Me Back to St. Petersburg"
Born & raised in the Tampa, St. Petersburg area, Charlie Souza
played music from the very beginning. Playing in his first rock
and roll band "The Tropics", he couldn't know then that
he would end up in Hollywood with Tom Petty! While living in California,
on January 17th, 1994, the big 7.1 Northridge earthquake's epicenter
was just 8 miles from home in Studio City! With the building falling
down around him, Charlie really thought he was breathing his last
breath, but by the grace of God, survived the quake, only to be
driven to tears later that week by several 4.5 & 5.1 aftershocks!
During that time, Charlie's only thought was to come home to the
safety and comfort of the white sandy beaches he'd known as a young
boy, here in Tampa/St. Petersburg. Out of that deep emotion came
the song "Carry Me Back to Saint Petersburg" which was
performed live on the main stage in Vinoy Park when Charlie and
his band opened the show for Mountain. The New Tropics made their
debut at Ribfest 2003's Classic Rock Concert. A homecoming celebration
in his dream of being home again and realizing that this beautiful
area, Tampa/St.Pete, is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
- not only for him, but for all who live here and enjoy the gift
of sunshine and blue skies, all those boats out on the water, and
our beautiful white sandy beaches!
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