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Charles Esten talks Birchmere holiday gig, new album, season 3 of 'Outer Banks,' and more!

7NewsDC — For many years we've been celebrating the holidays with Charles Esten and we were so excited to welcome him back to the big yellow couch as we head into Christmas weekend. The multi-talented actor-singer-songwriter is back in town for another show at the Birchmere tomorrow night. We discussed his new tour, his new album in the works, season 3 of "Outer Banks," and much more.



by Julia DeKorte '23 for W&M Magazine


(Esten) wrote one of the band’s most popular original songs, called “Walk the Bridge,” about the lore of the Crim Dell bridge. Puskar recalled the first time the band played it together: “All of a sudden, the song just comes alive all around me, in their fingertips and in their playing. That was a life-changing moment for me. It set me down the path of where I am today.”


TV's 'Nashville' stars are reuniting for a (sold-out) benefit concert

by Dave Paulsen for THE TENNESSEAN


On Friday, Esten returns to another regular gig in town: his annual "Light the Late Night" concert at 3rd & Lindsley, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It immediately follows the organization's "Light the Night" walk and festival, happening Friday night at First Horizon Park.

For this year's concert, Esten is performing alongside "Nashville" castmates Clare Bowen ("Scarlett O'Connor" on the show) and Jonathan Jackson ("Avery Barkley").


HOMETOWN ENTERTAINMENT: Musician Charles Esten to perform at The Coves Amphitheater

by Kimberly McBroom for WDBJ7
The “Outer Banks” star talks about his music, his family and his Virginia roots


‘Three chords and the truth’ ‘Nashville’ and ‘Outer Banks’ star Charles Esten returns to the Paramount on Saturday

By Tom Netherland, special to The Herald Courier

Pleasant applause greeted Charles Esten last year when he strode across the stage of Bristol’s Paramount Theater. The star of television’s “Nashville” and Netflix’ “Outer Banks” greeted the audience in kind.

By show’s end, pleasant applause was replaced by a lustrous and quite colossal reception. Attendees loved Esten and his music.

Now he’s returning. See Esten’s sophomore visit to the Paramount Bristol Theater in Bristol, Tennessee, Saturday, July 30.


Charles Esten Embraces Acting, Singing, & Charleston

by Jeff Walker, for HOLY CITY SINNER

Whether he’s doing comedy improv, acting, or performing his own songs before a live audience Charles ‘Chip’ Estenis thankful he’s been able to carve out a career in the entertainment industry. “Music is where I got my start. I was the lead singer in a band in college. Not long after graduation I was cast as the lead in a play about Buddy Holly. I guess I’ve always wanted to be a performer.”

Having stayed busy since that first musical stage production more than three decades ago Esten admits to being blessed. “I was kind of fortunate early on. That (Buddy Holly play) was not only a whole lot of acting experience on stage but involved a lot of music....


Julia Cole, Charles Esten release ‘Worst Day’

by Buddy Iahn

Song was premiered on the Opry stage

CMT Next Woman of Country, Julie Cole and singer/songwriter/actor Charles Esten have released upbeat duet, “Worst Day,” to all streaming services. The song, as Esten explains, is “a flat-out banger about the joy of having that special someone you love beside you in the good times, and even more especially, in the hard times.”


Charles Esten ready for Birchmere return, talks holidays, 'Outer Banks' and more

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — We were so excited to have one of our all-time favorite guests back in studio after a long wait in the pandemic. Hometown actor and musician Charles Esten is finally back in town and back on tour for his annual show at the Birchmere. You can catch him this Sunday in Alexandria, but first he caught us up on the holidays, his hit Netflix series "Outer Banks," and his plans for 2022.



Last Thursday was filled with nostalgia for Nashville native and CMA award-winner Deana Carter when she headlined the famed Ryman Auditorium for the first time. She performed an intimate 90-minute set for the sold-out crowd, with special guests Charles Esten and Breland, as well as friends and collaborators Terri Clark, Kylie Morgan and Brandon Heath. The show was a celebration for the release of the 25th Anniversary Edition of her 5X platinum debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?



