Charlie Musselwhite’s journey through the blues was literally 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.
Charlie has been collaborating with the world’s finest Artist for many years, including Ben Harper, 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.
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, & now his exploring Australian music routes in Australia
“Whether you see him live or listen to him on record, one thing is evident. In a day when so many musicians play blues from a narrow perspective, the risky musical outlook of Charlie Musselwhite always broadens the musical scope.” Blues Music Magazine
Charlie Musselwhite BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
2019 GRAMMY Nominee with Ben Harper
2015 GRAMMY Nominee JUKE JOINT CHAPEL
2014 GRAMMY Winner with Ben Harper GET UP
11-time GRAMMY Nominee
27-time Blues Music Award Winner
8-time Living Blues Award Winner
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 a 2011 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).
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.
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