Friday, April 03, 2009
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Charlie Musselwhite
Album:The Harmonica According To Charlie Musselwhite
Along with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite was a big part of the 60s blues revival and exposing the blues to a wider audience. He was born Jan. 31, 1944 in Kosciusko, MS and grew up in Memphis. He moved to Chicago in the early 60s and started playing clubs sitting in with Big Joe Williams & John Lee Hooker. The success of the Butterfield band led to Musselwhite releasing his debut album Stand Back! on Vanguard in 1966. This led to a move to San Francisco and he's been part of the music scene there ever since. Hard Times is from the 1978 album The Harmonica According To Charlie Musselwhite featuring sax player David "Fathead" Newman. It was originally released on Stefan Grossman's Kicking Mule label and released on CD by Blind Pig in 1994. Musselwhite overcame alcoholism in 1987 and this led to a career resurgence when he signed with Alligator in 1990. He's also recorded for Virgin & Telarc and continues to be an in demand session player. His latest CD Rough Dried: Live At The Triple Door was released last year on his own Henrietta label. Charlie Musselwhite is a very entertaining musician so be sure to check him out. Here's Charlie Musselwhite performing Hear Me Talkin' at some blues festival in the 90s.