Charlie Musselwhite Band + The James Montgomery Band$28.50 - $48.50 Buy Tickets
With an induction into the Blues Music Hall of Fame, 35 Blues Music Awards (including three wins in 2014!) and 11 Grammy® nominations (including a 2014 win!), American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader Charlie Musselwhite has truly earned legendary status as one of blues music’s most important artists.
One of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s (alongside Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield, among others), Musselwhite was reportedly the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd’s character in The Blues Brothers. He was born in Mississippi but spent his formative years in Memphis, Tennessee during the period when rockabilly, western swing, electric blues and other forms of African American music were combining to give birth to rock and roll. Musselwhite supported himself by digging ditches, laying concrete and running moonshine in a 1950 Lincoln automobile. This environment was Musselwhite’s school for music, as well as life, and where he acquired the nickname “Memphis Charlie.”
In true bluesman fashion, Musselwhite then took off to Chicago, where he continued his education on the South Side, making the acquaintance of even more legends including Lew Soloff, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Big Walter Horton. Musselwhite immersed himself completely in the musical life, living in the basement of Big Joe Williams and forging a lifelong friendship with JohnLee Hooker. In time, Musselwhite led his own blues band and in 1966 released the legendary Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite’s Southside Band. Since then, Musselwhite has released over 25 albums, as well as guesting on albums by many other notable musicians including Bonnie Raitt, INXS, Tom Waits and The Blind Boys of Alabama, among others. Musselwhite recently teamed up with Ben Harper on Get Up! – the long time coming collaboration that took home the Grammy® for Best Blues Album in 2014.
When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”. Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty some years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Jr. Wells – at the legendary “Chessmate.” Over the years, he’s carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.
In 1970, while attending Boston University, Montgomery formed The James Montgomery Band. His inimitable harmonica playing combined with his incredibly energetic live shows led to the band’s quick ascension on the New England music scene. Within two years, The James Montgomery Band was among the hottest acts in Boston along with J. Geils and Aerosmith and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn Records.
Since that time, James has recorded six albums. His first, First Time Out has been remastered and re-released by MRG/Capricorn. Others include James Montgomery Band on Island Records which was number nine on Billboard’s national playlist, Duck Fever which featured members of the David Letterman Band, Live Trax with the Uptown Horns (the Rolling Stones’ horn section) and his release on Tone-Cool, The Oven Is On.
Montgomery has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, LaVern Baker, Patti LaBelle and Peter Wolf among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York’s “Trax.”