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CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE


BIO: Born into a blue collar family in Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 31, 1944 and raised by a single mother, Musselwhite grew up surrounded by blues, hillbilly and gospel music on the radio and outside his front door. His family moved to Memphis, where, as a teenager, he worked as a ditch digger, concrete layer and moonshine runner. Fascinated by the blues, Musselwhite began playing guitar and harmonica. It wasn’t easy growing up a poor, white boy in Memphis, even among the rich musical influences the city offered. He felt like an outcast and a stranger (themes that have informed, inspired and haunted his music to this day). As a teen, Musselwhite attended parties hosted by Elvis Presley and hobnobbed with many of the local musicians, including Johnny Cash and Johnny Burnette, but the celebrities young Charlie sought out were Memphis’ veteran bluesmen like Furry Lewis, Will Shade and Gus Cannon.

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Park City Song Summit Tickets Now On-Sale Photo Park City Song Summit Tickets Now On-Sale
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 15, 2021

Musical performance and Lab conversations with: Adia Victoria, Amanda Shires, Andrew Bird & Jimbo Mathus, Cedric Burnside, Celisse, Devon Gilfillian, Fred Armisen, Iron & Wine....
2021 Blues Music Award Winners Announced By The Blues Foundation Photo 2021 Blues Music Award Winners Announced By The Blues Foundation
by Stephi Wild - June 06, 2021

The irrepressible spirit of the blues was on full display during The Blues Foundation's 42nd Blues Music Awards (BMAs) presented by Global Electronic Technology when winners across twenty-five (25) categories were announced. ...
Joe Bonamassa to Host Second Annual Stream-A-Thon This Sunday Photo Joe Bonamassa to Host Second Annual Stream-A-Thon This Sunday
by Sarah Jae Leiber - April 14, 2021

This spectacular display of musicianship is presented by Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation and will raise money to support the music community through their Fueling Musicians Program....
Blues Guitar Phenom KIRK FLETCHER Releases Powerful New Video Photo Blues Guitar Phenom KIRK FLETCHER Releases Powerful New Video
by Sarah Jae Leiber - September 02, 2020

Fresh from the warm reception of “No Place To Go,” the first single to be released from his brand new studio album, My Blues Pathway, Kirk Fletcher returns with another deeply soulful track that wears its passionate heart on its sleeve....
Joe Bonamassa's 2020 Mediterranean Sailing of 'Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea' Postpo Photo Joe Bonamassa's 2020 Mediterranean Sailing of 'Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea' Postponed to 2021
by Kaitlin Milligan - May 13, 2020

Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa, in conjunction with partners Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation and Sixthman have postponed Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II into next year....
Legendary Belly Up Tavern Announces 'SharkBelly' Festival Photo Legendary Belly Up Tavern Announces 'SharkBelly' Festival
by Kaitlin Milligan - May 05, 2020

The red-eyed, twenty-foot paper mache shark that lives above the bar at Solana Beach's famous Belly Up nightclub has been witness to countless jaw-dropping live shows in this intimate, 600 capacity live music venue—and the shark misses concerts just as much as the rest of us who are now sheltering-i...
Joe Bonamassa Announces 7th Annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Photo Joe Bonamassa Announces 7th Annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea
by Kaitlin Milligan - February 20, 2020

Two-time GRAMMY Award nominee Joe Bonamassa will once again partner with Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation and Sixthman for the seventh annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea VII, sailing March 8-12, 2021 on the beautiful Norwegian Pearl from Miami, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Fans are encouraged...
The BB King Blues Band & The BB King Estate Have Joined Forces Photo The BB King Blues Band & The BB King Estate Have Joined Forces
by Sarah Jae Leiber - February 11, 2020

The B.B. King Blues Band are thrilled to announce their new partnership with The B.B. King Estate. This joint venture now finds the two forces working together to bring the world The B.B. King Experience, the band's new working name. In addition to the upcoming world tour (dates listed below), the s...
Frank Black and Iggy Pop Celebrate Mose Allison, Out Nov. 29 Photo Frank Black and Iggy Pop Celebrate Mose Allison, Out Nov. 29
by Abigail Charpentier - November 11, 2019

Today, on Mose Allison's birthday, Fat Possum Records releases two newly-recorded Allison tracks from IF YOU'RE GOING TO  THE CITY:  A Tribute To Mose Allison, out November 29. Pixies vocalist Frank Black has recorded 'Numbers on Paper,' while punk icon Iggy Pop puts his spin on the title track. IF ...
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS Celebrate New Release in New York Photo RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS Celebrate New Release in New York
by Sarah Jae Leiber - October 24, 2019

Award-winning San Francisco Bay-area blues band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will celebrate the release of their new Alligator Records album, Contemporary , with a live performance on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at The Iridium in New York. With Estrin's harmonica virtuosity and sly soulful vocals, Chri...
Blues Group GA-20 Shares New Video From Their New LP 'Lonely Soul' Out Oct. 18 Photo Blues Group GA-20 Shares New Video From Their New LP 'Lonely Soul' Out Oct. 18
by Sarah Jae Leiber - September 18, 2019

GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late '50s and early '60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooke...
Third Man Unveils ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 Deluxe Edition Photo Third Man Unveils ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 Deluxe Edition
by Kaitlin Milligan - July 31, 2019

Third Man Records has revealed the details for the deluxe edition of the ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969, a 50th anniversary celebration collecting 24 previously unheard songs by blues legends out this Friday, August 2, 2019....
Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) Releases Song Featured on WINDOWS OF THE WORLD So Photo Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) Releases Song Featured on WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Soundtrack
by Tori Hartshorn - July 18, 2019

Today, Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) released a new version of his song 'New York, New York.' The track is taken from the Windows On The World Soundtrack, which will be released on August 2nd via Ropeadope. Windows On The World is a new film written by Robert Mailer Anderson and directed by Mi...
'Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969' Will Feature Previous Unheard Live Recordings From Va Photo 'Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969' Will Feature Previous Unheard Live Recordings From Various Blues Legends
by Abigail Charpentier - July 10, 2019

Third Man Records is excited to announce the release of ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969, a 50th anniversary celebration collecting 24 previously unheard songs by such blues legends as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thorn...
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by Kaitlin Milligan - July 10, 2019

On August 2nd, Ropeadope will release the soundtrack for Windows On The World, a new film written by Robert Mailer Anderson and directed by Michael D. Olmos. The album is an expansive mix of genres ranging from americana to R&B, electronic, a spoken word track from Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets) a...
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by Kaitlin Milligan - June 27, 2019

It's the eighth year that the Memphis Music Hall of Fame honors the city's world-changing musical legends and, in doing so, The Hall announced eight new Inductees. The 2019 class, which will bring the current Memphis Music Hall of Fame roster to 84 members, was unveiled today at a press conference h...
Steve Miller Announces Spring 2019 Tour Dates Photo Steve Miller Announces Spring 2019 Tour Dates
by Kaitlin Milligan - January 14, 2019

Coming off an extraordinary 2018, Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is looking forward to his Spring 2019 tour. Beginning March 12 in Clearwater, FL at Ruth Eckerd Hall and culminating in Southaven, MS at Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove on March 24, all performances will be an Evening ...
Cyndi Lauper Announces 8th Annual Home for the Holidays Benefit Concert with Bebe Rex Photo Cyndi Lauper Announces 8th Annual Home for the Holidays Benefit Concert with Bebe Rexha, Regina Spektor and More
by Kaitlin Milligan - October 16, 2018

Cyndi Lauper – the Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning icon and advocate – has announced the lineup for her 8th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert, presented by Marriott International. The star-studded event will take place December 8th at New York City's Beacon Theatre. ...
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Announce Memphis Show at the Orpheum; Tickets on Sal Photo Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Announce Memphis Show at the Orpheum; Tickets on Sale Friday, June 1
by Macon Prickett - May 29, 2018

GRAMMY-Award winning, multiplatinum-selling artists BEN HARPER and CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE will play the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday, September 11 at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale Friday June 1 at 10am and will be available for purchase online at the official Orpheum Theatre website, www.orpheum-memphis.c...
Steve Miller Band Announces Spring 2018 Canadian Tour Dates with Peter Frampton Photo Steve Miller Band Announces Spring 2018 Canadian Tour Dates with Peter Frampton
by Tori Hartshorn - December 11, 2017

Coming off an extraordinary 2017, Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is excited to announce his Spring 2018 tour of Canada. He will also be playing an additional two dates in the upper American Midwest. The full itinerary is below with more dates to be added soon....
Steve Miller Band Announces Spring 2018 Canadian Tour Dates w/Peter Frampton Photo Steve Miller Band Announces Spring 2018 Canadian Tour Dates w/Peter Frampton
by Caryn Robbins - December 11, 2017

Coming off an extraordinary 2017, Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is excited to announce his Spring 2018 tour of Canada. He will also be playing an additional two dates in the upper American Midwest. The full itinerary is below with more dates to be added soon....
Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan & Charlie Musselwhite Return to The Blues Triangle Photo Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan & Charlie Musselwhite Return to The Blues Triangle
by Caryn Robbins - October 20, 2017

Jazz at Lincoln Center's 30th anniversary celebratory events include an exploration of the blues led by authorities on the blues tradition....
Big Head Todd and the Monsters Announce U.S. Tour Dates Photo Big Head Todd and the Monsters Announce U.S. Tour Dates
by Caryn Robbins - October 03, 2017

Colorado band Big Head Todd and the Monsters are set to tour the U.S. throughout the fall/winter in support of their forthcoming eleventh studio album, New World Arisin', due November 3 on their own Big Records imprint. See below for a complete list of dates....
Big Head Todd and the Monsters LP 'New World Arisin' out 11/3 on Big Records
by BWW News Desk - August 23, 2017

Colorado band Big Head Todd and the Monsters are set to release their eleventh studio album, New World Arisin' on November 3 on their Big Records imprint....
Memphis Soul and R&B Revue Comes to the Center for the Arts
by A.A. Cristi - August 11, 2017

This live concert journey through the soul of American music with artists featured in the documentary film Take Me to the River comes to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu on Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m....