The Rocks Off 200: Homegrown Cowboy Crooner Charles Peters

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Photo courtesy of Charles Peters
Who? Charles Peters is a Texas boy, born and bred. With a charming, chivalrous and almost innocent cool about him -- reminiscent of John Travolta's iconic lead role in Urban Cowboy -- it's easy to see why Peters has maintained such a notable presence in Houston's local rock scene.

Peters spent the first decade of the 2000s fronting the much buzzed-about and misleadingly named indie-rock quartet Three Fantastic, who released two albums, amassed an impressive touring roster and garnered national-scale attention before disbanding.

Currently, Peters is reunited with once-defunct Kenny the Spider and preparing to release the band's first demo. He also regularly performs with his solo project, which he says, "changes names [with] my name usually in it or around it."

True to his good ole boy form, when not writing and playing music, Peters is a professional horse trainer and also helps run his family's Conroe-area ranch.

Home Base: While hanging around Conroe, where he recently moved back to from the Heights, Peters frequents neighborhood joints like the Corner Pub and Red Brick Tavern. When inside the city, he says he has prefers Main Street staples like the Continental Club and Big Top.

Why Do You Stay In Houston? Peters is emphatic about Houston's many "talented musicians and good music people," who he believes "fly under the radar." He cites the fact that the city is "so spread out" as the main problem, explaining that "it's hard to cover that much ground."

But he also openly concedes a lacking of proximal authority on Houston's insular scene. "I'm outside the loop," he says. "So don't ask me -- I don't even live here."

Story continues on the next page.

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