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Charlie Musselwhite 

When: Sat., Sept. 11, 8 & 10 p.m. 2010
Price: $35

Coming from a generation of 1960s white blues players that includes Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield, Charlie Musselwhite is a survivor. His musical DNA is laced with wisps of Sonny Boy Williamson and Littler Walter and his talents have earned mainstream recognition over the years particularly through collaborations with Tom Waits, INXS, and Peter Gabriel. His return to Alligator Records after a 14-year absence found the Mississippi native conjuring up The Well, his first album of all-original songs. An extremely personal collection of material, its topics touch on getting tossed into a Chicago jail, grappling with alcoholism, and the subsequent 22-plus years of sobriety that followed. And while his crooning is rich and harp playing is righteous, it's on the surprisingly bouncy "Sad and Beautiful World," a duet with Mavis Staples, that stuns when you realize Musselwhite is singing about the unsolved 2005 murder of his nonagenarian mother. The Bay Area fixture will be bringing his blues version of Behind the Music to Biscuits & Blues (401 Mason St., San Francisco) on Saturday, September 11. 8 & 10 p.m., $35. BiscuitsandBlues.com

— Dave Gil de Rubio

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