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CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE

Charlie Musselwhite, voc & hca
Matt Stubbs, g
Randy Bermudes, b
June Core, dr

Charlie Musselwhite was born in Mississippi and grew up in Memphis. Teenaged Charlie often saw Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash cruising the hot spots around town. Charlie lost no time in developing skills for which he himself became legendary - learning to drink deep, comb his hair "right", and to play the hell out of both harp and guitar. When Charlie migrated north to Chicago, he met everybody including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Little and Big Walter. The kings and giants of Chicago blues accepted him into the clubs and even onstage; he became an adopted "son" and his considerable talents were further honed. Forming his own band, Charlie released his 1966 Vanguard debut, "Stand Back!" Now considered a classic recording, this album achieved immediate underground success and established Charlie as a blues force in his own right. The album's triumph took Charlie out to California. Able for the first time to completely devote himself to music, leaving the "day jobs" far behind, he became a regular player in the San Francisco music scene. Charlie's body of work comprises over 25 albums of his own, and he has contributed to countless others, including Mick Jagger, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and even INXS, among many others. He was the long time compared and musical partner to his friend John Lee Hooker; in addition to using Charlie's harp playing on several of his albums, John Lee was also best man when Charlie married Henrietta. Their deep and abiding friendship lasted until John Lee's death. With countless W.C. Handy awards to his credit, Grammy nominations and one win as well as his induction into the “Blues Hall Of Fame”, Charlie is firmly entrenched in musical history. Charlie's version of the blues ventures far beyond conventional honky-tonk. Charlie himself is simply interested in sound - as he puts it, "music from the heart": international, cross-cultural, modern and classic, those sounds and tones that have feeling.

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