LABEL: HENRIETTA RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 24, 2013
DISTRIBUTION: ARTIST WEBSITE, CD BABY, ITUNES, AMAZON
“The blues sounded like how I felt growing up. Too many people think of the blues as sad, but I think many of these tunes will immediately dispel that notion, as they are fun, dancing tunes that lift your spirits. I often tell people that the blues is your buddy in good times and your comforter in bad times. It empowers you to keep going,” states bluesman extraordinaire Charlie Musselwhite. “It is secular spiritual music, the gospel blues. It’s music from the heart instead of the head.”
His 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.
The live and kicking Juke Joint Chapel showcases five originals and seven choice covers with a stone groove band of Matt Stubbs (guitar), Mike Phillips (bass) and June Core (drums). The classic Eddie Taylor shuffle “Bad Boy” chugs with grace and attitude as Musselwhite slyly quotes “C.C. Rider” in his opening harp solo, his tone as thick as sweet molasses. His is one of the most recognizable voices in the blues, a true “instrument” he employs effortlessly to great expressiveness. “Roll Your Moneymaker” cruises smoothly as a ’55 Lincoln Continental, the luxury ride only interrupted by dynamic stop-time. Written by crap-shooting Shaky Jake Harris, whom Musselwhite says played harmonica as “another hustle” and modestly admits to “showing him a couple of licks.” Stubbs stands out and is a monster guitarist graciously allotted extensive solo space throughout from a leader who has enjoyed the services of many greats, but will never feel threatened by another instrumentalist. The toe tapping two-beat of Tony Joe White’s “As the Crow Flies” is driven hard by the propulsive and endlessly inventive Stubbs along with Musselwhite, who has observed, “In country music, the singer might say ‘my baby left me and I’m gonna jump off a bridge.’ But in blues, they say ‘my baby left me, and I’m gonna get a new baby’.” “Gone Too Long,” from fellow harmonicist Billy Boy Arnold contains one of his patented syncopated figures and an unstoppable rhythm from the Musselwhite band demanding you can’t sit down.
This Musselwhite set has a Little Walter nugget called “It Ain’t Right,” which almost levitates with buoyant energy. He exuberantly tests the metallurgy of his “Mississippi saxophone” while utilizing his natural blues growl to lecture his baby as Stubbs throws down the gauntlet to other blues guitar heroes. About the original “Strange Land,” Musselwhite states “I went to Chicago when I was 18 and coming from the South, I felt like a stranger in a strange land, not having any idea there was a book with that title.” The menacing, heavy country blues vamp surges below while the harper and picker take the track to an otherworldly place. The autobiographical, thumping shuffle “Blues Overtook Me” finds Musselwhite confessing “The blues overtook me, when I was a little child. You know fast women and whisky, made this poor boy wild…I ain’t complaining!” as his slippery harmonica dramatically ranges from lyrical high notes to a snarly low rumble in an abstract evocation of his life. The exultant boogie of “River Hip Mama” pays homage to his close friend John Lee Hooker, the modern classic being covered numerous times. Saucy lyrics such as “She’s long and tall, she weeps like a willow tree…she caught me in the woods and weeped all over me,” compel the author to comment with amusement how often others get them wrong.
The snappy “Blues Why Do You Worry Me?” lopes with a lilt as Musselwhite’s poetic lyrics confirm his credo with “I learned to smile at trouble, I won’t let it get me down (2x). I’ll keep on keepin’ on ’till the last deal goes down.” A surprising figurative trip to South America produces the irresistible syncopation of “Feel It in Your Heart,” described as “It’s what they call ‘forro’ music in Brazil and is a corruption of the English ‘for all’, because it is the music for everybody. It’s kind of like the blues of Brazil. The blues and the music of Brazil and Cuba are cousins of each other because that’s where European and African music came together and sparked a new music in a new place.” The obscure Prince Conley minor key samba “I’m Going Home” is slick as satin with a booty-shaking beat kept popping by the perpetually locked-in rhythm section of Phillips and Core. Appropriately closing the festivities is the Duke Pearson minor key ballad “Cristo Redentor,” translated as “Christ the Redeemer,” originally inspired by the monumental statue of Jesus overlooking the Rio de Janeiro harbor, and Musselwhite’s signature performance. His audience always clamors to hear it and the enormously moving instrumental affords the harp-meister the opportunity to let flow his bottomless wellspring of soulful expression, combining the emotion of the blues with touching melodies.
