New York based musician and singer-songwriter Charlie Kaplan has released Pete Williams, the impassioned second single from his forthcoming debut album Sunday, which is out 13th November. Kaplan wrote the songs on Sunday in the wake of his father’s death, hence the title. He spoke with The Fountain about the new track and venues that he misses playing.
TF: What has the reception been to Pete Williams?
It’s been amazing to hear how people have connected with it! Pete Williams is named for my high school guidance counsellor, a person who lent me a steady hand at an unsure juncture in my life. After my father died, I thought of the people I once looked to for support when I couldn’t find it within myself. That feeling – wishing someone would show the way when you feel lost – has come through the song and resonated with people. The response that moved me the most came from a kid named Matt who messaged me on Instagram after hearing the song and told me, “it touches me every moment I listen to it.” It was incredible to hear from someone I had never met before who was moved by my music and found familiarity in the experience.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
A cry for help, feeling lost and looking for the way in a profoundly changed world.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I have more music in the pipeline I want to get done!
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
It was an incredible honour to play the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia with my other band Office Culture for the NPR show Mountain Stage last year. I’ll cherish that memory forever and I hope to do it again. In this pandemic, I just want the simple things I used to do regularly. I’m looking forward to just playing in a dingy dive bar once we get through this. I think the songs from this album will sound amazing with a bunch of friends sharing cheap beer and well liquor out of pint glasses and plastic cups. I can’t wait for that day to come.