Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA – A Life in the Blues (Rounder Records) is a Charles Brown fan’s dream come true. Charles Brown (1922-1999) is truly one of the greats of rhythm & blues, with 26 Billboard chart hits (“Drifting Blues,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Black Night,” “Please Come Home For Christmas,” etc.) multiple Grammy nominations, multiple WC Handy Awards as Best Blues Vocalist and Instrumentalist, a 1997 National Endowment For the Arts National Heritage Award and his 1999 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
A Life in the Blues includes live digital audio and video recordings (both a CD and DVD) of a remarkable 1990 concert performance at New York’s Lone Star Roadhouse, two short films made in 1944 by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers when Charles was 22 years old (believed to be the only surviving film or video footage of Charles from the 1940s-1960s), the most extensive discography ever compiled of his 50 year recording career (presented both on the DVD and as a printable PDF file on the CD), and numerous historical photos, including a number of never before published photos of Charles’ 1949 marriage to fellow rhythm and blues recording legend Mabel Scott, extended liner notes by Chip Deffaa and an appreciation by Bonnie Raitt. Produced by Howell Begle.