Charlie Musselwhite, more than any other harmonica player of his generation, can rightfully lay claim to inheriting the mantle of many of the great harp players that came before him with music as dark as Mississippi mud or as uplifting as the blue skies of California. In an era when the term legendary gets applied to auto-tuned pop stars, this singular blues harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist has earned and deserves to be honored as a true master of American classic vernacular music.
Dave Rubin, KBA recipient in Journalism
7-time GRAMMY Nominee
27-time Blues Music Award Winner
8-time Living Blues Award Winner
Earlier 2013, Ben Harper teamed up with Charlie to record Get Up! Other collaborators include Cyndi Lauper, Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Gov’t Mule, INXS, Mickey Hart, George Thorogood and personal friend and best man at his wedding John Lee Hooker.
2013 Living Blues Awards – Readers Poll named Charlie as Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica).
2012 Blues Music Award Winner for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and for Best Instrumentalist Harmonica. 2011 GRAMMY Nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album – The Well. Featured on Cyndi Lauper’s Memphis Blues, also a2011 GRAMMY nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album.
2011 Blues Music Award Winner for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year! Also nominated for Album of the Year for The Well, Traditional Blues Album of the Year for The Well and Song of the Year for “Sad and Beautiful World.”
2011 Living Blues Awards – Readers’ Poll winner for Most Outstanding Musician award (Harmonica).
In 2011 Charlie was recognized in the DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll in both the Blues Artist category and Blues Album.
2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee.
2009 – Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Honoree. Created by the Mississippi Blues Commission, the Blues Trail is composed of historical markers and interpretive sites located throughout the state. Other artists honored with markers to date include fellow legends B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon.
Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame Honoree. Charlie’s marker was placed outside of BB King‘s Nightclub in Memphis, TN in 2008.
Images of Charlie and cover art @ http://www.blindraccoon.com/page/2542_Artists__Clients.asp?artistid=22&show=images
Charlie wins Living Blues Award and is named Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonic) in the Readers Poll.
Charlie Recognized In DownBeat’s 61st Annual Critics Poll – August 2013 Issue
2013 Living Blues Awards
Charlie has been nominated for awards for Blues Artist of the Year and Most Outstanding Musician.
Charlie has won the Most Outstanding Musician category a total of nine times.
Voting is now open to the public until July 15, 2013. Please vote at livingblues.com.
Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite to Be Featured On AXS TV’s Live Coverage Of 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Backstage at the White House
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite talk about the music known as “Memphis Soul” and give a special acoustic performance at the White House in the hours leading up to the “In Performance: Memphis Soul” event, held on April 9th in the East Room.
4-29-13 – Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper on David Letterman
APRIL 2013: Mavis Staples And Charlie Musselwhite To Perform At White House All-Star Celebration Of Memphis Soul
Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite will perform at TheWhite House for the special music event, “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul”. This performance will celebrate “the timeless classics of Memphis Soul,” honoring the “memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records.” The all-star event will include performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. The event will be taped on April 9 for a sixty-minute PBS special to be broadcast nationwide starting on Tuesday, April 16 at 8pm EST (check local listings). The event will also be available to stream live on whitehouse.gov/live starting at 6:55 PM ET on Tuesday, April 9. This will be the tenth “In Performance at the White House” that The President and First Lady have hosted to date.
Mavis and Charlie have also been invited, along with a few of the other performers, to participate in the First Lady’s student workshop earlier in the day on April 9. The First Lady will host this interactive workshop for middle and high school students from across the country. At this workshop, Mavis and Charlie will have the opportunity to share their experiences in music as well as answer questions from the students. The workshop, “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul”, begins at 11:00am and will also be streamed live onwhitehouse.gov/live.
Mavis Staples will release her new record in June. The new CD sees Mavis working once again with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, following up their previous collaboration on her GRAMMY winning album, You Are Not Alone. Stay tuned for more information about the new CD.
Working with Stax Records today, Charlie Musselwhite recently collaborated on the critically and commercially acclaimed Get Up! with Ben Harper via the legendary label.No Depression declared the CD as, “the first great album of 2013.” The pair have just returned from playing shows in Australia and will continue to perform together on select dates in the US and Europe throughout the summer.
