm
I saw him open for Ward Davis in Savannah a couple years ago. First concert in Savannah coming out of Covid. Just CWG and his guitar. He put on a hell of an opening set. The wife and I have been huge fans ever since.
February 8, 2023 @ 2:25 pm
March 30th in Chattanooga sold out now too
February 8, 2023 @ 2:27 pm
March 30th in Chattanooga sold out too
February 8, 2023 @ 2:43 pm
Probably my most played artist in recent months. He does give off Gordon Lightfoot “vibes” with his vocals. There are certainly worse singer songwriters to be compared to. Hope to catch a show sometime soon.
February 9, 2023 @ 12:59 am
Love the sound. Charles Wesley Godwin is top shelf in writing and production.
I like this song. I like the original as well, but its all good.
We truly are living in a golden age of music.
February 9, 2023 @ 5:36 am
I’ve never listened to country music in my life, the only country songs I’ve ever heard are “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “That’s My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan, “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell” and “Here You Come Again” by Dolly Parton. Any recommendations?
February 9, 2023 @ 10:25 am
Alan Jackson, Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Jason Boland, Turnpike Troubadours