Charlie Musselwhite

The blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite is a legend in the world of bluesmen and joins a small cadre of white blues artists who rose to prominence in the 1960s. Allegedly, Musselwhite was the inspiration behind the Elwood Blues character played by actor and comedian Dan Ackroyd in the 1980 John Landis film 'The Blues Brothers'. Although he was born in Misissippi, Musselwhite spent his formative years in Memphis, Tennessee after his family moved there when he was three years old. As a young man he became an economic migrant moving north to Chicago in search of a well paid factory job, a route chosen by many southern bluesmen. Whilst in Chicago, Musselwhite became immersed in the city's famous blues culture, formed his own band and befriended many blues legends of the era including Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter. After signing to Vanguard Records Musselwhite released his debut album 'Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's Southside Band', a critically acclaimed album which launched his career and was seen at the time as an important bridge between rock & roll and blues. The artist has gone on to become one of Americas's most highly regarded blues harmonica players and his playing has been featured on countless rock, pop and blues albums.

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