By Debra Evans Price

Event Raises nearly $300,000 for Alzheimer's Association


Charles Esten hosting concert at Brooklyn Bowl to raise money for cancer research

Newschannel 5 - Amy Wilson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A beloved Nashville comedian, musician and actor continues to use his fame for philanthropy, and it’s adding up big time. 

Charles “Chip” Esten tells me, “God uses people sometimes to answer prayers.” He’s raised $1.5 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society in just under a decade while living in the Nashville area.


Charles Esten Is Happy to Be Back Home in Tennessee

By Rich and Laura Lynch

Musician Charles Esten was greeted with cheers as he took the stage and based on his remarks he was just as happy to be back home playing to a live audience as his fans were happy to see him. September 18, 2021 was one of a two night engagement for Charles at the legendary Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee.


HOMETOWN ENTERTAINMENT: Singer-actor Charles Esten talks about Virginia roots ahead of concert at Smith Mountain Lake

By Kimberly McBroom,

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ)- If you’re a fan of the popular Netflix show, “Outer Banks,” you know Charles Esten as the villanous Ward Cameron. Or, you might remember him as the country crooner Deacon Claybourne on TV’s “Nashville.”

Before he took to the stage across the US and overseas as a singer-songwriter, Esten spent most of his childhood in Alexandria, Virginia. He’s also no stranger to our hometowns in Southwest Virginia.

“I also got some southern Virginia roots through my grandfather, who was raised in Buchanan and grew up in that Roanoke area, so it’s really nice to be going there,” says Esten.

Esten’s performing this weekend at The Coves Amphitheater at Smith Mountain Lake, 


SHORT TAKES: Charles Esten loves Bristol, and the feeling was mutual at the Paramount

By Tom Netherland, Special to the HERALD COURIER

Charles Esten sat at a table backstage at the Paramount in Bristol, Tennessee. It was Saturday, the night of the historic theater’s first public show since March 2020.

“I am so happy to be here, to be the one who reopens this beautiful theater,” Esten said, who spoke while in the midst of writing a list of songs to perform. “This is such a gorgeous theater.”...

Bristol loves Charles Esten. Even though he lacked a full band, with just guitarist Colin Linden by his side, Esten entertained in master showman style. He engaged an incredibly vocal audience comprised mostly of women with nearly two hours and two dozen songs


Outer Banks' Charles Esten Details Ward's 'Epic and Operatic' Season 2 Scheme, Teases Season 3 Blindspot

Whether Outer Banks‘ Ward Cameron is the luckiest or unluckiest man on the planet kind of depends on how you look at things.

Kimberly Roots for TVLine


Charles Esten on 'Outer Banks' Season 2 and 10th Anniversary of 'Nashville' (Exclusive)

Charles Esten was completely shocked by his character's journey in season 2 of Outer Banks. ET's Katie Krause spoke to the 55-year-old actor about the Netflix series' sophomore season, including his character, Ward Cameron's, decision to fake his own death in front of his daughter, Sarah (Madelyn Cline), a move that left Esten "blown away."

ET Online


Charles Esten ‘Country Rocks’ The Windjammer

Under clear skies with just the right amount of ocean breeze, actor and singer Charles ‘Chip’ Esten turned The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms into a surfside honky-tonk on Thursday night (July 29th). Before a capacity crowd on the outdoor stage, with the beach and the dunes as his backdrop, Esten proved he is an all around entertainer.

Jeff Walker for HOLY CITY SINNER


Living a Dream Actor/musician Charles Esten from ABC’s ‘Nashville’ brings his music to Bristol on Aug. 7

From Hollywood to Nashville to Bristol, Esten brings a lifetime of music and experiences to the hallowed Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tennessee, on Saturday, Aug. 7. Closed since March 2020 and dating back to 1931, the Paramount will reopen with Esten at the helm.  

Tom Netherland, Special to the HERALD COURIER

Outer Banks’ Charles Esten Details ‘Heightened ‘ Season 2, ‘Hothead’ Rafe and More

During season 1 of Outer Banks, Ward Cameron (Charles Esten) made a lot of bad decisions — and that only continues in season 2.

Emily Longeretta for US Weekly


Charles Esten to host Absolute Radio Country series

American actor, singer, and songwriter Charles Esten will be joining Absolute Radio Country to guest host a new four-part series.