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He's A Barber, He's A Musician, He's an Inolian By Martha Brock Editor Inola Independent: Faron Ray Charles. The name sounds like an artist and Faron is one. He is an artist that works on the human head. Not a sculptor, not a surgeon, not a psychiatrist but a barber. In addition Faron, of Faron's Barber Shop at 316 W. Commericial, is a musician. Not full time. He says he is retired. "I just play for my friends, maybe a wedding, maybe a funeral". Faron plays an instrument that goes by many names, the fiddle, guitar, the violin or even the mandolin, also he sings. He says he often sings while he is cutting hair. "You won't get a serenade at just any shop he laughed". Faron, eight years in his own business, has a shop that appeals to cattlemen, farmers, ranchers, hunters or anyone who likes that kind of life. The walls are lined with trophies from a large range of hunting expeditions. There are deer, pheasants, elk and even a wild boar. Don't ask him about the wild pig, he will tell you he shot it himself in Jenks. Not a word of truth in it. The music and cutting hair must be a good combination. His shop is always busy. "The least I have ever cut in the 23 years I have been cutting hair was six heads. "That was on a snowy day." The most was 46 in one day and Faron says he was tired when he finished the last head. He has cut hair for all generations, from six weeks old to 100 years. His customers enjoy the opportunity to make music while they wait. Western Swing, Gospel, Country/Western and some Bluegrass. When the moment is right sweet notes fill the shop. Faron has been playing and singing since...well since before he can remember. "I'm a preacher's kid, so I guess I first sang in church". Faron's music and his barbering have gone hand in hand. He began his barber career 23 years ago with his father Don Charles. It was Don's Barbershop in Claremore. Along with meeting a lot of good men Faron met musicians from such famous bands as the Texas Playboys,The Greens, and Gold City. Faron cut Leon McCauliffe's, ("Take it away Leon") hair on a regular basis and played in the band, The New Cimmeron Boys, with him. Eldon Shamblin, a rhythm guitarist, named the worlds greatest rhythm guitarist in the rock magazine Rolling Stones, was no stranger, along with Glenn Rhees, Bob Will's sax player. Playing music has been Faron's joy. He has organized several bands on his own. Faron noted The New Cimmeron Boys, played a Sweetheart Dance in Inola. His brother Shane is no stranger to music either and played with him in a band called "Oh Brother". He is still playing on a professional basis. That was before the movie "Oh Brother", laughed Faron. He made his mark with a gospel band Westwind. That band made the national charts with the single "Life's Too Short". In some localities it went to #1, he said. Music was a big part of their family life. At one time Faron branched out to the Country/Western crowd. He Played with the Kountry Kuzzins in Grove, a Branson type setting. In another season of his career he played at Precious Moments in Carthage ,Missouri. Faron has been cutting hair in Inola for the past eight years. He came here by way of Claremore, from Stilwell, where he was born. He spent his summers in Stilwell and Westville, but then he went to Rogers State College where he majored in the Rogers State music classes. It was there he first got acquainted with the Texas Playboys. His muisc can be enjoyed on "My Space, Face Book And You Tube". "Music has been my heart, I have been fortunate to have had the companionship and the opportunity to barber some famous people and to know a lot of really good people, "he said".
- Faron's BarbershopBarber, presentThis shop is a one of a kind. Mounts, Saddles, Indian Artifacts, and Barbershop Memorobilia. You can view the shop on youtube under Faron's Barbershop. Faron is a Master Barber and 1/4 Cherokee. Come see the shop, it is almost a national landmark!
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I am a Master Barber, Spiritual Counselor, Cherokee Activist, and Profesional Entertainer!
High school, college, community plays & musicals.Played at Oklahoma's State FFA Convention. Performed on the Oklahoma Opry, which lead to T.V. Performance on Oklahoma Country Music Live. Tulsa's prestigious nightclub Ziegfields. Played for Governor of Oklahoma. First Band Hard Country. Attended Hank Thompson's School of Country Music, at Rogers State College. Played with The Texas Playboy's. Joined The Baker Brothers Band. Performed regularly on Oklahoma Swingin' Country T.V., and KNGX, a live radio show. Was in Branson based band Ozark Country Express. Gospel group Westwind, which had a nationally charted single "Life's Too Short". Two years at Kountry Kuzins' Jamboree in Grove Ok. Formed band Tribe. Had band Oh Brother, with my brother Shane Charles. A season at Precious Moments in Carthage Mo. Joined gospel award winning Gayla Earlene's Pure Country Show. Played rhythm and sang harmony, in my brother Shane Charles' band. Ran for Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, but withdrew due to jurisdictional boundaries. Built Faron's Barbershop in 2001. Became Cherokee Activist, and spiritual counselor. Married to the Honorable Mayor Cheryl Charles of Inola Ok. Daughter Ashley Perkins & two grandsons, Jackson & Easton. Focus is on preserving Cherokee heritage, and working with current Tribal Council members.
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