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Mississippi Son

Charlie Musselwhite

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Though slowly becoming a museum piece—and sadly the province of weekend garage bands—the real blues aren't going away without a fight.  Now that the Delta originators and second generation Chicagans are nearly all gone, players with the vital experience to make the music ring authentic may be rarer, but we've still got Charlie Musselwhite.  A onetime moonshine runner and basement resident of  Chicago's Jazz Record Mart, the Memphis native—now nearing 80—delivers a varied, mostly bare bones set of acoustic blues split between solo performances and those with accompaniment by drummer Rickey "Quicksand" Martin and standup bassist Barry Bays.  Fresh off a pair of much-praised collaboration albums with Ben Harper and Elvin Bishop respectively, Mississippi Son has the extra pedigree of having been recorded in Clarksdale, MS (home of the Delta Blues Museum) and being released on Chicago-based and bluescentric Alligator Records. Early blues from the Mississippi Delta, one of a young Musselwhite's first loves, is heard in a cover of Charley Patton's "Pea Vine Blues." He proves his own Delta chops in "Stingaree," which revisits the eternal blues metaphor of women as bees, singing "Man needs honey/ Gets it when he could/ Sting and always/ Feels so good." Another early blues number, "Crawling King Snake," written by Musselwhite's onetime roommate Big Joe Williams but made famous by John Lee Hooker, gets a fine moody treatment that showcases his playing on acoustic guitar, an instrument that he's learned over time and that has steadily become a larger part of his music. Though initially known for his harmonica, Musselwhite has also grown into a good if laconic singer, one who can stray outside pure blues and convincingly wend his way through a version of Guy Clark's "The Dark." And fortunately, he still has enough wind to blow his harp—though not as loud or fast as in the past—on several numbers including the closer, "A Voice Foretold." The blues have never been a complicated musical form but they do ask a lot emotionally from its genuine practitioners, a demand Musselwhite meets in the liner notes with the only right answer, "My heart is definitely in it." © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Blues Up The River
00:02:34

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

2
Hobo Blues
00:02:11

Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Yank Rachell, Composer, Lyricist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - BMG Bumblebee OBO Leric Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

3
In Your Darkest Hour
00:03:28

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

4
Stingaree
00:02:23

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

5
When The Frisco Left The Shed
00:02:44

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

6
Remembering Big Joe
00:02:59

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

7
The Dark
00:03:05

Guy Clark, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - EMI April Music Inc., MusicPublisher - Major Bob Music, MusicPublisher - Robert Mondlock, Composer, Lyricist - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

8
Pea Vine Blues
00:03:41

Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Charley Patton, Composer, Lyricist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - EMI LONGITUDE MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

9
Crawling King Snake
00:04:10

Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Joe Lee Williams, Composer, Lyricist - Universal Music Corp, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

10
Blues Gave Me A Ride
00:02:21

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

11
My Road Lies In Darkness
00:03:19

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

12
Drifting From Town To Town
00:03:06

Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

13
Rank Strangers
00:02:27

Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Henri Musselwhite, Producer - Albert Brumley, Composer, Lyricist - Bridge Building Music c/o Capitol CMG Publ., MusicPublisher

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

14
A Voice Foretold
00:01:37

LEE BREUER, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Gary Vincent, Producer, Mixer - Boodle Music, MusicPublisher - Otis Lee Music, MusicPublisher - Robert e Telson, Composer, Lyricist - Henri Musselwhite, Producer

2022 Alligator Records, LLC 2022 Alligator Records, LLC

Album Description

Though slowly becoming a museum piece—and sadly the province of weekend garage bands—the real blues aren't going away without a fight.  Now that the Delta originators and second generation Chicagans are nearly all gone, players with the vital experience to make the music ring authentic may be rarer, but we've still got Charlie Musselwhite.  A onetime moonshine runner and basement resident of  Chicago's Jazz Record Mart, the Memphis native—now nearing 80—delivers a varied, mostly bare bones set of acoustic blues split between solo performances and those with accompaniment by drummer Rickey "Quicksand" Martin and standup bassist Barry Bays.  Fresh off a pair of much-praised collaboration albums with Ben Harper and Elvin Bishop respectively, Mississippi Son has the extra pedigree of having been recorded in Clarksdale, MS (home of the Delta Blues Museum) and being released on Chicago-based and bluescentric Alligator Records. Early blues from the Mississippi Delta, one of a young Musselwhite's first loves, is heard in a cover of Charley Patton's "Pea Vine Blues." He proves his own Delta chops in "Stingaree," which revisits the eternal blues metaphor of women as bees, singing "Man needs honey/ Gets it when he could/ Sting and always/ Feels so good." Another early blues number, "Crawling King Snake," written by Musselwhite's onetime roommate Big Joe Williams but made famous by John Lee Hooker, gets a fine moody treatment that showcases his playing on acoustic guitar, an instrument that he's learned over time and that has steadily become a larger part of his music. Though initially known for his harmonica, Musselwhite has also grown into a good if laconic singer, one who can stray outside pure blues and convincingly wend his way through a version of Guy Clark's "The Dark." And fortunately, he still has enough wind to blow his harp—though not as loud or fast as in the past—on several numbers including the closer, "A Voice Foretold." The blues have never been a complicated musical form but they do ask a lot emotionally from its genuine practitioners, a demand Musselwhite meets in the liner notes with the only right answer, "My heart is definitely in it." © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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