Monterey International Blues Festival 2017 Featuring Charlie Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite

Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite's life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. Born into a blue collar family in Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 31, 1944, and raised by a single mother, Musselwhite grew up surrounded by blues, hillbilly and gospel music on the radio and outside his front door. His family moved to Memphis, where, as a teenager, he worked as a ditch digger, concrete layer and moonshine runner. Fascinated by the blues, Musselwhite began playing guitar and harmonica. It wasn't easy growing up a poor, white boy in Memphis, even among the rich musical influences the city offered. He felt like an outcast and a stranger (themes that have informed, inspired and haunted his music to this day).

Following the path of so many, Musselwhite moved to Chicago looking for better paying work. While driving an exterminator truck as a day job, Charlie lived on the South Side and hung out in blues clubs at night, developing close friendships with blues icons Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Before long, he was sitting in at clubs with Muddy and others, building an impressive word-of-mouth reputation. Soon after, Charlie was being paid to play in the same South Side neighborhood. Noted blues journalist Dick Shurman says, "The black Chicago blues artists all liked Charlie as a person. They felt that he was one of them — a southern country boy with a deep affinity for the blues."

His first recording, under the name Memphis Charlie, brought the amplified harmonica blues to a new audience of young, white rock and rollers, who discovered that Charlie personified the cool and hip counter-culture icons they admired. After the release of his first full-length LP — Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite's South Side Band — he was embraced by the growing youth counter-culture and the newly emerging progressive rock FM radio stations, especially on the West Coast. His iconic status established, he relocated to San Francisco, often playing the famed Fillmore Auditorium. Over the years, he has released albums on a variety of labels, ranging from straight blues to music mixing elements of jazz, gospel, Tex-Mex, Cuban and other world music, winning new fans at every turn. He has been touring nationally and internationally for four decades and is among the best-known and best-loved blues musicians in the world.

Over the last 43 years Musselwhite has released over 30 albums including 2006's critically praised Delta Hardware. Three of his recordings — 1990's Ace of Harps, 1991's Signature and 1993's In My Time — were recorded for Alligator Records and remain among his best-selling titles. Now, Charlie Musselwhite returns to Alligator with The Well, produced by Chris Goldsmith and just nominated for a Grammy® for Best Traditional Blues Album. With musical flavors from Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago, The Well is steeped in the music of Charlie's youth — country and city blues as well as rockabilly and gospel — the music that inspired his signature sound. The fresh, new songs speak from his decades of experience, hard living, and his triumph over adversity.

Charlie has shared stages with countless blues and rock musicians. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall Of Fame in 2010, has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards and has won 24 Blues Music Awards. The San Francisco Chronicle says, "Charlie Musselwhite's harmonica playing shows taste, bite, restraint and power. He's one of the best, and as a bluesman, he's as real as they come."

Mike Schermer

Mighty Mike Schermer was a fixture on the Bay Area blues scene for over 20 years when he relocated to Austin TX in 2009 and joined the touring band of swamp-boogie piano legend Marcia Ball. He carved out a solid solo career, with four critically acclaimed CDs, an award winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He also became the “go to guy” sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Angela Strehli, Bonnie Raitt, Howard Tate, Charlie Musselwhite, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison and many, many more. Oh yes…we may be judged by the company we keep, but when the spotlight shines a solo artist also must be able to bring the goods all on his own.
Mighty Mike Schermer delivers on all fronts.

Taylor P. Collins

Ms. Taylor P. Collins is on the rise! Mentored by her dear friend Miss Ruth Brown, Taylor created her own unique style and brings a fresh sound to the Blues presented as only she can. The Northern California Entertainers Music Awards recognized her talent and nominated Taylor and her incredible 7 piece band in two categories for the 2016 awards: Female Blues Artist of the Year and Blues Band of the Year. Taylor and her band won the Blues Band of the Year Award and performed for the BB King Tribute portion of the awards show and rocked the house! She is also one of the Northern California Blues Artists to be featured in the upcoming documentary “Every Day We Gots the Blues”. Now for the second year,Taylor has been nominated in three categories: the Northern California Female Blues Artist of the Year, Blues Band of the Year, and Female Entertainer of the Year for the 2017 Northern California Entertainers Music Awards. The awards show to be held at the Crest Theater in Sacramento on Saturday May 27th, 2017.
Taylor is known for her commanding stage presence. She has performed in the company of industry legends including Etta James,The Neville Brothers, Barbara Morrison, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Gladys Knight, Elvin Bishop, and Kenny Neal, performed with John Handy, LaVerne Baker, and Miss Ruth Brown. Ms. Collins is a veteran Bay Area Blues Artist and performer who is truly getting the attention and recognition she and her amazing band deserve. She is working on a new CD and is one artist to watch in 2016-2017…coming soon in 2017 the release of her new single “Strong Confident Woman”..a collaborative effort with her son Jeff Story and title track of the new CD…her time has come!!
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John Broadway Tucker Trio

John Broadway Tucker, a sharecropper's son, was born in Mississippi. He left for Memphis at the age of seventeen, where he saw B.B. King perform and fell in love with the Blues. He began singing for an audience when he joined the U.S. Army. Tucker has performed over 2200 shows including the San Francisco Blues Festival, Shoreline Amphitheater, and Monterey Blues Festival alongside other Blues giants such as John Lee Hooker, B.B.King, and Charlie Musselwhite. Tucker will give the audience a truly moving performance with his solo debut at the MIBF

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