Charlie McNeal | Runaway Train

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Runaway Train

by Charlie McNeal

If you've wondered where Traditional Country and Outlaw Country music have been, look no further. Charlie writes it, lives it, sings it. Loaded up with fiddle and steel every track will take you back to the good ol days!
Genre: Country: Outlaw Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Good Outweighs the Bad
3:54 $0.99
2. Sunshine Patriot
4:17 $0.99
3. Runaway Train
4:22 $0.99
4. Wyoming
3:36 $0.99
5. You'll Turn Out Fine
3:31 $0.99
6. Devil Went to Heaven
4:22 $0.99
7. Cheap Cigars and Motel Rooms
3:24 $0.99
8. Friends with a Barstool
4:09 $0.99
9. This Road Don't Lead to Nowhere
3:47 $0.99
10. Out of Luck
2:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
People are not only drawn to the rich, impressive timbre of his voice, but also the insightful, emotional songs he writes. He writes a lot by himself and with his sister, Corrin. “She is fun to write. She loves stories”. They recently wrote, Good Outweighs the Bad with Charlie’s producer, Kim Copeland. McNeal says, “Writing with Kim was different and fun. In fact, that song is probably going to be the first single.”

On his sophomore album, “Runaway Train,” McNeal is really growing into his gifts as a singer and songwriter with a collection of well-crafted songs about life’s trials and triumphs. The title track is about a man who just can’t seem to stay away from temptation. It boasts a potent lyric and musically McNeal describes it as Waylon meets Metallica. “That song was inspired by a lot of just things that happen to people every day. We all know people who struggle and we all have our vices.”

The album combines such up tempo romps as “I’m Out of Luck, Not Out of Love” with touching moments like “You’ll Turn Out Fine,” a mother’s reassurance to her child as he grapples with his father’s alcoholism and absentee parenting. “I wanted to write an album about real life because a lot of radio is about good times, drinking beer with buddies, taking a girl down a dirt road and dropping the tailgate. There’s nothing wrong with it,” he says. “A lot of people want to listen to stuff that doesn’t make them think, but the type of music that I want to make is about real life. It’s about what really happens. I really want to send a message that through all the hard times, you’re not forgotten. Life is full of difficult moments and choices. That’s what this album is about.”
McNeal is balancing his senior year with a busy touring schedule. He recently opened for Willie Nelson. “Standing in front of thousands of people, warming up the stage for Willie, was too cool to put into words.” Those times of validation are coming more and more often. “Playing festivals and honky-tonks, you get to meet some pretty amazing people. Recently I met, The Band of Brothers, a veterans group that uses softball as a way to get their fellow brothers integrated back into society after they come home,” McNeal recalls. “I played the song ‘You’ll Turn Out Fine’ and the leader of the group said, Man, that song hit me! My dad was the same way. Being able to affect him with that song was amazing to me. Being able to make him remember his feelings and seeing him affected in a good way by it was the most gratifying thing. That really made me feel like what I’m doing is the right thing.”



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