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6.12.09

Charlie Musselwhite




Charlie Musselwhite - Rough Dried: Live At The Triple Door - 2008 - Henrietta

Charlie Musselwhite was born on January 31, 1944, in Kosciusko, Mississippi. As a boy he moved to Memphis with his musical family, and in the early 1960s, went to Chicago, where he played with everyone from John Lee Hooker to Mike Bloomfield. Recorded live at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA, May 20, 2007, "Rough Driedi" is a terrific album. Charlie and his band expertly play a mix of twelve houserockin', scorched-earth, and slow blues tunes to an appreciative audience. Buy his "Delta Hardware" album, and listen to his superb "Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's Southside Band" album.

TRACKS

1. River Hip Mama
2. If I Should Have Bad Luck
3. Strange Land
4. Rough Dried Woman - Magic Slim
5. Blues Overtook Me
6. Feel It In Your Heart
7. Wild Wild Woman - Johnny Young
8. She May Be Your Woman
9. Long Lean Lanky Mama
10. Movin' and Groovin'
11. Drop Down Baby
12. Cristo Redentor - Duke Pearson

All songs composed by Charlie Musselwhite, except where stated

BAND

Charlie Musselwhite - vocals, harmonica
Kid Andersen - guitar
Rnady Bermudes - bass
June Core - drums



BIO

Harmonica wizard Norton Buffalo can recollect a leaner time when his record collection had been whittled down to only the bare essentials: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's South Side Band. Butterfield and Musselwhite will probably be forever linked as the two most interesting, and arguably the most important, products of the "white blues movement" of the mid- to late '60s — not only because they were near the forefront chronologically, but because they each stand out as being especially faithful to the style. Each certainly earned the respect of his legendary mentors. No less than the late Big Joe Williams said, "Charlie Musselwhite is one of the greatest living harp players of country blues. He is right up there with Sonny Boy Williamson, and he's been my harp player ever since Sonny Boy got killed." It's interesting that Williams specifies "country" blues, because, even though he made his mark leading electric bands in Chicago and San Francisco, Musselwhite began playing blues with people he'd read about in Samuel Charters' Country Blues — Memphis greats like Furry Lewis, Will Shade, and Gus Cannon. It was these rural roots that set him apart from Butterfield, and decades later Musselwhite began incorporating his first instrument, guitar. Born in Kosciusko, MS, in 1944, Musselwhite's family moved north to Memphis, where he went to high school. Musselwhite migrated north in search of the near-mythical $3.00-an-hour job (the same lure that set innumerable youngsters on the same route), and became a familiar face at blues haunts like Pepper's, Turner's, and Theresa's, sitting in with and sometimes playing alongside harmonica lords such as Little Walter, Shakey Horton, Good Rockin' Charles, Carey Bell, Big John Wrencher, and even Sonny Boy Williamson. Before recording his first album, Musselwhite appeared on LPs by Tracy Nelson and John Hammond and dueted (as Memphis Charlie) with Shakey Horton on Vanguard's Chicago/The Blues/Today series. When his aforementioned debut LP became a standard on San Francisco's underground radio, Musselwhite played the Fillmore Auditorium and never returned to the Windy City. Leading bands that featured greats like guitarists Harvey Mandel, Freddie Roulette, Luther Tucker, Louis Myers, Robben Ford, Fenton Robinson, and Junior Watson, Musselwhite played steadily in Bay Area bars and mounted somewhat low-profile national tours. It wasn't until the late '80s, when he conquered a career-long drinking problem, that Musselwhite began touring worldwide to rave notices. He became busier than ever and continued releasing records to critical acclaim. His two releases on Virgin, Rough News in 1997 and Continental Drifter in 2000, found Musselwhite mixing elements of jazz, gospel, Tex-Mex, and acoustic Delta blues. After signing with Telarc Blues in 2002, he continued exploring his musical roots by releasing One Night in America. The disc exposed Musselwhite's interest in country music with a cover version of the Johnny Cash classic "Big River," and featured guest appearances by Kelly Willis and Marty Stuart. Sanctuary, released in 2004, was Musselwhite's first record for Real World. © Dan Forte & Al Campbell, http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=CHARLIEMUSSELWHITE&sql=11:fifuxq95ld0e~T1

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,
there seems to be a problem with the links.
I get a message "uploading" for at least 3 days.
One more thing. Please use mirrors for all files - hotfile sucks

thanks!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, Anonymous. Thanks for letting me know. Album wil be re-upped within 2 days

gkapageridis said...

This file is suspected to contain illegal content and has been blocked. Can you please post it once more to mefaupload maybe?
Thanks anyway for all you efforts. Charlie is a living blues legend for sure.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,gkapageridis. Rapidshare is almost a waste of time, now.

Try
http://rapidshare.com/files/212302270/Charlie_Musselwhite_-_Live_at_the_Triple_Door.rar

and if you've any problems, please get back to me. Thanks