Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite


Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
No Mercy In This Land
ADDS 4/3/18

"Both artists approach the music from different perspectives, which makes this collaboration so vibrant." - American Songwriter (4/5)

"After 50 years of playing his harmonica everywhere from Mississippi to San Francisco, Charlie Musselwhite is no less blue than he was during his days performing with John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters on the south side of Chicago" - Paste

No Mercy In This Land is a blues record. Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper were introduced to one another by John Lee Hooker. The legendary musician thought the two men should play together, so he brought them into the studio to record a song called simply “Burnin’ Hell.” The two remained friends and their paths periodically crossed out there on the road. But it wasn’t until 2013 that the two met up in a studio to record what would be their Grammy winning album Get Up!. And as good as that record was, it was just the beginning. Both men agree that their friendship deepened in the many months of touring that followed. And it’s that bond, that closeness, that makes this new record something special.

At first glance, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite might seem an unlikely pairing. While Ben grew up in in the tree lined Southern California college town of Claremont, a bastion of culture and liberalism just east of Los Angeles, Charlie was raised in Memphis during the time of rockabilly and Sun Records. But while the two might have come to their musical knowledge in different eras and places, as Charlie explains, “We were both searchers and we’re still seeking.” Each of them possess an enduring hunger for musical knowledge that came to them early.

The last outing by Harper / Musselwhite earned the two a Grammy for Best Blues Album of 2013 for their album Get Up!

Performed "Found The One" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Watch)

Performed "The Bottle Wins Again" on The Late Late show with James Corden (Watch)

RIYL: John Lee Hooker, Brett Dennen, Donavon Frankenreiter, Xavier Rudd, Amos Lee, Beautiful Girls
TRY: #4, 5, 8, 10

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