Charlie Patton grew up in a musical family in the deep south. Though classical cello was his primary focus as a young musician, his love of folk music inspired him to explore a variety of instruments, including mandolin, guitar, bass, clarinet, and saxophone. While studying cello at the University of Louisville, he met a fellow student, Ben Sollee, whose innovative approach to the cello fueled his own desire to incorporate the cello into folk music. Since that time he has immersed himself in many different genres of music, using lessons learned from other instruments to inform his technique.
Charlie holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance form the University of Louisville School of Music. He has appeared with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Commonwealth Musicians, and has been a frequent contributor to the Sclater Chamber Music Series at Mississippi College. He has also performed with Ben Sollee, Andrea Davidson, and Jane Rothfield, and was a featured artist at Great Big Yam Potatoes festival. He served as the Director of Children's Music for St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Louisville, and is currently performing with a number of ensembles in the metro area.