Just announced Charlie Musselwhite to perform at “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul”
“In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” is a PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House, celebrating the timeless classics of Memphis Soul. President and Mrs. Obama will host the event on Tuesday, April 9. The all-star concert will include performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. (Program subject to change.) The sixty-minute television special will honor the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records, that featured artists such as Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more. The evening pays homage to Memphis, a segregated city in the 1960s where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music, a mix of gospel and potent rhythmic grooves — known today as “Memphis Soul.”
“In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” premieres Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).
Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper on the Tavis Smiley show
Broadcast of Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite on NPR’s World Cafe on March 8th 2013
National Public Radio’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on 250 stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station and broadcast time at the following link: http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/schedule/?prgId=39 <http://www.npr.org/templates/stations/schedule/?prgId=39>
FEBRUARY 2013: Charlie Musselwhite Joins Ben Harper On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Tavis Smiley, And DownBeat Magazine Cover Story; Plus Charlie On American Public Media’s The Dinner Party and MusicCares
Charlie Musselwhite performed with Ben Harper on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, February 18, 2013. Charlie and Ben played two songs from their latest collaboration, Get Up!, which was released January 29, 2013. In addition to Charlie and Ben, Kimmel’s guests on the show that night included actor Andy Samberg and comic David Steinberg. Charlie and Ben will also be featured on the February 21st episode of PBS’ Tavis Smiley. For more information and local listings click here.
Charlie himself was featured on The Dinner Party from American Public Media on February 7, 2013. During the show Charlie related a comical account of Blues legends Big Joe Williams and Rosebud artist, the late Muddy Waters, on a turbulent transatlantic flight.
Charlie and Ben were also recently featured on the cover of DownBeat Magazine‘s March 2013 issue. The cover story and interview delves deeply into Charlie and Ben’s musical connection that has allowed them to become, what DownBeat writer Josef Woodard calls, “musical brethren, deep in the cause.” The story also touches on Chicago blues lore and discusses the unique sound of Get Up! that goes beyond, but is simultaneously steeped in, traditional Blues. Get Up! has been receiving rave reviews from news outlets across the country, with a recent Rolling Stone review describing Charlie on Get Up! as “an understated virtuoso able to push past tradition without losing himself.”
Charlie Musselwite was also featured at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in a performance withBen Harper and Natalie Maines(of Dixie Chicks). During his acceptance speech, Springsteen noted that he had opened for Charlie some forty years ago in San Francisco.
Check your local listings for dates and times.
- 03/07/2013 09:00:00 P Thursday (premiere)
- 03/07/2013 12:00:00 A Thursday
- 03/08/2013 04:00:00 P Friday
- 03/10/2013 07:00:00 P Sunday
- 03/11/2013 11:00:00 A Monday
- 03/13/2013 06:30:00 P Wednesday
- 03/15/2013 03:00:00 A Friday
After crossing paths over the years at blues concerts and festivals, harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite and singer-guitarist Ben Harper, who is a generation younger, finally got together to do an album called ‘Get Up!’
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Is the latest video effort from the new Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite CD “GET UP”
Check out “Don’t Look Twice” below.
Charlie Musselwhite Inducted Into The Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame
Charlie Musselwhite was inducted into theMississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame on December 10, 2012. The induction ceremony took place in Jackson, Mississippi in conjunction with the groundbreaking for the new location of the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame Museum (the Mississippi Music Experience). This new location will combine a music venue and a center for the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails with the museum to preserve and celebrate the state’s rich musical heritage. Charlie’s induction into the Hall of Fame joins him with previously inducted blues legends such as Robert Johnson, BB King, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters to name a few.
Charlie’s induction marks a long career of achievements and cultural contributions to the state including aGRAMMY Award win, seven GRAMMY Award nominations,twenty-seven Blues Music Award wins and eight Living Blues Award wins. In the meantime, Charlie continues to deliver new material withGet Up!, his collaboration with Ben Harper, set for a January 29, 2013 release. A brand new video trailer for the album featuring interviews with both Musselwhite and Harper is now available on YouTube. The track “I Don’t Believe A Word You Say” fromGet Up! is currently available for listening on SoundCloud.
BEN HARPER AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE SET SPECIAL ‘GET UP!’ ALBUM RELEASE SHOW JANUARY 29 AT NYC’S IRVING PLAZA: MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
On January 29, 2013, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite will celebrate their “ferocious” (Rolling Stone) Stax Records collaboration ‘Get Up!’ with a special album release show at NYC’s Irving Plaza.
