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100 Years Of Blues

Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite

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The 100 Years of Blues of the title refers to the combined service of Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite, a fact that's fudged just a little. Bishop and Musselwhite both started playing blues in the early 1960s, which would give them well over 100 years of music when added together, but 120 Years of Blues doesn't quite have the same ring as 100 Years of Blues. All that time can be felt in the bones of this 2020 album, one that has its origins in Bishop's 2017 Big Fun Trio album. The pair felt a spark, so they decided to head on the road in 2019 supported by nothing more than pianist/guitarist Bob Welsh, a tour that spilled into the studio for 2020's 100 Years of Blues. The three musicians are occasionally accompanied by Kid Andersen here, but he, along with Welsh, feel like tasteful accents to Bishop's growling guitar and Musselwhite's lonesome harp. Given this title, it's no surprise that the duo don't broaden their vistas outside of the blues, but their earthy chemistry gives this record a considerable kick. The pair also make the wise decision to nod at the modern world, acting like cheerful cranks on "Old School" and offering a pointed political barb on "What the Hell?," where Bishop sings "He is the president but wants to be the king/You know what I like about the guy? Not a goddamn thing." These moments add some levity to 100 Years of Blues, but the whole affair is a really good time, a record where its casual nature carries some weight, since it's a profound joy to hear two heavyweights relax into a deep groove.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Birds Of A Feather
00:03:21

Elvin Bishop, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Crabshaw Music, MusicPublisher - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

2
West Helena Blues
00:04:51

Elvin Bishop, MainArtist - Roosevelt Sykes, Composer, Lyricist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - BMG Bumblebee OBO Leric Music, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

3
What The Hell?
00:03:06

Elvin Bishop, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Crabshaw Music, MusicPublisher - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

4
Good Times
00:03:45

Elvin Bishop, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, Lyricist, MainArtist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - Charlie Muselwhite, Composer - Eyeball Music obo Charlie Musselwhite and Chris Goldsmith, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

5
Old School
00:04:58

Elvin Bishop, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Crabshaw Music, MusicPublisher - Jojo Russo, Composer, Lyricist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - Willie Jordan, Composer, Lyricist - Jojo Russo Music, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

6
If I Should Have Bad Luck
00:04:01

Elvin Bishop, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, Lyricist, MainArtist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - Charlie Muselwhite, Composer - Musselwhite Music, BMI, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

7
Midnight Hour Blues
00:04:12

Elvin Bishop, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Leroy Carr, Composer, Lyricist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - Universal Music obo Wabash Music, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

8
Blues, Why Do You Worry Me?
00:04:03

Elvin Bishop, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, Lyricist, MainArtist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - Charlie Muselwhite, Composer - Musselwhite Music, BMI, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

9
South Side Slide
00:03:13

Elvin Bishop, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - Crabshaw Music, MusicPublisher - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

10
Blues For Yesterday
00:05:53

Elvin Bishop, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, Lyricist, MainArtist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - Charlie Muselwhite, Composer - Musselwhite Music, BMI, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

11
Help Me
00:05:15

Elvin Bishop, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, MainArtist - WILLIE DIXON, Composer, Lyricist - Sonny Boy Williamson, Composer, Lyricist - RALPH BASS, Composer, Lyricist - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer - BMG Platinum obo Arc Music, MusicPublisher

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

12
100 Years Of Blues
00:05:11

Elvin Bishop, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Charlie Musselwhite, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Crabshaw Music, MusicPublisher - Musselwhite Music, MusicPublisher - Kid Andersen, Producer, Mixer

2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. 2020 Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc.

Album Description

The 100 Years of Blues of the title refers to the combined service of Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite, a fact that's fudged just a little. Bishop and Musselwhite both started playing blues in the early 1960s, which would give them well over 100 years of music when added together, but 120 Years of Blues doesn't quite have the same ring as 100 Years of Blues. All that time can be felt in the bones of this 2020 album, one that has its origins in Bishop's 2017 Big Fun Trio album. The pair felt a spark, so they decided to head on the road in 2019 supported by nothing more than pianist/guitarist Bob Welsh, a tour that spilled into the studio for 2020's 100 Years of Blues. The three musicians are occasionally accompanied by Kid Andersen here, but he, along with Welsh, feel like tasteful accents to Bishop's growling guitar and Musselwhite's lonesome harp. Given this title, it's no surprise that the duo don't broaden their vistas outside of the blues, but their earthy chemistry gives this record a considerable kick. The pair also make the wise decision to nod at the modern world, acting like cheerful cranks on "Old School" and offering a pointed political barb on "What the Hell?," where Bishop sings "He is the president but wants to be the king/You know what I like about the guy? Not a goddamn thing." These moments add some levity to 100 Years of Blues, but the whole affair is a really good time, a record where its casual nature carries some weight, since it's a profound joy to hear two heavyweights relax into a deep groove.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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