Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper are musicians with wildly different backgrounds but a unifying love of the blues. Charlie was there at the birth of rock and roll. Ben grew up immersed in music while his family ran a landmark music store. They tell Marc how their shared interests led to their musical collaboration and their new joint album. Plus, Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E from the band Eels, returns to the show after a five-year hiatus to talk about Garry Shandling, Tom Petty, becoming a parent, and the new Eels album. This episode is sponsored by Archer: Danger Island on FXX and SimpliSafe.
My guest this wee is harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. Charlie has been one of the most loved and respected harp players from his early days in the clubs of Memphis and Chicago to his extensive solo recording career and his incredible sideman history playing on albums for Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker and so many more. We talked about his playing style, influences, growing up in Memphis, and some of the highlights of a long and incredible career in music. Enjoy my conversation with Charlie Musselwhite and please subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes!
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. The harmonica master, also a respected singer and songwriter in his own right, has won countless awards during his legendary career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and collaborated with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin� Wolf, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper, just to name to name a few. His latest 'I Ain't Lyin' is all Charlie � original tunes penned by this Grammy winning master that resonate with the South itself � rising from the Mississippi, crossing the levy, dancing through the streets and cutting to the heart of all that matters.
GILL LANDRY is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana. After cutting his musical teeth busking in New Orleans and chewing up half of America, he started writing songs about it; interpreting life from the curb up. Gill's self titled third album is his first on the ATO label, but he is not new to the family. He's played guitar, banjo, pedal steal, and been a contributing songwriter in Old Crow Medicine Show since 2004. Although Gill's music is influenced by some of the same sources as Old Crow, from Dylan to old delta blues songsters, his music is very much his own.
WoodSongs Kid: Erin Coburn is a 13-year-old blues musician from Florence, Kentucky.
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