“The White Stripes meets the Carpenters,” said Jesi Di, when asked what style her indie folk-rock group Charley & Jesi intends to be. While this is the oeuvre to which the Glendale resident and her bandmate Charley Hinchcliffe aspire, their latest release is closer to Hootie & the Blowfish meets Peter, Paul & Mary.
But no matter the influence, it’s apparent that the couple enjoys the time recording together.
Di and Hinchcliffe first met in 2008 at an open-mic performance in Oceanside. They hit it off and have been writing and performing together ever since. The pair traveled the country playing acoustic sets everywhere from New York to Texas and the deep South, California and Hawaii. Scheduling short recording sessions at different studios along the way, Di and Hinchcliffe put together the tracks for their first release, “Raw” (available on iTunes). “Raw” was just that: an unvarnished collection of acoustic numbers featuring the duo’s signature professional songwriting, outstanding guitar playing and lovely harmonies.