Charlie Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite was born in Mississippi in 1944. He moved to Memphis at an early age, immersing himself in the city's diverse musical culture. He befriended several of Memphis' legendary traditional bluesmen, including guitarist Furry Lewis, Will Shade and the surviving members of the Memphis Jug Band. It wasn't long before Charlie began sitting in with his more experienced friends, and establishing a name for himself.

When Charlie was 18, he moved to Chicago, where he discovered the smoky blues clubs on the city's South and West sides and sat in with legends like Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He also worked as a bandmember with Big Joe Williams, J.B. Hutto, Big Walter Horton, Johnny Young, Robert Nighthawk and Floyd Jones. "These guys inspired me," Charlie said. "They gave me an incentive to find my own sound." He struggled to make ends meet while expanding his musical knowledge.

In the mid-sixties, Charlie joined Paul Butterfield, playing for an audience of young rock fans who were drawn to their high-energy blues. In 1966, Charlie signed with Vanguard and recorded the classic album "Stand Back". It, along with releases in the late '60s and early '70s, established Charlie as a worldwide touring talent. As one critic wrote at the time, "Charlie Musselwhite is the natural born heir to carry the torch for the big city blues tradition."

After recording three releases for Vanguard, Charlie moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives today. He recorded his Blue Rock'It album "Where Have All The Good Times Gone?" in 1992. He has recorded with The Ford Blues Band, Robben Ford, and Michael Osborn on the Blue Rock'It label, and continues to record and perform regularly. He remembers all of those rough and tumble years that, he says, "toughened me up", performing at South Side clubs for a dollar or two. "My feet would be wet from walking in the snow," he recalls. "I had great big holes in my shoes and I remember that really well...once you've been there you don't forget." Charlie Musselwhite has never forgotten the blues, and it is this that makes him a true blues legend.

Blue Rock'It Releases:


Where Have All The Good Times Gone

Performs On:


The Blue Rock'It Sampler!

Got Harp If You Want It

Ford Blues Band
Fords & Friends

Robben Ford
The Blues Collection

Michael Osborn
A Case For The Blues

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