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Charlie Musselwhite

Blues Harmonica Legend

Charlie Musselwhite – A Living Legend of the Blues

7-Time Grammy Nominee

27-Time Blues Music Award Winner

8-Time Living Blues Award Winner

2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee

Charlie Musselwhite is one of the great harmonica players of his generation, and is one of the most celebrated bluesmen alive. A solo artist since 1966, Musselwhite has released 28 records and has been a high-profile guest artist on albums by Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Cyndi Lauper, Gov’t Mule, INXS, Mickey Hart, George Thorogood and personal friend and best man at his wedding John Lee Hooker.

Born in Mississippi, Musselwhite grew up in Memphis, where he first got a taste for electric blues. Upon moving to Chicago, he took a number of odd jobs that put him in close proximity of the clubs and bars of the South side. It was here that he met people like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and others that would help him shape his sound. Upon releasing his debut album on Elektra Records in 1966, he took the opportunity to relocate to San Francisco. As one of few bluesmen in a city teeming with different sounds, Musselwhite’s acclaim grew, as did his touring schedule.

Signing with Alligator Records in 1990 revitalized Musselwhite’s career, as did an appearance in the Blues Brothers 2000 film. Charlie reportedly was the original inspiration behind Dan Aykroyd’s character, and he joined B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr. John and Jack DeJohnette in the band for the second film. Musselwhite’s latest recording, Get Up!, is a collaboration with Ben Harper.

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