100 Years Of Blues

Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite , Elvin Bishop , Charlie Musselwhite

100 Years Of Blues


100 Years Of Blues is front-porch, down-home music with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bishop and Grammy-winning harmonica great Musselwhite trading licks and vocals on 12 rootsy, spirited, humorous songs, mixing nine originals with three reimagined classics. "Elvin Bishop is a legendary guitarist...Impeccable and spirited...a distinguished American player. Charlie Musselwhite, with unabashed excellence, sets the standard for blues harmonica" —Rolling Stone


Available On CD
Price: $16.98
Add to Cart
1. Birds Of A Feather 3:25

Hey, here we are, birds of a feather
Whole bunch of blues lovers gathered together
Fixin’ to get loose, have a good time
Like Brother Charlie says, “I ain’t lyin’”
So clap, stomp, holler and yell
We’re all friends here, so what the hell?

Birds of a feather

I feel the spirit movin’ all through the hall
Looks like everybody’s havin’ a ball
Does my heart good to see folks enjoy the show
So buckle up people, away we go!

Yeah, you can listen to any kind of music you choose
But man, it’s pretty hard to beat the blues
Me and Bob are playing just as good as we can
And here come Charlie, he’s a dangerous man

2. West Helena Blues 4:53

I got a woman that I’m loving, lives in West Helena, Arkansas
I got a woman that I’m loving, lives in West Helena, Arkansas
She buys me long toed shoes, keeps that Brown Mule in my jaw

She gets paid every Friday, along about eleven o’clock
She gets paid every Friday, along about eleven o’clock
Then from on ‘til Monday morning, you know the whole town reel and rock

They tell me West Helena, it ain’t nothing but a murderers’ home
They tell me West Helena, it ain’t nothing but a murderers’ home
I don’t care if it’s a graveyard, that’s where I’ll be before long

3. What The Hell? 3:09

Look at the shape, the shape the nation’s in
This situation is a shame and a sin
I want to know, how could a good thing go so wrong?
Tell me, what the hell is going on?

Sometimes I don’t know whether to cry or laugh
Half the people in this country can’t stand the other half
I want to know, why can’t we halfway get along?
People, people, what the hell is going on?

He is the president but wants to be the king
Know what I like about the guy? Not a doggone thing
I want to know, how can four years seem so long?
Lord have mercy, what the hell is going on?

4. Good Times 3:48

Used to party all over town; in on every scene
We used to eat big old steaks but now it’s just fatback and pinto beans
Won’t somebody tell me, tell me where’d all the good times go?
Yeah, won’t somebody please tell me, where’d all our good times go?

Used to take you out to dinner, the finest place in town
Tell me, baby, what are we doing in this old welfare line?
Won’t somebody tell me, I’d like to hear about it if you know
Yeah, won’t somebody tell me, where did all our good times go?

5. Old School 5:01

I wear old fashioned old fashioned shoes
Old fashioned Gibson guitar playing old fashioned blues
I’m old school
I’m old school
I’m old school
I’m old school

Yeah, man
I’m an old fashioned dude
Tell the truth!
No tattoos!

Don’t fool with no Facebook, no twitters and tweets
Call me on the phone if you want to talk to me
I’m old school
I’m old school
I’m old school
I’m old school

Yeah, call me on the phone
Telephone’s high tech as I get
Now don’t send me no email
Send me a female!

Old school
I’m old school
I’m old school
I’m old school

I go to the club, don’t want no DJ jive
I like my real music, up close and live
I’m old school
I’m old school
I’m old school
I’m old school

Oh yeah!

 

6. If I Should Have Bad Luck 4:03

If I should have bad luck, honey, long, long way from home
If I should have bad luck, honey, long, long way from home
Well now, since I know you love me, honey, your love will keep me going

Passing people’s houses on a dark and lonely road
Looks mighty cozy but a place I can’t go
If I should have bad luck, honey, long, long way from home
Well now since I know you love me, honey, your love will keep me going

I’m making ninety miles down this highway in the dark
Yonder kitchen lights make me wonder how you are
If I should have bad luck, honey, a long, long way from home
Honey, since I know you love me, honey, your love will keep me going

If you can get me to Memphis I’ll make Clarksdale on my own
I said goodbye to more highways and people I have known
If the weather holds out and it don’t snow or rain
Everything is all right, don’t you worry about one little thing

7. Midnight Hour Blues 4:14

In the wee midnight hours long towards the break of day
In the wee midnight hours long towards the break of day
That’s when the blues slips up on you, carries your mind away

