They called him Memphis Charlie Musselwhite when the budding blues harmonica legend followed his black Mississippi Delta blues mentors north to Chicago to carve his own blues fame.

They called him Memphis Charlie Musselwhite when the budding blues harmonica legend followed his black Mississippi Delta blues mentors north to Chicago to carve his own blues fame. He's long since lived in the Bay Area but returns conceptually to his Memphis roots on his new album. Originals like "Blues Overtook Me" and "In Your Darkest Hour" are purely autobiographical, the latter showcasing his robust harp play backed by T-Bone Wolk's sparing bass. A schoolmate of Tommy Cash, Musselwhite's cover of his brother Johnny Cash's "Big River" reflects the primacy in Memphis of its Mississippi subject matter, while Jimmy Reed's blues classic "Ain't That Loving You Baby" is a nod to his Memphis jukebox memories. The album title comes from Los Lobos' "One Time One Night," here featuring guest vocalist Christine Ohlman opposite Musselwhite's laid back singing. Other key guests include Marty Stuart, Kelly Willis, and guitarist and longtime collaborator Robben Ford.—JB

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