Stand Back It’s Charlie Musselwhite On the Move

Blues-harp player and bandleader, Charlie Musselwhite is on the move. Booking tour itineraries that would wear out performers half his age, what he will be traveling in the next two months will surely earn him bonus points as a high mileage flyer. Returning to play a three stop tour in California after playing the Phuket International Blues Rock Festival , Phuket, Thailand, 2/27/2010, he will play a private event, San Francisco CA, 3/16/2010; Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA, 3/19/2010; Sonoma Academy Fundraiser, Santa Rosa CA, 3/20/2010, before he will again jet off to Europe to play seventeen dates in Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and Germany, from March 26 through April 14.

His European engagements will take him to: Moonwalker Music Club, Aarburg Switzerland, 3/26/2010; Blues Festival Basel, Basel Switzerland, 3/27/2010; Reign, Vienna Austria, 3/29/2010; Blues Garage, Hannover Germany, 3/30/2010; Landhaus, Hamburg Germany, 3/31/2010; Steinbruch, Kaiserkeller Germany, 4/1/2010; KHL, Amsterdam The Netherlands, 4/2/2010; Ridderkerk BN, Ridderkerk The Netherlands, 4/3/2010; Gouden Leeuw, Dongen The Netherlands, 4/4/2010; PSK Studio, Brussels Belgium, 4/6/2010; Musiktheater Rex, Bensheim Germany, 4/7/2010; Moves2Blues, Hasselt Belgium, 4/8/2010; De Zwerver, Leffinge Belgium, 4/9/2010; Mojo, Copenhagen Denmark, 4/11/2010; Ostkantenbluesklub, Oslo Norway, 4/12/2010; Ovenpaa, Stavanger Norway, 4/13/2010; Sandnes Brygge, Sandnes Norway, 4/14/2010. Before he returns again to play Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA, 4/23/2010.

An avid traveler, he loves to investigate all music “with feeling / music from the heart, ” he finds inspiration in diverse cultural experience. He and his band go wherever the gigs are including China, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Brazil. Charlie finds that these journeys allow him, “to get beneath the surface of the place,” and reinforce his belief in music’s universality. No matter that they were half a world away from the American stages that gave birth to the genre, he remembers hearing, “people playing blues in their own way, their own version.” Like some Jungian archetype, he calls this a global “music of lament from the heart,” with, “different takes,” from country to country.

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Once Charlie returns stateside he will balance his time between playing the Pacific northwest and the mid-west and southern states closest to where he was born and partly raised. At least until June. He will be playing: Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA, 4/23/2010; The Triple Door, Seattle WA, 4/24/2010; Paul deLay Scholarship Benefit Concert, Portland OR, 4/25/2010; Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs AR, 6/4/2010; Mariposa MicroBrews & Blues Festival, Mariposa CA, 6/6/2010; Old Rock House, St. Louis MO, 6/11/2010; Gladstone Blues Festival, Gladstone MO, 6/12/2010; Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago IL, 6/13/2010; Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, Laytonville CA, 6/25/2010; Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, Laytonville CA, 6/26/2010

Charlie Musselwhite’s remarkable career During the course of the remarkable career that followed, Musselwhite has collected a treasure trove of awards and accolades, including 18 W.C. Handy trophies, and six Grammy nominations. Amazon.com named Delta Hardware the best blues album of 2006. Musselwhite has also been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Monterey Blues Festival, the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a prestigious Brass Note plaque on Memphis’ Beale Street (prominently placed outside B.B. King’s Club). The latest in this list is the Mississippi Trail Marker on the square of his birthplace, Kosciusko Mississippi.

Charlie Musselwhite’s remarkable career has netted him a treasure trove of awards and accolades including: 18 W.C. Handy trophies; six Grammy nominations. He has also been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Monterey Blues Festival, the Mississippi Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a prestigious Brass Note plaque on Memphis’ Beale Street (prominently placed outside B.B. King’s Club).Amazon.com named Delta Hardware, his 2006 release, “the Best Blues Album of 2006.” The latest in this list is the Mississippi Trail Marker on the square of his birthplace, Kosciusko Mississippi.

But it’s the thrill and challenge of engaging an audience that fuels his artistry. “It’s about the feeling, and connecting with people,” he explains, “And blues, if it’s real blues, is loaded with feeling.” Charlie continues that, “it ain’t about technique either, it’s about truth, connecting to the truth and communicating with people.”
 
Charlie Musselwhite Tour Dates
2/27/2010 Phuket International Blues Rock Festival, Phuket Thailand
3/16/2010 Private Event, San Francisco CA
3/19/2010 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA
3/20/2010 Sonoma Academy Fundraiser, Santa Rosa CA
3/26/2010 Moonwalker Music Club, Aarburg Switzerland
3/27/2010 Blues Festival Basel, Basel Switzerland
3/29/2010 Reign, Vienna Austria
3/30/2010 Blues Garage, Hannover Germany
3/31/2010 Landhaus, Hamburg Germany
4/1/2010 Steinbruch, Kaiserkeller Germany
4/2/2010 KHL, Amsterdam The Netherlands
4/3/2010 Ridderkerk BN, Ridderkerk The Netherlands
4/4/2010 Gouden Leeuw, Dongen The Netherlands
4/6/2010 PSK Studio, Brussels Belgium
4/7/2010 Musiktheater Rex, Bensheim Germany
4/8/2010 Moves2Blues, Hasselt Belgium
4/9/2010 De Zwerver, Leffinge Belgium
4/11/2010 Mojo, Copenhagen Denmark
4/12/2010 Ostkantenbluesklub, Oslo Norway
4/13/2010 Ovenpaa, Stavanger Norway
4/14/2010 Sandnes Brygge, Sandnes Norway
4/23/2010 Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA
4/24/2010 The Triple Door, Seattle WA
4/25/2010 Paul deLay Scholarship Benefit Concert, Portland OR
6/4/2010 Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs AR
6/6/2010 Mariposa MicroBrews & Blues Festival, Mariposa CA
6/11/2010 Old Rock House, St. Louis MO
6/12/2010 Gladstone Blues Festival, Gladstone MO
6/13/2010 Chicago Blues Festival, Chicago IL
6/25/2010 Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, Laytonville CA
6/26/2010 Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, Laytonville CA

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