I lay on my bed, cannot go to sleep
I lay on my bed, cannot go to sleep
Well, my heart is in misery, mind is sinking deep

My mind was wanderin’ back to days of long ago
My mind was wanderin’ back to days of long ago
And that little girl I used to love, I don’t see her any more

That little girl I used to love, I don’t see her any more

8. Blues, Why Do You Worry Me? 4:05

Blues, why do you worry me, why do you stay so long?
Blues, why do you worry me, why do you stay so long?
Came to me yesterday, you stayed the whole night long

I wouldn’t listen to my people, my friends or nobody else
I wouldn’t listen to my people, my friends or nobody else
I had to make mistakes in life, I had to learn it all for myself

I used to drink to keep from worrying, now I ride from town to town
I used to drink to keep from worrying, now I ride from town to town
Don’t the highway look lonesome when the sun is sinkin’ down?

Well now, life’s been tough but I never had the heart to cry
You know life’s been tough but I never had the heart to cry
You know blues don’t kill me, boys, I wasn’t intended to die

I learned to smile at trouble, I won’t let it get me down
I learned to smile at trouble, I won’t let it get me down
I’ll keep on keepin’ on ‘til the last deal goes down

I ain’t lyin’

9. South Side Slide 3:16
10. Blues For Yesterday 5:55

Well, I’m rolling down the highway, rolling into the settin’ sun
Well, I’m rolling down the highway, rolling into the settin’ sun
I got the blues for yesterday; times was tough but we had fun

You know the moon is rising; yonder down goes the sun
You know the moon is rising; yonder down goes the sun
I got the blues for yesterday; times was tough but we had fun

Well it’s getting late over in the evening; feels like my time is done
I got the blues for yesterday; times was tough but we had fun

It’s been a long, long road; you know I have had one good run
I got the blues for yesterday; times was tough but we had fun

Rained all night until the break of dawn;
Glad to see you, baby, all my friends are gone
You know I’m rolling down the highway, rolling into the settin’ sun
I got the blues for yesterday; times was tough but we had fun

11. Help Me 5:17

Help me, darling, I can’t do it by myself
Help me, darling, I can’t do it by myself (Not a chance)
Love me mama and I’ll have to find somebody else

I might wash; I might have to sew
I might cook; I might mop your floor
But baby, I can’t do it by myself
Love me darling, I’ll have to use somebody else

Now when I walk, I want you to walk with me
When I talk, I need you to talk with me
Oh baby, I can’t do it by myself
Love me, darling, and I’ll find somebody else

Bring me my nightshirt, baby, put on your morning gown
Bring me my nightshirt, baby, put on your morning gown
Well, I don’t feel like sleeping, I just feel like lyin’ down (Come here, baby)

See me comin’, mama, run get your rocking chair
See me comin’, mama, run get your rocking chair
Well, I ain’t no stranger, ain’t my first time here

Need you to roll me, mama, like you roll your wagon wheel
Want you to roll me, mama, like you roll your wagon wheel
When you roll me, mama, oh how good it makes me feel (All night long)

12. 100 Years Of Blues 5:14

My name’s Elvin, I’m from Oklahoma
This is my pal Charlie, now he’s from Tennessee
We’re here with you all this evening and damn glad to be
We’ve been playing this music a long time
I’ll tell you folks the truth
You know between the two of us
You’re looking at a hundred years of blues

We got our education in our Chicago, way back in the 1960’s
Hangin’ out in those clubs, chasin’ girls, and playing blues and drinking all kinds of whiskey
Running all over the South Side (Yeah, man, down at 43rd and Vincennes) (Yeah, Pepper’s) and the West Side too (oh yeah, Lake and Kedzie) (Wolf’s hangout) ( Silvio’s)
Man, think about it,
It’s been a hundred years of blues

Yeah, me and Elvin knew all the cats
We knew Wolf and Muddy and Sonny Boy too
We had a mighty fine time, you know we were just around breaking all the rules
We’re glad you came to see us
And it’s really good to see you all
You know we’re mighty glad to be here
And actually we’re lucky to be anywhere at all
Well, if you like what you hear
And you think we paid our dues
I just want you to remember
We bring you a hundred years of the blues
(I ain’t lyin’)

Yeah, you know they tell me, Charlie,
You can’t teach a old dog new tricks
I guess it is true
We been around since the Dead Sea was sick
I guess we better keep on just doin’ what we do
Lord have mercy, it’s been a hundred years of blues

Whoa!