Today, TIME.com premieres a performance of “I Don’t Believe a Word You Say” filmed at Harper’s own Machine Shop studios in LA. The footage comes from “I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!”, the Danny Clinch-directed documentary that’s included in album’s deluxe version. Watch it at TIME.com: http://ti.me/ZDKKKp
“Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over 10 years and now that we’ve gotten to it, I can’t wait to play it live,” Ben says. Harper, who just recently completed a tour of Australia including four sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House, calls ‘Get Up!’ ”the best thing I’ve ever done.” Referring to the chemistry between the legendary blues harmonica master Musselwhite and himself, he said, “I had to earn my way to this chair. I’ll make more records in the future but it will never be as good as this one with Charlie.”
Full show details below. More 2013 tour dates to come.
WHO: Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
WHERE: Irving Plaza (17 Irving Place)
WHEN: Tuesday, January 29
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OCTOBER 2012: Charlie Musselwhite Collaborates with Ben Harper on Forthcoming CD Get Up!
Charlie Musselwhite has teamed up with Ben Harper on the forthcoming studio album Get Up! Produced by Harper, the long time coming collaboration is set for release via Stax Records / Concord Music Group on January 29, 2013.
According to Harper, “Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we’ve gotten to it, I can’t wait to play it live.” Musselwhite and Harper’s musical and personal friendship was forged when they both recorded with the legendary John Lee Hooker, a Rosebud artist until his passing. Commenting on their creative partnership, Musselwhite said that, “Ever since then we wanted to record together and being in the studio together is just natural. You can hear it and feel it in the music on Get Up!”
Charlie’s renowned harmonica playing can be heard throughout Get Up!, which includes a collection of ten striking tracks, mixing elements of blues, gospel, roots and R&B. Charlie and Harper are backed by Harper’s band, Relentless 7, featuring Jason Mozersky (guitar), Jesse Ingalls (bass) and Jordan Richardson (drums).
Also, Charlie’s song, “Natural Born Lover” from his album, Rough News was featured on a recent episode of HBO’s Treme entitled “Me Donkey Want Water.” Charlie is one of the most awarded artists ever by the Blues Foundation with twenty-seven Blues Music Award wins. He is wrapping up 2012 with an extensive touring schedule – hitting Australia at the end of October, then immediately heading to Europe in November. He will also play a select number of dates on the US West Coast before and after his international tour. Catch Charlie live this Fall, see Tour Dates >>
MAY 2012:Charlie Musselwhite Honored with Blues Music Awards
Rosebud artist Charlie Musselwhite,was honored at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 10. Charlie Musselwhite won two awards the following evening for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica, and for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. This marks the second year in a row Charlie has won in both categories, and brings his total of Blues Music Awards to a monumental 27!
Formerly known as the W.C. Handy Awards, the BMAs were staged at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN, by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. The annual event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year.
DECEMBER 2011: Charlie Musselwhite Honored with Nomination
25-time BMA winner Charlie Musselwhite is nominated in 2 categories he won last year: Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year.
NOVEMBER 2011: Charlie Musselwhite Top Blues Matters International Writer’s Poll
Musselwhite‘s latest CD, The Well, received a 2011 Grammy nomination, the 7th overall for Charlie. A 26-time Blues Music Award (BMA) Winner and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Charlie is also featured on Cyndi Lauper‘s latest, Memphis Blues, a 2011 Grammy Nominee as well. Charlie can also be heard on five tracks of the new Tom Waits CD, Bad As Me.
To Memphis, With Love
Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint recently joined Cyndi Lauper on The Rosie Show (hosted by Rosie O’Donnell) which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The trio performed “Shattered Dreams,” the first song from Cyndi’s recently released DVD/CD, To Memphis, With Love. Check out The Rosie Show clip here >>
Charlie and Allen are also both featured guests on Cyndi’s new DVD/CD, recorded at a concert earlier this year in Memphis. It draws on material from Cyndi’s GRAMMY nominated 2010 album Memphis Blues, on which Charlie and Allen are also featured guests. Charlie has been touring extensively as a featured performer in Cyndi’s band.
Catch Charlie and Allen performing individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
NOVEMBER 2011: Rosebud Artists Score DownBeat Readers Poll Honors Once Again
Charlie Musselwhite was once again were honored by fans in this year’s DownBeat magazine Readers Poll (December issue).
