Charlie Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite follows blues to Reno with Elvin Bishop

It’s a journey that continues on the recently released “Mississippi Son,” a stripped-down collection of 14 songs featuring the harmonica player singing and picking up a guitar to present a mix of originals and nuggets originally recorded by an array of storied names including Yank Rachell, The Stanley Brothers and Charley Patton. It’s Musselwhite’s first solo outing since moving back to Clarksdale, about a year and a half ago from the tiny Northern California community of Geyserville. (He released “100 Years of the Blues” with old friend Elvin Bishop back in 2020.). Climate change prompted the harp player and his wife/manager Henrietta Musselwhite to pull up stakes and move back to the Delta.
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On The Road With Musician,Charlie Musselwhite

King of the blues, Grammy Award-winning music legend Musselwhite, once hoped to see the world but never imagined doing it as a musician. Now, this multi-award-winning artist has just released Mississippi Son his 40th album and is on the road again. Unlike his former albums featuring his virtuoso harmonica playing and backed by a full electric band, Mississippi Son (Alligator Records) is front porch country blues focusing on Musselwhite’s acoustic and electric guitar playing and straight-from-the-soul vocals (although Musselwhite also plays brilliant every-note-matters harmonica).
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Charlie Musselwhite at Blues From the Top Festival

While he’s been described as a “living legend” and “national treasure” countless times, Charlie Musselwhite would probably prefer to be known as a down-to-earth Delta bluesman. With 40 albums, 14 Blues Music Awards and a couple of Grammys under his belt, the masterful harmonica player, Southern country guitarist, singer and songwriter long ago established himself as a standard-bearer in the genre he likes to call “secular spiritual music.”

Blues Icon Charlie Musselwhite Celebrates New Album with a Live Performance in Winter Park

“Taste, restraint, and power. He’s one of the best, and as a bluesman, he’s as real as they come.”. “Superb, original, and compelling…Charlie Musselwhite, with unabashed excellence, sets the standard for blues.”. –Rolling Stone. Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised, Grammy Award-winning music legend Charlie Musselwhite will celebrate the June 3...

‘Mississipi Son’ Charlie Musselwhite (with guitar!) hits home

A native Mississippian, Charlie Musselwhite soaked up the music and culture of Memphis before diving headfirst into the Chicago blues scene of the 1960s and becoming one of the irrefutable young white bluesmen of the time there. Born early 1944, Musselwhite plays the blues on “Mississippi Son” like a same-year Chevy pickup, all rounded shoulders and paint faded a bit, but powerful and rumbling, carrying the weight with unassuming class. Nine of his new album’s 14 tracks — eight originals and six covers — feature just Musselwhite singing expressively, blowing fragrant gusts of patented harp, and playing agile, engaging guitar — the latter a skill he’s not generally known for.

LISTEN: Charlie Musselwhite, “Rank Strangers”

In Their Words: “As a child growing up in Memphis, I was first attracted to the field holler blues I heard along Cypress Creek in my neighborhood. A few years later led me to the country blues players I heard on guitar in my neighborhood, in downtown Memphis and on Beale Street. And I haven’t stopped being attracted to this style of guitar some call country blues. When I was 13 my dad gave me his old Supertone guitar. I was already fooling around with playing blues on harmonica, but I loved the sound of acoustic blues guitar, too. I clearly remember sitting in my bedroom in my mom’s house and making an E chord on that guitar and then putting my little finger down to turn that E chord into an E7 chord. And when I played that chord with the blue note added and heard that for the first time, something inside me went ‘ahhhhhhhhhhh….’ That ol’ E7 chord grabbed me and I knew I had to have more of THAT!! …

Charlie Musselwhite Releases New Album And Premieres New Video

Mississippi Son, the new Alligator Records album from Mississippi-born, Memphis-raised, Grammy Award-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, was released today, June 3, 2022, on both CD and translucent blue vinyl LP. To celebrate, Musselwhite has released a recently-filmed video of a live solo acoustic performance of his original composition Blues Up The River from the new album. Shot by master videographer Jon R. Luni, the performance is powerful, sublime and deeply moving. Musselwhite calls his blues “secular spiritual music.” It's a sound he’s been perfecting since, as a young teenager, he played his first E7 chord on his Supertone acoustic guitar. Upon hearing and feeling the chord’s blue note, the future blues master thought, “I have to have more of that.”
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ALBUM REVIEW: Charlie Musselwhite Reaffirms His Roots on ‘Mississippi Son’

Charlie Musselwhite must have access to some magic formula unavailable to the rest of us mere mortals. His music is timeless, his voice virtually unchanged since he started putting out music six decades ago. He’s toured and recorded with a stellar array of artists as diverse as Hot Tuna, Cindy Lauper, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper, and Elvin Bishop.

Tuesday : Charlie Musselwhite – Mississippi Son

“Secular spiritual music” is what Charlie calls his work. He’s been crafting it for some 60 years now, and released nearly 40 albums on a variety of labels. Straight up blues for sure, but often mixing in elements of jazz, gospel, Tex-Mex, Cuban and other styles, too. He’s recently moved from Northern California back to Mississippi, and this new one definitely has a strong Clarksdale red-clay feel. “Blues tells the truth in a world that’s full of lies,” the master harmonica player says. The album will be released on Friday, June 3rd.
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Charlie Musselwhite Goes Back to Guitar on Upcoming New Album

Charlie Musselwhite is no less than a legend on harmonica, but he’s no slouch on guitar either, and he’s putting that instrument front and center on his new album, Mississippi Son, his label, Alligator Records, announced today. Musselwhite’s country-blues guitar is featured on every song of the album,...