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My Charlie Musselwhite cover
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601 posts
Jul 30, 2019
9:00 AM
I play a Charlie Musselwhite tune, My Road Lies In Darkness. Charlie Musselwhite has been one of my favourite harmonica players for more than 30 years. Harmonica: Hohner Rocket Amp in Low F.

Last Edited by Hakan on Jul 30, 2019 9:01 AM
The Iceman
3891 posts
Jul 30, 2019
9:15 AM
You did capture a bit o' that loosey goosey slipin' slidin' keep on rubbin' slippery Charlie style in your playing. Charlie = King of Position Playing that doesn't sound the same ol' same ol'.
The Iceman
602 posts
Jul 30, 2019
10:55 PM
Around 1990 when I was learning I mostly listened to Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite and the harp players on Muddy Waters LPs. I don´t know what loosey goosey means but he has a certain "lazy" style, especially when he plays 3rd pos that I like. But of course Harpin' On A Riff is totally different. And his solo on the INXS song Suicide Blonde is crazy, I never found out how he did that.

Last Edited by Hakan on Jul 30, 2019 10:56 PM
1576 posts
Jul 31, 2019
6:55 AM
@Håkan: The harp part on "Suicide blonde" was tricked. Somehow ... but I can´t remember the details. Nicely done, though.
And great playing here!
603 posts
Jul 31, 2019
12:55 PM
Thanks Martin!

Tricked? What does that mean, he had two different harps, one in 5th pos and then the end in 3rd pos. Or special tuning? Please tell me! I need to know
222 posts
Jul 31, 2019
2:15 PM
Search harp_l and you will find the story

So what is the truth behind the Suicide Blonde story?

'I recorded three tunes with INXS. One tune was sampled and played through a
keyboard by Andrew Ferriss. Nice guy. I was in Sydney on tour in Australia.
Henri took a call in the hotel room. Who is this? INXS? I'd never heard of
419 posts
Jul 31, 2019
8:12 PM
Good job, Hakan!
604 posts
Aug 01, 2019
2:31 AM
Thank you DanP! And thanks sydeman, I hadn't read that story before.
50 posts
Aug 01, 2019
6:33 AM
I'm new to the harp, but, I know what I like. I liked that!
Jeff B

Just enjoying the music journey.
Old Hickory
99 posts
Aug 02, 2019
2:36 AM
That was badass.
2 posts
Nov 13, 2021
3:20 PM
Re: Suicide Blonde, and the ridiculous MTV Award Show circa 1989, where the exact harp track from the record is played in their "live" performance, the keyboard guy not even breathing in time with the harp as he fakes it. I generally liked INXS songs, but their posturing detracted from the overall appreciation.
I saw Norton Buffalo a couple years before that at a Boulder club, and he played his "Echoes of the Last Stampede" using an early pedal delay/echo system that was amazing. Someone with that skill and gear could have likely done live what they did with Musselwhite's track, as the effect is more delay overlap, versus lightning quick notation. Norton was masterful at both, and he never played sloppy, only crisp and clear. RIP
2158 posts
Nov 14, 2021
5:31 PM
Excellent deep dark blues.
BronzeWailer's YouTube
724 posts
Nov 16, 2021
8:53 AM
Your always good---But u lost your accent, when u sing.

Great Job

----And like everyone else ---C Mussclewhite Is one of my favorites. Especially live ---Hes so gracious and mellow

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