Further Listening. On this musical excursion, American blues legend Charlie Musselwhite explores the themes that have always charged the potency of the blues: loneliness, despair, evil, and dying. He casts a steady light on these shadowy topics, re-connecting the blues idiom to the haunting emotions that resonated so powerfully in its earliest incarnations.
A melting pot of addictive rhythms, soulful vocals, pinches of dub and funk, reggae and gospel and oh-so-subtle samples and innovative electronics. Further reading. Wed, 09 September The CD booklet is filled with pictures of the sites of his life in Mississippi. Delta Hardware was recorded with Musselwhite 's road band, and it has the feeling of motion along with its looking into the past.
Guitarist Chris "Kid" Andersen , bassist Randy Bermudes , and drummer June Core hop into the heart of the electric trancelike blues that have been a part of Musselwhite 's backbone his entire performing career. The question is, why didn't he record with these guys before? Delta Hardware is a raw, squalling album heavy on brittle guitars, trancelike rhythms, and of course, Musselwhite 's harmonica filling the gaps where his world-weary voice shouts, hollers, and bellows.
Musselwhite and band dig deep here. This shimmy shaking electric blues is merely a portent of things to come. On the track that follows, "One of These Mornings," all hell breaks loose. A call and response between Musselwhite and Andersen shuffles like a train off the track to Core 's triple-time drums. When he sings, it's more like a roar; unfettered, full of power and the grit necessary to wail above a band playing their asses off. His harp solo is just a scorcher, and it all happens in two-minutes-and-thirty-seconds.
The blunt edge of the blade comes home to roost on "Black Water," where Musselwhite , his harp, and Andersen 's guitars are a wandering band of prophets from the old testament warning of the perils of the present age; Musselwhite sounds sad but determined; he's unflinching in his terror-vision and it is bleak.
The music is sad as well; it's trancelike, Junior Kimbrough -styled -- repetitive, percussive, snaky -- and when it's time for his brief harp solo, the instrument sounds like it's weeping.
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