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Charlie MUSSELWHITE – The Blues Never Die 1994

Posted in BLUES, Charlie MUSSELWHITE on December 7, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Charlie MUSSELWHITE – The Blues Never Die 1994


This may be a fairly solid overview of Musselwhite’s career (from the late ’60s to the present — with some previously unreleased tracks, including the title cut), but it is not the best introduction to the artist. For that, his Vanguard ’60s output is still recommended, along with the 1984 session on Blue Rock’it and Alligator’s In My Time. Fine stuff, though.
By Dan Forte.
This is a fantastic album. Charlie Muslewhite played the very best blues harp then and still does. I saw him last month in Modesto and he still rocks and brought the house down just like he did in the late 60″s at the Filmore west. Any one who likes the rockin blues should love this to have it.
By Patricia Mccarty.
01. Tenessee Woman  3:43
02. Stingaree  2:55
03. Arkansas Boogie  5:02
04. Temperature  3:10
05. Done Somebody Wrong  2:39
06. River Hip Mama  4:13
07. Help Me  3:26
08. Juke  4:19
09. Taylor, Arkansas  2:44
10. I Don’t Play, I’ll Be Your Man Some Day  3:15
11. Finger Lickin’ Good  3:55
12. Blue Feeling Today  4:59
13. Crazy For My Baby  2:53
14. I’m A Stranger  4:52
15. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright  2:33
16. Too Hot To Touch  4:44
17. Blues Got Me Again  5:20
18. The Blues Never Die  3:10
19. After While  3:13
20. Trouble For Everybody  2:57
21. Christo Redentor  3:20

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Charlie MUSSELWHITE – The Well 2010

Posted in BLUES, Charlie MUSSELWHITE on November 28, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Charlie MUSSELWHITE – The Well 2010


Charlie Musselwhite will release The Well on August 24, his first new album since being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in May, joining a crowded day for premier blues releases.  Ronnie Earl’s Spread The Love and Duke Robillard’s Passport To The Blues will also be released the same day.

The 13-track set will be released on Alligator Records and marks his first studio recording since his Blues Music Award-winning Album Of The Year Delta Hardware in 2007.

In addition to his familiar role as vocalist and harmonica master, he contributes guitar on two of the albums tracks.  Musselwhite also wrote 12 of the 13 tracks on the album, sharing a writing credit with Zoe Wood on “Dig The Pain.”  The liner notes he wrote for the record suggest The Well might be among the most personal projects of his career.  “Dig The Pain” and “The Well” both reference his struggle with alcoholism and the events in his life that helped lead him to 22 years of sobriety.  “Cook County Blue” recalls one of the times he was arrested in Chicago and was sentenced to jail time.  Mavis Staples provides backing vocals on “Sad And Beautiful World,” a song inspired by his mother’s 2005 murder in Memphis.

The Well is deeper than those deep troubles and hurts with songs like “Where Hwy 61 Runs” and “Clarksdale Getaway” recalling fondly Musselwhite’s youth in the Delta and “Sonny Payne Special,” dedicated to his longtime friend and famous DJ of the venerable King Biscuit radio show.

I didn’t think March 17 could be topped for blues releases with new records from Nick Moss, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Cash Box Kings, Matthew Stubbs, and Peter Karp & Sue Foley all being released that day.  Musselwhite, Earl, and Robillard are three stout names.  2010 is shaping up to be an epic year for the blues and expensive one for me.  I need to start saving now.  There’s still time for someone else to get in on August 24.
By Josh Hathaway.
A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs

Musselwhite is the only musician who can boast knowing Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, befriending and playing with ever major bluesman including Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Williams (with whom Charlie lived for a spell), and Tom Waits (if you consider Waits a bluesman. We do). He’s jammed with countless rock ‘n’ roll stars at The Fillmore West back in the day, and is among the most recognizable, original and iconic bluesmen working today.

The Well is the first album in Charlie’s long career where he wrote every song on the the record. And each song is a story from the richly detailed life that Charlie continues to live. This is by far Charlie’s most deeply personal release. “Dig The Pain” recalls his drinking days, while “The Well” tells of his recovery. In “Cook County Blues,” he wryly remembers his short stint behind bars. The most poignant song on the album, “Sad And Beautiful World”–a duet with Charlie’s close friend, legendary vocalist Mavis Staples–is his response to the tragic murder of his 93-year-old mother in her own home (and the house Charlie grew up in) during a burglary. In the liner notes to the CD he offers some very personal insights into the meaning behind the songs. Musselwhite’s conversational vocals and masterful harmonica work are perfectly matched with the stories he tells and the near-telepathic musicianship behind him. Simply put, The Well is Charlie Musselwhite at his very best.
Charlie Musselwhite has done pretty well with the blues harp for a white kid from the Mississippi Hill Country. For about a half a century now, he’s been blowing the harp, and for almost that long he’s been regarded as one of the best.

He blows sweet and hard, and his blues work is virtually unchallenged. Now he’s taken another step and put his songwriting talents to work on an album with a very personal touch.

Musselwhite’s new CD, “The Well,’ is out today, and it remarks his return to Alligator Records, where he released three very fine albums in the early ’90s. It’s also the first album that Charlie has written by himself except for one song, which he co-wrote.

It’s one of those songwriter’s albums, where the theme of the music is the songwriter himself – an autobiographical songbook the kind that can easily go wrong if it’s either too shallow or too deep. But Charlie does it just right, exploring his past and the feelings behind it.

But this isn’t just music written to ease a troubled mind. It’s music that gently moves the soul along, swinging with feeling and the easy power of Charlie’s liquid harp runs. The music here a beautiful lesson in understatement.

The songs explore drinking and not drinking, personal pain and personal redemption. The liner notes flesh out his thoughts and offer some insight into each track. Probably the most poignant lyric, and one of the most rhythmic numbers, comes in a duet with Mavis Staples on “Sad and Beautiful World,” an ode to Musselwhite’s mother, who was killed at age 93 in their family home during a burglary

This is a very fine album not tough and screaming blues but a kinder, gentler version that’s still filled with passion, intelligence and great music.
John Bazz- Bass (Electric), Bass (Upright)
Dave Gonzales- Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Hodges- Percussion, Drums
Charlie Musselwhite- Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Mavis Staples- Vocals
01. Rambler’s Blues 3:45
02. Dig the Pain (Musselwhite, Zoe Wood) 2:23
03. The Well 3:18
04. Where Hwy 61 Runs 4:24
05. Sad and Beautiful World 3:39
06. Sonny Payne Special 2:22
07. Good Times 3:28
08. Just You, Just Blues 3:59
09. Cadillac Women 4:08
10. Hoodoo Queen 4:09
11. Clarksdale Getaway 4:13
12. Cook County Blues 3:38
13. Sorcerer’s Dream 4:10

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