Charlie Richard Woodburn (Born August 1 1972 in Gainesville, Texas) is a session drummer in Los Angeles, California.
Charlie first started drumming at the age of 10 years old. He started out on a tiny “disco beat” drum kit, then moved on to a real drumset at 15. Woodburn played in jazz band, marching band, and orchestra (and rock bands after school) all through out junior high and high school. Playing in high school jazz band while still in junior high was the first indication of serious devotion to the instrument.
In 1992, Charlie moved to Austin, Texas. He became part of the music scene quickly by joining the experimental rock band Furry Things (Trance Syndicate Records). Woodburn spent most of the 90’s touring and recording with the band.
In 1997, Charlie moved to Los Angeles CA to record what would be the last Furry Things record, the Brad Laner/ Ken Gibson produced album Moments Away. Soon after, the band broke up. FT’s bassist Cathy Shive suggested Charlie pursue a career in session drumming and that is what he did.
From the late 90’s to the present Charlie has played with many artists. Live one-off fill in gigs, tours, studio albums and demo’s. He has worked with Artichoke, Sara Radle, Meredith Meyer, Magic Wands, Brandon McCulloch, Sam Boxleitner, Sharon Temple, Scott Watson, Bell Gardens, Mark Burgess (Chameleons), Pretty Vicious, Ari Shine, Shiloe, The Digs, The Vines, Sara Melson, Pete McLeod, [a]pendics.shuffle and many more.
Mostly working in the pop/rock/alternative genre Charlie’s drumming style is a combination of groove oriented beats and precise fills. Always playing for the song, he incorporates percussive elements and electronics when needed to add to the music. His influences are wide ranging from John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones to Devo’s Alan Meyers.