Re: [Harp-L] Sitting in with Charlie Musselwhite

Hey Richard,
Must have been a some kind of a thrill !! Charlie is a living legend for  
me. I sense your satisfaction and I am happy for you. Those are musical  
moments that make it all worthwhile,.What tune did you play?
Chris Mastakas
In a message dated 4/30/2012 8:50:30 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

I had  the great pleasure of sitting in with Charlie Musselwhite and his 
band--Matt  Stubbs on guitar, June Core on drums, and Mike Phillips on 
bass--at the  Infinity Hall show in Norfolk, CT last night.  I've been working with 
 Charlie to set him up with a Digitech RP programmed for his needs--in this 
 case an RP155.  I had the opportunity during sound check yesterday to  
tweak the device while Charlie played, which helped me plenty in dialing in  
the right tones for him.  Charlie had his Sonny Jr. Cruncher onstage for  the 
show; he began the show playing through the RP, then switched to the Sonny  
Jr., in both cases using a bullet-style mic (maybe one of Greg  Heumann's?). 
 I played through the RP when I sat in, using my Audix  Fireball V.

The RP sounded very good alongside the Cruncher--it fit the  style, and it 
came through loud and clear.  This was the first time I've  heard the RP on 
stage with a top-line boutique amp, and it worked just  fine.

For me, of course, the night was a dream.  There is no  harmonica player on 
earth whose music I have listened to more often or more  closely than 
Charlie's.  He was my earliest and most important  inspiration.  Playing with him 
last night was the fulfillment of a  lifelong goal. 

I'll close with a comment on the venue, Infinity  Hall.  If you live within 
an hour's drive of this place, you owe it to  yourself to see a show there. 
 The hall seats 300, it's ben beautifully  restored, it has great sight 
lines to the stage from every seat, and there's a  restaurant downstairs that 
serves very good and very reasonably priced  food.  Well worth the trip, 
especially when Charlie is playing  there.

Regards, Richard Hunter 

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