"Altamesa Maps Lone Star Existentialism on Sophomore Stunner Idol Frontier" - The Austin Chronicle

Idol Frontier Album Review - The Austin Chronicle

The Long Ride Home Album Review - The Austin Chronicle

“Imagine Bruce Springsteen's desolate cult classic Nebraska sung by a godforsaken Tom Petty with Keith Richards on guitar…. Without asking, Idol Frontier raises big questions about what we strive for and how we reach it.” — Kevin Curtin, The Austin Chronicle

"...And when he sings, he sounds like Tom Petty caught in the desolation of a Cormac McCarthy novel. " — Kevin Curtin, The Austin Chronicle. 


“Altamesa's sophomore full-length arrives as a revelation fulfilled…a mythos of the modern frontier….” — Doug Freeman, in his 4-star review of Idol Frontier for The Austin Chronicle


“[Idol Frontier] attests to two things: 1) Altamesa is one of the better roots/country-Americana outfits in town, if you can classify them as that; and 2) Much to their credit, they don’t really sound like anybody else.” — Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman


“…an impressionistic writer whose pen drips with chilling abstractions.” — Kevin Curtin, The Austin Chronicle


"...blew the doors off the Austin Music Awards....The 10-track effort packs existential introspection and heartbreak into cool Americana, fingerpicked folk, and piano ballads in a way that recalls Ryan Adams with hints of Neil Young.” — Kevin Curtin, The Austin Chronicle


"[Charles] immerses himself in folk and Americana as if he and...Altamesa were born to it.... Just as Neil Young ditched the gaudy rock of Crosby, Stills & Nash for the rural gold of Harvest, Charles' Long Ride Home benches rock & roll for a truly memorable troubadour moment." --Alejandra Ramirez, in her 4-star review of The Long Ride Home for The Austin Chronicle


"Charles has the kind of talent that effortlessly crosses boundaries...." -- Laurie Gallardo, KUTX 98.9

2nd on Austin Chronicle critic Alejandra Ramirez's Top Ten Local Albums of 2019 for Idol Frontier

8th on Austin Chronicle critic Raoul Hernandez's Top Ten Local Albums of 2019 for Idol Frontier

25th of Austin Chronicle critic Kevin Curtin's Top 100 Local Albums of 2019 for Idol Frontier

5th on the Austin Chronicle’s 2018 Top Ten Hot Singles In Your Area for “The New West”


Austin 360’s Top Ten EP’s of 2018 for the “From the Idol Frontier” Singles Series


4th on the Austin Chronicle’s 2016 Top Ten Locals You Missed