Long time blues aficionado and music historian, Chuck Beattie (aka Dr. Blues) fronts a Chicago-Style Blues band based in Western North Carolina. Originally from Rocky Mount, NC, Beattie grew up in a household filled with music. He credits his mother, a piano player and teacher, for the innate talent and musical appreciation that has driven him all his life. As a young man, Beattie was influenced by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and a host of other important African American musicians performing in the segregated clubs of his hometown. It was Chuck and his beloved brother, Gerald, who played pickup gigs for some artists while they were off contract in the south such as Mel and Tim, Otis Clay, The Kelly Brothers and many more. This gave him his first chance to play in a real band. Still in high school, Chuck recognized that music was his true calling.
A founding member of the North Carolina Jazz Ensemble, Chuck utilizes his knowledge of gospel, jazz, and the sounds of the Delta to draw out the best of Chicago Style Blues. The result is music as rich as Muddy Waters, and as down and dirty as Howling Wolf. Backed by some of the best in Blues musicians, Beattie commands the stage with his booming voice and classic old school charm. Dr. Blues preaches that “the music must come first”, and has worked tirelessly to preserve the culture and integrity of true American Blues. Due to his knowledge, background, and talent, Dr. Blues was asked to headline The Bury Blues Festival in England. Chuck was also the headliner for the Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival in Boquete, Chiriqui Province, Panama in Central America. He has shared the stage with many top musicians, among them the great Blues siren Shamekia Copeland. Some well respected contemporaries and friends include Cephus and Wiggins, Nneena Freelon, and numerous others. Beattie is dedicated to educating and inspiring young musicians by hosting Blues jams throughout the area, giving new talent a chance to carve out their own place in the Blues. Chuck Beattie has appeared at private parties, festivals, clubs, and music halls, compelling folks of all ages and backgrounds to get up and dance.
Chuck resides in the beautiful Metro Atlanta, GA, where he continues to keep the Blues alive.