From a career that began by playing Navy clubs to the stage of the Louisiana Hayride alongside some of the biggest names in music history, a local musician is now using his talent to garner support for hurricane victims.
At 84-years-old, local musician Charlie “Cat” Catfield released a new song called “Hurricane Sandy.”
“It is an uplifting traditional country song that has a spiritual part near the end,” Catfield said. “It is inspirational to those who are at a rock bottom, because there is more to life than just the physical going on.”
After graduating college from Louisiana Tech University in 1949, Catfield joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and there his singing career was born.
He formed a band while he was stationed in Guam and developed his passion for music and continued to write traditional country and gospel songs.
“We played at nightclubs and NCO clubs for 18 months, six nights a week,” he said.
Catfield said he obtained valuable experience about the music industry during his time in the Navy.
He said that, in 1955, he had the pleasure of performing on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport alongside Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton and Jim Reeves.
Catfield said he retired in 1989 and returned to his roots in Bastrop, and concentrated his attention on his music.
“I want to remind people of those who are still suffering the after-affects of Hurricane Sandy,” he said. “Two months later those who suffered damage on the eastern seaboard continue to wait on the government to release a relief bill. I want to remind everyone to help them by donating.”
The new song “Hurricane Sandy” may be heard online at Jango.com by entering the web address and clicking on the free music online button. Once there type in Charlie “Cat” Catfield to hear the entire song.
Catfield said he can be heard singing with Ed Miller and the Rhthymaires over KTRY in Bastrop, and may also be heard during the K104 radio station Gospel Music Hour which airs on Sunday's at 7 a.m.