The band








Blues paintings


Born in Saint-Avold, France and now based in Nancy, France.

Took some piano lessons and tried to play the harmonica as a kid.

Got serious at the age of 16 after obtaining a guitar for Christmas.

Got bitten by the Blues bug in 1992, during a one-year stay in the United States. Seduced by the atmosphere of the concerts. People from all social and cultural backgrounds get together to have a good time. No need to try to be somebody you aren't. It's a profoundly human experience. The music is "hand-made", a lot of stuff is improvised. No false pretenses, everyone knows they're part of the party. The singer tells everyday life stories. Sometimes they're happy, sometimes they're sad. A strange chemistry happens then: the universal message of the Blues makes the audience identify with the songs; joy is shared and sorrow is sublimated through communion.

Back in France, put a Blues band together by the name of the Blue Cats and started playing concerts. At the same time, started doing one-man acoustic shows in the spirit of early 20th century Blues.

Went back to the States many times to soak in more of the music, meet bluesmen in their everyday environment, and learn from the original sources. Started playing the harmonica again.

Put together a band that went through several configurations, and played many gigs as a group effort or solo, in the northeastern part of France.

Now writing own songs.

Repertoire includes Blues evergreens and own compositions.

The current band, Charles Despres and the Midnight Creepers, is a trio, with Steve Perrotte on drums and Philippe Schwab on bass.

Some milestones include participation in festivals in the eastern part of France, Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as opening for Paul "Wine" Jones, T-Model Ford, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Lucky Peterson, Mama's Boys, Duke Robillard, Jimmy D. Lane, David Maxwell and Nico Wayne Toussaint.