Recorded in 1971 and 1974. "The 14 performances on Memphis Charlie include some loose live sides and even a taste of slide guitar from Musselwhite. They're the work of a more mature artist than the brash kid on Stand Back." ~ All Music Guide
Two early-1970s albums compressed on a six-inch disc, Takin' My Time and Coin Back Down South, are a sheaf of benchmark harmonica solos, heartfelt vocals, and fine electric ensemble work trussed up in uncluttered songs…
The Well is twenty seventh studio album by American blues singer and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite. It was released in August 2010. It was his first release on Alligator Records label since 1993 album In My Time. In the title song he credits Jessica McClure's ordeal as a child trapped in a well for over 58 hours in 1987 for inspiring him to quit drinking, stating.
The addition of jazz pianist Skip Rose gave a new dimension to the ensemble sound, and provided a perfect foil to Charlie's own soloing – especially on the re-take of "Cristo Redentor," extended to 11 minutes, shifting to double-time in spots. Rose's instrumental, "A Nice Day for Something," is a welcome change of pace, and Musselwhite's "Blue Feeling Today" compares favorably to fine covers of Little Walter and Fenton Robinson tunes.
Stax Deluxe CD+DVD-Edition! 6-plated green packaging with 24-page booklet This album is a dream come true for both artists. Ever since meeting for the first time many years ago, they had the idea of recording together. But due to scheduling conflicts, no recording dates could be set. Finally, it all worked out well, and what a great album this is! Backed by Harper’s band, Harper and Musselwhite are sounding fantastic. The music’s new, innovative, powerful, deep, passionate with great lyrics and perfectly performed. My favorite for winning the best blues album of the year award. This edition comes with a 38 minute bonus DVD including three live cuts, a.o. Ben Harper – voc/gtr/slide gtr, Charlie Musselwhite – hca, Jason Mozersky – gtr, Jesse Ingalls – kbds/bass, Jordan Richardson – drums.
Sanctuary is the twenty third studio album by American singer and harpist Charlie Musselwhite. It was released in 2004 on Peter Gabriel's Real World label, Musselwhite's debut release on this label. The album features two other American artists who have released on Real World: all male vocal gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama, and folk blues guitarist Ben Harper…
Signature is a typically engaging release from Charlie Musselwhite. The harpist runs through a set of modern blues, complete with jazz and funk overtones – indeed, there are two straight jazz instrumentals, "Catwalk" and "What's New?," which showcase his astonishing technique. Not only is Musselwhite in fine form, his band is tight, soulful, and sympathetic, making Signature a worthwhile listen for most blues fans.
Drummer/label head Pat Ford reunited with Charlie Musselwhite and brought along brother Robben Ford on guitar, producing this return to form. Musselwhite is up to the task in all departments – singing, playing (great tone), and especially songwriting (the title tune and "Seemed Like the Whole World Was Crying," inspired by Muddy Waters' death) – but it had been a while since Robben Ford had played low-down blues (touring with Joni Mitchell, putting in countless hours in L.A. studios), and it may have been wiser to give the guitar chair to Tim Kaihatsu, who by this time had seniority in terms of hours on the bandstand with Musselwhite, above any other Musselwhite alumnus. Pianist Clay Cotton is in fine form. This time out, the deviations (to be expected by now) include Don & Dewey's "Stretching Out," an impressive chromatic harp rendering of "Exodus," and Musselwhite's solo guitar outing, "Baby-O." Easily Musselwhite's best-engineered album yet (nice job, Greg Goodwin).
This may be an 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.
"I Ain't Lyin'…" is all Charlie - original tunes penned by this Grammy winning master that resonate with the South itself - rising from the Mississippi, crossing the levy, dancing through the streets and cutting to the heart of all that matters. Charlie Musselwhite’s journey through the blues was literal from his birth in Mississippi to Memphis, Chicago and California. Arriving in Chicago in the early sixties, he was just in time for the epochal blues revival. In 1966 at the age of 22 he recorded the landmark Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite’s Southside Band to rave reviews. A precipitous relocation to San Francisco in 1967, where his album was being played on underground radio, found him welcomed into the counterculture scene around the Fillmore West as an authentic purveyor of the real deal blues. More than 20 albums later he is at the top of his game, a revered elder statesman of the blues nowhere near ready to hang up his harp belt, his depth of expression as a singer and an instrumentalist unexcelled and only getting deeper…