Charlie Bonnet III Releases New Single and Video for "'Hillbilly Rock Star"


Tennessee hard rock troubadour Charlie Bonnet III has released a brand new single and music video, titled 'Hillbilly Rock Star,' and is set to release his eighth solo album, titled 'A Hotel In Valdosta,' through Dammit Boy Records this summer.

Hailing from Nashville, Bonnet has flirted with mainstream success in the past, having had a stint as lead guitarist for A&E reality star Big Smo, as well as a four year run as co-founder, singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of minor league rock favorites, Moccasin Creek.  It was during this time that he caught the eye of major label producer Jon Conner, whose newly launched Dammit Boy imprint was seeking talent.  When the original Moccasin Creek met its demise in late 2014, Conner was quick to scoop up Bonnet from the ashes, and put him in the studio.  The result is 'A Hotel In Valdosta,' a solid slab of southern rock glory that showcases Bonnet's well-honed songwriting and delivery.  "It was my goal to take a classic sound like Skynyrd, and mix it with the energy of a band like Black Sabbath, but with a Waylon Jennings twist" he says.  "I'm from Nashville, but I despise commercial country.  Maybe it's because of my days as a heavy metal kid, but a song has to rock or I'm not interested.  Either kick ass or go home..."

Bonnet has strong ties to the hard rock and heavy metal community, releasing five studio albums as frontman for underground pioneers, Disarray.  He also served as co-manager for Steve "Zetro" Souza's post Exodus band, Hatriot.  As a member of Moccasin Creek he collaborated on songs with Bruce Kulick (KISS), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), Glen Alvelais (Testament / Forbidden), and Tom Klimchuck (Pro-Pain).

Check out the new song and video HERE.

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