Charlie Ewing was born in Cutbank, Montana in wind swept Glacier County just thirty miles south of the medicine line. His parents moved to the Porcupine Hills of Alberta, about 130 miles to the north when he was a long yearling and he has lived there pretty much the rest of his life, ranching and living the cowboy lifestyle that dominates his song writing.
Charlie’s musical life began while his Dad sang old cowboy and folk songs on his Martin 00-17 guitar, then listening to records from his parents and older sisters’ collections… artists like Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Joan Baez, Ian and Sylvia, Peter, Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot and later discovering Jimmy Rogers, Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams. Bluegrass and Old Time musicians like Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Norman Blake and Tony Rice fuelled the desire to learn to pick guitar, mandolin and banjo and song writers like Lightfoot, Tyson, Tom Russell, Tim O’Brien and Guy Clark to mention just a few, sparked an interest in trying to write his own songs.
He spent his working life running the SN Ranch, a cow/calf operation near Claresholm where he still lives. Semi-retired now he finds more time for music activity and performs either solo or with a duo or in a bluegrass band. Hopefully there are a few more songs rattling around underneath his hat waiting to be born. It’s an arduous process like trying to rope the wind.