Charlie Musselwhite was honored in two categories each. They were all voted among the top Best Blues Artists.
NOVEMBER 2011: Charlie Musselwhite Featured on New Tom Waits Album, Bad As Me
Charlie Musselwhite appears on five tracks on the new Tom Waits CD, Bad As Me, which enters the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #6. In addition to the album’s title track, Charlie appears on “Chicago”, “Raised Right Men”, “Satisfied”, and “Hell Broke Luce.” Charlie first recorded with Waits on his 1999 GRAMMY Award winning Mule Variations (Best Contemporary Folk Album).
Joining Charlie on Bad as Me are other high-profile guests such as guitarist and Waits’ longtime collaborator Marc Ribot, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Clint Maedgen and Ben Jaffe, reed and brass players from New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, also appear on many of the tracks.
A 7-Time GRAMMY Nominee (including a 2011 nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for The Well), Charlie is also a 26-Time Blues Music Award Winner, including 2011 Blues Music Awards for Best Instrumentalist (Harmonica) and for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Charlie’s The Well was also nominated for Album of the Year. In addition, Charlie is featured on Cyndi Lauper‘s 2011 GRAMMY nominated Memphis Blues. DownBeat also chose The Well in their Best CDs of 2010, receiving a 4-star rating.
Catch Charlie playing live on stage. For more details, please see Tour Dates >>
JULY 2011: Rosebud Artists Charlie Musselwhite Honored at 2011 Living Blues Awards
Top honors were awarded to Rosebud artist Charlie Musselwhite at the 18th Annual Living Blues Awards. For the fifth year in a row Charlie won Readers’ Poll Most Outstanding Musician award (Harmonica). Congratulations Mavis, Marcia and Charlie!
JULY 2011: Charlie Musselwhite wasl named in the Blues Artist category. Charlie received an additional nod in the Blues Album category
JULY 2011:Charlie Musselwhite Nominated For 2 Blues Blast Music Awards: Traditional Blues CD of the Year & Song of the Year – PLEASE VOTE
Charlie Musselwhite has been honored with two nominations in the 2011 Blues Blast Music Awards. He’s nominated for both Traditional Blues Recording of the Year for his latest album, The Well, and for Song Of The Year for the title track of the album. You can vote for the winners here until August 31, 2011. The Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine in a ceremony taking place October 27th, 2011 in Chicago.
Charlie was also recently nominated for two Living Blues Awards. He’s up for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) and for Best Blues Album of 2010 (New Recordings) for The Well. Last year Charlie received his eighth Living Blues Award for Outstanding Musician (and his fourth in a row). You can vote for the Living Blues Awards here until July 15, 2011.
Catch Charlie playing live on stage. Upcoming shows include a July European Tour as well as separate dates as a featured member of Cyndi Lauper‘s band.
MAY 2011: Congratulations to Rosebud’s 2011 Blues Music Award Winner: Charlie Musselwhite
Charlie Musselwhite won two awards, for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Charlie is now a 25-time BMA Winner!
FEBRUARY 2011: Charlie Musselwhite Featured on New Album: 100 Years of Robert Johnson by Big Head Blues Club, Out March 1st
Charlie Musselwhite is featured on a new album entitled 100 Years of Robert Johnson, credited to Big Head Blues Club and due out March 1, 2011. The band is comprised of Big Head Todd & the Monsters with guests including, in addition to Charlie and Ruthie, B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin (legendary former Guitarist with Howlin’ Wolf), David “Honeyboy” Edwards (legendary former Johnson collaborator), Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm. The album is produced by Chris Goldsmith, who has produced GRAMMY winning albums for The Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie’s latest GRAMMY nominated album, The Well and Ruthie’s 2010 GRAMMY nominated album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Chris is also a former Rosebud Agent. 100 Years of Robert Johnson is a tribute to the late blues legend, in celebration of the Centennial of his birth, May 8, 1911. According to Chris, “We wanted to go back and get into the soul of Robert Johnson… We wanted to figure out what Johnson’s intent was and to see what kind of music came out of the band after exploring the intent of the lyrics and the emotion of the songs. So we paid attention to the form of the music and to the unique chord structures and time changes he did. I pitched them on the idea of getting in touch with the dark side of Johnson, not the Disneyland version, and maybe working in some African beats and a heavier approach.” Nearly all of the album was recorded at the famed Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN in less than 36 hours. “It flowed beautifully,” Chris said, “Everybody clicked. It was one of the smoothest recording sessions I’ve ever been part of.”
