Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Mudslide Charley
Mudslide Charley is a Missoula, Montana-born band that plays gutbucket blues and house rockin’ roots rock. We draw inspiration from a more antiquated era when Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker first fused the rough and rural vibes of Southern acoustic blues with modern electric instruments. The band writes and performs original songs pumping with vital relevance and emotional fervor that exude a true reverence for the blues musicians who have paved our way. Using gritty electric guitar, elastic bass, chest thumping backbeat, and rich soulful vocals punctuated by harmonica, piano, and saxophone, Mudslide Charley creates a musical gumbo that rattles bones and loosens limbs.
Mudslide Charley is currently promoting our fifth album, Clearwater Junction. Written, composed, and recorded in the throws of the pandemic, Clearwater Junction consists of eleven original songs that dive into the dissonance of contemporary American life through the lens of hope, love, and human resolve. Previous albums New & Used and Words & Bones both cracked the Living Blues Top 30 Album Charts.
The band has opened for Marcia Ball, Charles Neville, George Thorogood, Anna Popovich, Nick Schnebelen, Hoyt Axton, The Common Heart, and Hillstomp, and has performed at the Magic City Blues Festival, Salmon Blues & Brews Festival, Wallace Blues Festival, Hot Springs Blues Festival, Philipsburg Blues & Brews Festival, and the Flathead Blues Festival. In 2021, Mudslide Charley was honored as third Best Band in Missoula when voted on by the public.