Elvin Bishop:
Guitar and Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite: Harmonica, Vocals and Slide Guitar (4)
Bob Welsh: Guitar (1,3,5,6,7,9,12) and Piano (2,4,8,10,11)
Kid Andersen: Upright Bass (1,4,5,12) 
 
Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Kid Andersen at Greaseland Studios, San Jose, CA and Hog Heaven Studios, Lagunitas, CA
Co-Produced by Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite and Bob Welsh
Production Assistants: Quique Gomez and Nic Clark
Photos by Steve Jennings
Packaging Design by Kevin Niemiec
Executive Producer: Henri Musselwhite

Elvin would like to thank: my wife and daughter, Cara and Emily, for their support, Chris Hansen, Jack Randall, J.P. and Bruce Iglauer for his advice and encouragement—and thanks to Charlie, Bob and Kid for a great job.

Charlie would like to thank: Chris Hansen and Janette (Savage Bunny) Burton. Elvin Bishop endorses Dean Markley Strings and Shubb Capos.

Charlie Musselwhite plays Seydel harmonicas and Gibson guitars and uses Blows Me Away microphones.

Elvin Bishop is booked by Jack Randall at the Ted Kurland Agency, jack@thekurlandagency.com

Charlie Musselwhite is booked by Michael Morris at M2 Touring, mjjmorris@gmail.com

Charlie Musselwhite is managed by Henri Musselwhite, henri@sonic.net

Dedicated to the memory of “Good Time Charlie” Brechtel

elvinbishopmusic.com
charliemusselwhite.com

 

"Elvin Bishop is a legendary guitarist...Impeccable and spirited...a distinguished American player. Charlie Musselwhite, with unabashed excellence, sets the standard for blues harmonica." —Rolling Stone


With careers that jointly span more than 100 years, it’s amazing that these two masters of the blues, with over 60 albums between them, have never before cut an album together. Their lives have followed parallel courses. Both came to Chicago in the early 1960s as teenagers from down south—Elvin from Oklahoma and Charlie from Tennessee. It was back when, as Elvin puts it, “We landed in Blues Heaven and were able to get in on the Chicago Blues at its peak, when the classic guys were really hitting heavy—Muddy and Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf and Magic Sam.” Both immersed themselves in the South Side blues scene, Elvin under the tutelage of guitarist Little Smokey Smothers and Charlie under the mentorship of harmonica giant Big Walter Horton and Delta bluesman Big Joe Williams. Both were accepted by blues fans and, more importantly, by the established musicians because as Charlie explains, they were “from down home.”


“It was great the way Elvin and I were not only welcomed but encouraged by the blues giants of the day,” says Charlie. “When I first got to Chicago I was content just to hang out and socialize and listen to the great blues, but when Muddy found out I played harmonica he insisted that I sit in and that changed everything because other musicians heard me and started offering me gigs and boy, did that get me focused. I might not’ve ever had a career in music if men like Muddy hadn’t been so welcoming and encouraging.” The young Elvin was also welcomed onto South Side bandstands, gigging with Hound Dog Taylor, Junior Wells and J.T. Brown.

Both Elvin and Charlie followed the sunshine and moved to the West Coast later in the 60s, embraced by the blues-rockers who played the Fillmore and other rock venues. Charlie had been cutting his own albums since his 1966 debut, Stand Back! Elvin had first become famous as a member of Chicago’s Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and then cut his first album The Elvin Bishop Group, in 1969. Over the course of the next 50 years, they appeared worldwide with their own bands and were welcomed on stage and in the studio by friends like the Allman Brothers, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Ben Harper and Tom Waits.

They first joined forces in the studio to cut the original version of the song “100 Years Of Blues” for 2017’s Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio. As Elvin recalls, “Charlie and I ended up jamming a few times after we got to California and actually did a tour of Hawaii in the 80s. We always had a good time playing together, but what really got us wanting to do an album together was how well our song “100 Years Of Blues” turned out—it made me realize how much we have in common. The new album all fell together so quickly and easily. We each brought about half the songs and recorded them all in one or two takes.”
 
“Charlie is the real deal,” says Elvin. “He didn’t learn his licks off of records; he lived them. He’s always himself. And Bob is so versatile on guitar and piano. When you play with people who are real good, it ups your game too. I just did the best job I could.” And Charlie says, “Elvin is always a joy to talk or play music with. I feel we see things pretty much the same and enjoy and appreciate each other’s perspective. Musically it’s like ‘fallin’ off a log’...it’s so easy and it just makes sense.”
 
—Bruce Iglauer