JANUARY 2011: GRAMMY and Multiple Blues Music Award Nominee Charlie Musselwhite Featured on NPR’s World Café and eTown
|Charlie Musselwhite and Cyndi Lauper in Times Square for Good Morning America Taping|
GRAMMY Nominee Charlie Musselwhite was featured on NPR’s World Café Live, premiering January 20, 2011. Click here to find when the show airs in your area. The audio is now available on NPR’s website. Charlie is also featured on the eTown radio show, airing January 19 – January 25. The show can be heard on NPR/public, commercial, and community stations, click here to find one near you. Charlie will be featured both in his own segment and as a featured member of Cyndi Lauper‘s band, a role he performed in throughout Cyndi’s Summer and Fall 2010 tour. Charlie is also on the air hosting his own radio show, Charlie’s Back Room, on KRSH in Santa Rosa, CA, Sundays 6-7pm (PST). Click here to listen to a couple shows from the archive.
Charlie’s latest album, The Well, is nominated for the GRAMMY for Best Traditional Blues Album. Charlie is also featured on Cyndi Lauper‘s GRAMMY nominated Memphis Blues album. In addition, Charlie, a Blues Hall of Famer and 23-time Blues Music Award Winner, is tied for this year’s most Blues Music Award nominations, with 5 nominations: Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year for The Well; Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica; Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Sad and Beautiful World.”
On the Best of 2010 lists, Amazon chose The Well in it’s Top 10 Best Blues CDs of 2010, while the Chicago Tribune picked it in their Top 20 Albums of 2010 and it was voted as one of The House of Blues Radio Hour‘s Top 10 Blues Albums of 2010. Downbeat also chose Charlie’s disc in their Best CDs of 2010, receiving a 4-star rating. In their review of the album (December issue), Downbeat proclaimed: “Musselwhite gives it to us straight on the crown jewel in a discography dating back to the late-’60′s… He’s a wise man dispensing golden truths.”
Charlie’s hitting the road for a late-January to mid-March tour with Hot Tuna Blues: Hot Tuna with Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale. Catch Charlie live on stage, both with Hot Tuna and for his own shows.
DECEMBER 2010: Charlie Musselwhite Leads Blues Music Awards With 5 Nominations, Two Noms For Duke Robillard, Plus Dr. John, Irma Thomas, John Hammond and Ruthie Foster Nominations
We are proud to announce that Rosebud Artists have been honored with 11-plus nominations for the 2011 Blues Music Awards. Blues Hall of Famer and 23-time BMA Winner Charlie Musselwhite ties for most nominations of any artist with 5 nominations including Album of the Year and Traditional Blues Album of the Year for The Well; Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica; Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Sad and Beautiful World.”
DECEMBER 2010: Rosebud Artists Score Grammy Nominations
Related nominations include Cyndi Lauper‘s Memphis Blues (featuring Rosebud’s Charlie Musselwhite )
AUGUST 2010: Charlie Musselwhite’s The Well Featured on B.B. King’s Bluesville (Sirius/XM) August 24
Charlie Musselwhite was featured on B.B. King’s Bluesville (Sirius/XM) August 24th discussing each song and the making of the his new album, The Well (out the same day). This is the first full-band recording in Charlie’s nearly 50-year career for which he wrote or co-wrote every track on the album. One song features a duet with Charlie’s close friend and fellow Rosebud artist, the legendary Mavis Staples. Check out tracks from the album here.
Charlie recently won the 2010 Living Blues Readers Poll Award for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica). This is the fourth year in a row that he has been honored with this award and it is his eighth Living Blues Award to date. Charlie has been performing in concert with Cyndi Lauper around the country this Summer. He is a featured guest on Cyndi’s new album of blues cover songs, Memphis Blues. Charlie will also be touring extensively on his own this Fall.
JULY 2010: Charlie Musselwhite Honored with 2010 Living Blues Awards
Charlie Musselwhite has been honored with 2010 Living Blues Awards. Charlie was awarded Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica). This is the fourth year in a row Charlie has received this award and it is his eighth overall Living Blues Award for Outstanding Musician. Congratulations to all the winners!
