Charlie Mertens

Telluride native, Charles Parker Mertens is a multi-genre bassist, cellist, and producer. He currently performs with Rapidgrass and Tiesto in addition to The Bluegrass Journeymen. Charlie has performed with Thievery Corporation, Les Nubians, and Cyril Neville and can be seen playing with Swing Fiddle Champion Katie Glassman, as well as Tony Furtado, Fox St. Allstars, Analog Son, and many, many more. Charles loves to try and be authentic and aware of cultural nuance in any style that he is playing. Learn more at

It's all about the journey...

“In high school I was forced to play the upright bass, and now this instrument has taken me all over the world. It’s my love of music, studies in India, and passion for adventure that led me to The Bluegrass Journeymen.” – Charles “Charlie” Parker Mertens