Charlie Musselwhite @ Jim Porter’s

Friday, Oct. 1

Jim Porter’s
2345 Lexington Road • 452-9531
$15 (adv.), $18 (door); 7 p.m.

Even after 50 years, the well is by no means dry for this Blues Hall of Fame inductee and seven-time Grammy nominee. Born at the end of World War II in Kosciusko, Miss., Charlie Musselwhite began his blues education in Memphis (where else?), looking up to and studying the moves of Furry Lewis, Will Shade and Gus Cannon. Chicago beckoned, and Musselwhite found himself among the grit of the fledgling electric blues scene fostered by the likes of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf. The truth about Charlie: Although his catalog is 30 records deep, it took a half-century to put together an album of songs he composed entirely on his own. Guess that’s the price of majoring in blues. “I didn’t know I was going to have a career in music,” the modest student explains. “I’m still learning.” Bluestown opens. —Mat Herron

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