The Well (Charlie Musselwhite album)

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The Well
Charlie Musselwhite The Well.jpg
Studio album by Charlie Musselwhite
Released August 24, 2010
Genre Blues, blues rock
Length 47:36
Label Alligator
Producer Chris Goldsmith
Charlie Musselwhite chronology
Rough Dried - Live at The Triple Door
(2008)Rough Dried - Live at The Triple Door2008
The Well
(2010)
Juke Joint Chapel
(2012)Juke Joint Chapel2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

The Well is twenty seventh studio album by American blues singer and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite. It was released in August 2010. It was his first release on Alligator Records label since 1993 album In My Time. In the title song he credits Jessica McClure's ordeal as a child trapped in a well for over 58 hours in 1987 for inspiring him to quit drinking, stating,

She was trapped in there with a broken arm in the dark, in a life-and-death situation she was singing nursery rhymes to herself and being brave...It made my problems seem tiny. So as a prayer to her and myself, I decided I wasn't going to drink till she got out of that well. It was like I was tricking myself, telling myself that I wasn't going to quit for good, just until she got out. It took three days to get her out, and I haven't had a drink since.[2]


Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rambler's Blues" – 3:45
  2. "Dig the Pain" – 2:23
  3. "The Well" – 3:18
  4. "Where Hwy 61 Runs" – 4:24
  5. "Sad and Beautiful World" – 3:39
  6. "Sonny Payne Special" – 2:22
  7. "Good Times" – 3:28
  8. "Just You, Just Blues" – 3:59
  9. "Cadillac Women" – 4:08
  10. "Hoodoo Queen" – 4:09
  11. "Clarksdale Getaway" – 4:13
  12. "Cook County Blues" – 3:38
  13. "Sorcerer's Dream" – 4:10

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Charlie Musselwhite: The Well". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (September 28, 2010). "How 'Baby Jessica' Saved Blues Great Charlie Musselwhite". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 4, 2013.