Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
In a very special treat for Ben Harper fans, not only will the Bluesfest favourite be coming to the Festival with his band, but he will also be teaming up with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite for a special performance this Easter.
Ben Harper… Multi Instrumentalist…Artist…Activist, the list goes on. Whether it’s through the soul of Southern Gospel, 70’s funk, blues, reggae or rock and roll, Ben and his trademark Weissenborn guitar wows audiences across the globe with his provoking live performances, poignant lyrics and timeless songwriting.
Mississippi born Charlie Musselwhite is a Bluesfest veteran, in fact he played at the first ever Bluesfest. Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world, he doesn’t just play the blues, he lives the blues, “Blues is a feeling” he says “…B.B. King could sing Mary Had a Little Lamb and it would be the blues”. Musselwhite has collaborated with legendary musicians including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Tom Waits to name a few. He has earned many accolades during his career, including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.
The two prolific Artists have been busy collaborating to create Get Up! set for release early 2013. The album marks Ben’s 12th studio album and was recorded in LA and produced by Ben. Get Up! Is a piercing song-cycle of struggle and heart and is a striking mix of blues, gospel, roots and R&B with Charlie’s harmonica accentuating Harper’s vocals throughout. Charlie says of the collaboration, “Ben and I really locked in, personally and musically, when we recorded with John Lee Hooker, Ever since then we wanted to record together and being in the studio together is just a natural. You can hear it and feel it in the music on Get Up!”
Ben has been a fan of Musselwhite since childhood and begged an introduction to his idol at the 1996 Bluesfest. Despite the difference in age and background the pair hit it off immediately. The Get Up! project has been 10 years in the making says Ben “Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we've gotten to it,” “I can’t wait to play it live.” We can’t wait for them to play it live either, let the countdown to Bluesfest begin!