Charles Atkins, Michael Bakan, Brian Hall
Sir Charles Atkins, Professor of the Blues, Tallahassee's Soul Brother Number One: these are all titles that Charles Atkins has earned. To most people, he is known as a serious musician and a polite gentleman with a social conscious. A real, down home person, and a talented musician with a big heart. Charles learned music at the Florida School for the Blind in Saint Augustine, Florida and later earned a degree in music education at Florida State University. His chosen instruments are keyboards and vocals. He has performed with Sam and Dave, and Benny Latimore. He has since branched out on his own. Charles Atkins is not just a piano player, a soulful vocalist, and a talented songwriter; he has produced and played for other artists' recordings. Charles is willing to share his experience, teaching music in several settings. Charles plays in various groups, duos and trios, and with his most recent venture, the Charles Atkins Blues Band.
Charles and His New Blues Band
Charles is back at it . . . now with his peers from FSU and FAMA. This band brings old and new style blues.. Their debut show is scheduled for May 19th at the Blue Tavern. Check the Blue Tavern website for tickets and details. www.bluetaverntallahassee.com
A Poem by Antwan J.Jones Called
"The Blind Musician" 4/3/2014
Smooth jazz hands hitting the piano keys like magic is a lovely habit worth not breaking to put a smile on others.
The soulful blues singer got a voice so rich and velvety sending waves of good vibes to the masses.
Legend, teacher, mentor, and friend to many but a simple every day man with many gifts that inspire.
Wise as the owl with knowledge beyond the years that serves as a staple to future generations to follow suit.
The crowd pleaser, entertainer, and showman dazzles many with his works of art on and off the stage at the end of the day he's still a cool cat with the musician's touch on life, the blind musician.
ANTWAN J. JONES A.K.A. Twan