“Too Sick is Too Sick: Gut bucket guitar, blues, and smooth, high-livin' honey in a whiskey jar for pipes. ”
— Lynnea and Ted Lauffer, Owners, Gray Dog Deli
“You've got a blues act that sends me straight down South. Inspired swamp slide sounds.”
— Ryan McGrath, The Ryan McGrath Band
“OMG is this guy is good! Epic night of Blues Music... ”
— Tony Koenk, Owner, Brix 340
Short BIO: Too Sick Charlie and his genuine one man band have gained a reputation of playing uncompromising, no-nonsence roots-music, deeply influenced by the blues of the north Mississippi Hill country. With his 3 string cigar box guitar he picks out hip-shakin’ licks and lays down some solid beats with his drum kit. And throw in some harp for good measure. It’s the best low-down boogie in the neighborhood.
LONG BIO: Too Sick was born in a Nassau blue Chevy Bel Air that was being used as a beagle pen on the outskirts of Belleville, Illinois. He performed on the Mississippi River Medicine Show Circuit for several years before transitioning into a practice of medicine. After developing various snake oil cures for ailments that proved unfounded (but very, very profitable) he made his way to Madison, Wisconsin where he lives a quiet, ascetic life of medical study, song writing and robustly varied acquiescence to almost constant temptation.
Too Sick Charlie is currently booking shows & festivals for 2023 and beyond.
Notable past shows: International Blues Challenge, Waukesha Blues Festival, Mineral Point Blues and Roots Festival, Oostburg Boogie Festival, Fitchrona Blues Festival, Chicago Cigar Box Festival, and the New Orleans Cigar Box Festival.