ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – When singer-songwriter Charles Esten isn’t on stage entertaining audiences, he plays evil father Ward Cameron on the Netflix hit, “Outer Banks.”
“We’ve almost finished season three and it’s been a crazy, wild ride. It’s been so much fun. This show is such a blessing,” says Esten.
A blessing and a big change from his previous starring role as country singer Deacon Claybourne on “Nashville” television.
Esten had a good laugh when WDBJ7 asked if bad guy Ward Cameron would ever get into a country song on “Outer Banks.”
“I have a pretty vivid imagination. I can think of many things, and how they would work. I can’t think of how Ward would sit down and get on the guitar and play a sweet, sentimental tune about how much he despises the Pogues. It would be tricky,” he said.
Ward won’t sing, but Esten will.
He’s excited to be back on tour, with a return to The Coves Amphitheater at Union Hall on Saturday, September 10.
“I’m the lucky guy who can go play my music when we have a minute. It won’t be long after we return. I’m going to Smith Mountain Lake and I’m so excited,” Esten says.
Virginia has a special place in his heart, ever since he moved to Alexandria as a child and spent time with his grandfather in Buchanan.
Her love for her grandfather is evident in her music, especially in songs like “Do You Good”.
“So that’s why I like to play in kind of a mountainous area of Virginia. He was born near Roanoke in Buchanan. He wasn’t born there. He grew up in Buchanan when he was older and there’s still a family home up there on the hill, so it all means a lot to me and has inspired me a lot over the years,” says Esten.
Speaking of family, his wife, Patty, works alongside him.
“She has become a fan favorite for sure. People see her on the side of the stage or walking around and know her through our live streams and social media and that also makes me very happy. I follow her biggest fan,” says Esten.
The couple also share a labor of love, supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“We have a daughter who, when she was two and a half, was diagnosed with leukemia, so together we dedicated ourselves to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their Light the Night campaign, and we are getting closer to 10 years, I think with that,” Esten explains.
Whether it’s his philanthropy, his TV show, or his music, Esten is a busy guy.
One of his new songs is “Worst Day”, is a duet with singer Julia Cole.
When it comes to his live shows, Esten likes to keep it impromptu and in the moment.
“If I’m in a moment and there’s a vibe, because I don’t know what the public is going to bring in at any given moment and they bring – it’s a partnership. It’s a team that back and forth between us. That’s the beauty of this particular place. Believe me, it will be professional. It won’t just be like sitting around a campfire. But it will be a bit like sitting around a campfire,” he says.
Once again, Esten’s show will take place at The Coves Amphitheater at Union Hall near Smith Mountain Lake on September 10 at 7 p.m.
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Fans will also be thrilled to hear that Esten has a new album coming.
He says it will go into pre-production in September.
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