Don't shed a tear in your beer. Charles says the end of the world is not near
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IF YOU GO
• WHAT: Charles & The Fabulous 4
• WHERE: Texas Country Oaks Dance Hall, 924 N. Farm-to-Market Road 822, Edna
• WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
• COST: $8
For the optimistic, head to Texas Country Oaks on Friday night in Edna.
Charles & The Fabulous 4 guarantee to ring in Saturday the surest and best way they know how - with a country-western polka dance.
Charles Marburger gave a few minutes to Get Out to talk about his roots in music and why he knows tomorrow always comes.
Do you think Friday will be the end of the world?
I don't believe that, no. That's about like in year 2000 when everything was going to go dark. We played a dance that night. We had to have security to make sure nobody could get to the electrical box, but the next morning, it was the same ol' world.
How would you spend your last day on earth?
We'd probably just go play a job. If that was the last we ever played, so be it. There's so much crazy stuff that goes on the world nowadays. I'm 54, grew up out in the country close to Warrenton. I lived on a farm. I've seen a lot of changes in the way people live and what they do. I don't think anything's going to happen.
how long have you been playing music?
When I was in grade school, I took some music lessons, but then I didn't play in any band until 2002. I sold a lumber company and my building business. I had a little more spare time.
I've always enjoyed music and playing music but had all those years racing around trying to make a living.
How did you become a multitalented musician?
When I was taking lessons back in grade school, I started playing trumpet.
About a year before, when I wanted to put together a band, I taught myself piano, guitar and sax with beginners books.
how'd you settle into country and western?
Back when I was in high school running around to dances, that's pretty much the only dances I'd go to. I always liked polka and waltz music.
When we started, we played traditional country, but being that I knew how to play sax, we started throwing in some polka and waltz.
The steel guitarist sings a lot of that in Czech. We're a five-piece. All the guys in the band sing. I don't do all the singing.
We play traditional country: Ray Price, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kevin Fowler, Jason Allen, some of the older artists and some of the newer stuff.
The more people, the more fun.
What are some of your favorite gigs?
We play county fairs and church picnics because there's always a big crowd at places like that. We play weddings, too. It's a little more fun to play when you're playing for a full house instead of a handful.