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  'Cornbread'By Cornbread

{2005 | Alligator Records}
Deluxe Edition is his "greatest hits" collection an added unreleased tune Lotsa Poppa.
Blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite was born in the Mississippi hill country in 1944, he grew up poor in Memphis. Sound familiar?

To summarize, this CD is phenomenal! Stop whatever it is you are doing, turn the car around, go to the music store now and get this CD. - Cornbread

The Crew:

Charlie Musselwhite - Vocals, Harmonica & Guitar (4, 11, 14)
Guitar: Andrew Jones, Jr. (1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10,13); Mike "Junior" Watson (5,12)
Piano: Gene Taylor (5,12)
Bass: Artis Joyce (1,2,3,6,8,9,10,13); Felton Crews (7); Larry Taylor (5,12)
Drums: Tommy Hill (1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10,13); Steven Hodges (5,12)
Vocals: The Blind Boys Of Alabama (4); Will Shade (14)
Horns: (9) Art Baron, Trombone; Lenny Pickett, Tenor and Baritone Saxes;
Lou Soloff, Trumpet

The Songs:

1. River Hip Mama (4:08) - listen to this track and ya' know this CD is gonna be killer. An excellent, excellent song.

2. Mean Ole Frisco (3:46) - kind of a country shuffle.

3. Blues Got Me Again
(4:25) - a slow electric blues song.

4. Bedside Of A Neighbor (2:22) - a combination of delta and gospel.

5. When It Rains It Pours (4:18) - dominant piano bass, slow masterful harp blowin'.

6. Lotsa Poppa (3:16) - this is more a rockabilly tune.

7. Movin' And Groovin' (5:46) - another rockabilly song with a great long harmonica intro and mighty fine upright bass playin'.

8. .38 Special (8:26) - eight minutes of harmonica bliss, down and dirty bluesy vocals, could you ask for more???

9. Mama Long Legs (5:32) - big band swing feel to it with the horn accompaniment.

10. The Blues Overtook Me (4:41) - Chicago electric blues with a harmonica solo that wails.

11. My Road Lies In Darkness (2:42) - Musselwhites own version of Delta blues, he's playing acoustic on this song.

12. If I Should Have Bad Luck (4:48) - a true blue piano blues tune with deep soulful vocals and harmonica solo. Now this is what I'm talking bout' - just the way Cornbread likes it.

13. Make My Getaway (3:44) - wow, this song is fast.

14. Newport News Blues (4:01) - what a treat to hear Will Shade talking to the teenage Charlie.

Hey y'all this CD is absolutely outstanding and easily one of the best blues CD's I've ever heard. Rating 4.447.

Ciao’ for now, peace.

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