Union sound treaty


If you were to get lost one night, take a few wrong turns, and find yourself outside some small Appalachian town saloon, encircled by steep ridges and dark hollers, there’s a good chance you’ll hear the band, Union Sound Treaty playing from within. What might give them away are the haunting stories, whine of a pedal steel, crack of banjo strings, or the touching songs the seem shaped by the very landscape and the people who live there. Made distinctly unique by the powerful time-weathered voice of singer/songwriter Charles Wesley Godwin, bass with vintage taste by bassist Shawn Wilhelm, pedal steel & banjo by Charles’ lifelong friend Nathan Colombo, guitar riffs by the West Virginia legend Owen Schmitt and the steady methodical rhythm provided by drummer Ross Justice, Union Sound Treaty stands apart in a music world saturated by thousands of hopeful artists and bands all trying to “hit it big.”


Union Sound Treaty is based out of Morgantown, West Virginia. Outsiders may not exactly view it as the most ideal location for a band to base its music career out of. However, it does allow the boys to exist on an island of creativity, remain close to their roots, and play out…A LOT. Union Sound Treaty was founded in the later part of 2015. Charles had searched for months at regional open-mics and songwriter nights to find like-minded musicians who had aspirations of playing original songs for a living. Thanks to a mutual friend, Charles was able to cross paths with Shawn Wilhelm. They soon hatched a plan of starting the group that would eventually become Union Sound Treaty. Charles grew up with Ross Justice and Nathan Colombo, the three spoke often about music. The boys soon began playing all across Appalachia and beyond. In the summer of 2017 the band found itself short of a lead guitar player. The guys turned to long time friend and venue owner, Owen Schmitt. The five continue to keep their nose on the grindstone, playing shows and creating new material for future projects.


Union Sound Treaty fell upon great fortune in March of 2016 when they were given the opportunity to go to Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN to begin work on what would become their debut album, Next Year. In the same room where Chris Stapleton’s, Traveler was tracked, the boys of Union Sound Treaty tracked the foundations of what would become an impressive debut. “With Next Year you also feel like you’re listening to a record of a band that is only going to continue to get better, and you’ll be listening to them and Charles Godwin for years to come. These guys have a bead on what really resonates in country music with listeners.”- Saving Country Music


The boys of Union Sound Treaty take their audiences for an intense ride of hopeful highs and low down blues with their blend of country, americana, folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues sound. Show goers can rest assured they won’t be hearing any of the ear numbing clichés so often reused and reworded. Instead, audiences may find themselves in the shoes of some well intentioned yet desperate criminal on the run, A hard working Appalachian giving up on the world to go find solace at the bottom of a glass on a Mexican beach, or a musician having a bit of fun hearted humility realizing a lingerie fashion show is not the stereotypical “first gig” for most beginning young artists.


Union Sound Treaty is certainly not vanishing into the abyss of bands that once were any time soon. The boys were honored to have Next Year grace the list of  “Saving Country Music’s Most Essential Albums List For 2016”







Vocals, Guitar | Charles Wesley Godwin

Guitar | Owen Schmitt

Bass | Shawn Wilhelm

Drums | Ross Justice

Pedal Steel & Banjo | Nathan Colombo


Next year Tour



Next Year

by Union Sound Treaty