A Southern boy from Atlanta, Georgia, Charlie
Stephens began playing music at an early age. His first
job took him on the road with Harpo Kidwell (WSB Barn Dance).
Charlie later moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked for several
years in the printing business. Retirement brought him back to his
birth city of Atlanta, Georgia. Music and friends alike awaited
his return, and he spent those retirement years doing just what
he loved! He played some with Albert Coleman & Atlanta Pops
Orchestra, and was also very active in his church.
For six years, Charlie was part of Scotty’s sound/video crew
for the International Steel Guitar Convention along with Bill Ferguson
and Wayne Stowers. Many special memories were made on those long
drives from Atlanta to St. Louis, Missouri. Bill recalls the on-going
joke about Charlie wanting to be in charge on the trip, but he and
Wayne would only let Charlie take control when they stopped at the
White House Rest Area in Paducah, Kentucky. On what would have been
Charlie’s seventh St. Louis trip with his sound-crew buddies,
Bill and Wayne gave Charlie’s finger picks a special burial
at the White House Rest Area in Paducah, Kentucky, where Charlie
Stephens will always be in control.