JULY 2010: Charlie Musselwhite’s New Album The Well Out August 24, 2010
Charlie Musselwhite will release his new album The Well (Alligator Records) on August 24, 2010. This is the first full-band recording in Charlie’s nearly 50-year career for which he wrote or co-wrote every track on the album. Joining Charlie are guitarist Dave Gonzales (Paladins, Hacienda Brothers), bassist John Bazz (The Blasters), drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples) and producer Chris Goldsmith (Ruthie Foster, Blind Boys Of Alabama), a former agent at Rosebud. One song features a duet with Charlie’s close friend and fellow Rosebud artist, the legendary Mavis Staples.
A 2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and 23-time Blues Music Award Winner, Charlie will be performing in concert with Cyndi Lauper and her band this Summer around the country. He is a featured guest on Cyndi’s new album of blues cover songs, Memphis Blues. Charlie will also be touring extensively on his own, please see Tour Dates >>
MAY 2010: Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint Guest On New Cyndi Lauper Album,
Charlie To Join Cyndi On Tour
Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint are both featured guests on the new Cyndi Lauper album, Memphis Blues, to be released June 22, 2010. Charlie is featured on two songs and Allen is featured on three songs, one of which also features B.B. King. Recorded in Memphis, this collection of blues cover songs also features appearances by Kenny Brown, Jonny Lang and Ann Peebles.
Charlie will also be performing in concert with Cyndi and her band on 17 select dates this Summer around the country. Charlie was just inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame on May 5. He will also be joining the Blind Boys of Alabama Family Revival at New York’s Lincoln Center for one night in July and all this is in addition to his own extensive touring. Allen will also be performing throughout the summer in North America and Europe. Catch both Charlie and Allen live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
MAY 2010: Charlie Musselwhite Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and more
MARCH 2010: Charlie Musselwhite To Be Inducted Into Blues Hall of Fame
Charlie just returned from performing in Thailand at the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival and in late March he will embark on a Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway, Charlie will return stateside to perform in the Northwest in late April. Catch Charlie live on stage.
AUGUST 2009: Charlie Musselwhite Winnes Again in 2009 Living Blues Awards
Charlie Musselwhite was recently honored with two 2009 Living Blues Awards. Charlie was awarded Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) in both the Readers’ Poll and the Critics’Poll. This is the third year in a row both Marcia and Charlie have been awarded Most Outstanding Musician in the Readers’ Poll. Congratulations Marcia and Charlie!
JULY 2009: Charlie Musselwhite and Duke Robillard CDs Selected As Best Blues Albums Of 2009 (so far) By About.com:Blues
Charlie Musselwhite‘s Rough Dried: Live At The Triple Door and Duke Robillard‘s Stomp! The Blues Tonight have been chosen as the Best Blues Albums Of 2009 (so far) by About.com:Blues. Of the ten CDs selected, Charlie’s is listed #1, while Duke’s is #3. Charlie has recently been nominated for the upcoming Living Blues Awards as Most Outstanding Musician – Harmonica, a category he has won the past two years. In addition to media acclaim for Duke’s Stomp! The Blues Tonight, he has just released an instructional DVD, Guitar Method Volume 1, a master class in playing blues guitar, which includes lessons for choosing chord voicings, experimenting with boogie and other rhythms, using a variety of picking techniques, his favorite turnarounds for playing the blues, demonstrating sliding sixth chords, tips on playing rhythm guitar to back a blues solo and more.
Charlie’s renowned harmonica playing can be heard throughout Get Up!, which includes a collection of ten striking tracks, mixing elements of blues, gospel, roots and R&B. Charlie and Harper are backed by Harper’s band, Relentless 7, featuring Jason Mozersky (guitar), Jesse Ingalls (bass) and Jordan Richardson (drums).According to Harper, “Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we’ve gotten to it, I can’t wait to play it live.” Musselwhite and Harper’s musical and personal friendship was forged when they both recorded with the legendary John Lee Hooker, a Rosebud artist until his passing. Commenting on their creative partnership, Musselwhite said that, “Ever since then we wanted to record together and being in the studio together is just natural. You can hear it and feel it in the music on Get Up!”
Also, Charlie’s song, “Natural Born Lover” from his album, Rough News was featured on a recent episode of HBO’s Treme entitled “Me Donkey Want Water.”
Charlie is one of the most awarded artists ever by the Blues Foundation with twenty-seven Blues Music Award wins. He is wrapping up 2012 with an extensive touring schedule – hitting Australia at the end of October, then immediately heading to Europe in November. He will also play a select number of dates on the US West Coast before and after his international tour.