Musseling away the winter blues

National Pearl Button Museum Executive Director Terry Eagle, on the harmonica, with Blues Rock-it on Jan. 18 at the museum. Photo by Rod Peck

Blues Rock-It, from the Quad Cities, played to a sold-out house last weekend as part of a fundraising event for the National Pearl Button Museum.

“The blues is the people’s music,” said Terry Eagle, Executive Director of the National Pearl Button Museum, “and the story of the pearl button industry is a story of the people.”

Eagle said he hopes to have regular music shows at the museum going forward.

“Along with our history, I want to see us offer more cultural events in downtown Muscatine,” he  said.

The National Pearl Button Museum tells the story of how mussel shells harvested from the Mississippi River became a boom industry like the gold rush for Muscatine in the early 1900s.

The high-energy blues and soul band Blues Rock-It even invited Eagle to jam on a few songs.  Eagle has been playing the harmonica since his days in the military.  He says he used to play bass, but needed something smaller he could carry while he traveled.  He often plays with the Muscatine-based Creeping Charlies.

Although no future dates are set, Eagle was excited about the response and said to stay tuned for the next show.