Together, they’ll discuss blues as a way of life, the Bay Area versus Chicago music scenes, Musselwhite’s brief early career as a moonshine runner, his role in the new movie Killers of the Flower Moon, what it’s like to work with Cyndi Lauper, his upcoming shows at the Freight & Salvage — December 30 and 31st!— as well as playing tracks from his musical career, now spanning 50 years!
Charlie Musselwhite is renowned worldwide as a master harmonica player, a seasoned, truth-telling vocalist and an original songwriter rooted deep within the blues tradition. He doesn’t just sing and play the blues; he is, in every sense of the word, a bluesman.
Growing up, he not only learned the music first-hand from many of the genre’s most influential artists, he also absorbed the lifestyle. “It’s an attitude,” Musselwhite says of playing the blues. “A way of living life.” Musselwhite’s life story reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite has never stopped creating trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues.
As many of Musselwhite’s fans know, he is also a country blues guitarist of great depth, warmth and subtlety. On his latest Grammy-nominated Alligator Records release, Mississippi Son, Musselwhite’s straight-from-the-soul vocals and deep blues harmonica playing are the perfect foil to his deceptively simple, hypnotic guitar work.