Ben Harper is a very accomplished musician who has is feet in many genres like folk, rock, soul, reggae, gospel, and others. He seems to just play freely and whatever comes out, he turns into an album. This allows his creativity to soar and doesn’t pigeonhole him into a specific category. This formula seems to be working for Harper as he is a three-time Grammy Award Winner in categories like Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, and Best Blues Album. So, you can see that his music is appreciated genre wide. Ever since 1992, Ben Harper has been actively pursuing his music career and has released thirteen studio albums so far.
Charlie Musselwhite has been on the music scene since 1967, being persuaded by his surroundings in Memphis, Tennessee. Musselwhite began meeting important blues musicians like Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and more. After experimenting with guitar and vocals, Charlie Musselwhite eventually settled on playing the blues harmonica. Over his full career, he has released well over thirty albums with some of the most notable record labels in blues. Musselwhite was so impactful that he was chosen as the inspiration for the Dan Aykroyd character in the Blues Brothers.
When Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite join forces, they become a powerhouse, raw blues duo. Although Harper did experiment with more bluesy songs, his first album with Musselwhite showed the folk acoustic player challenging himself with raspy vocals and unpolished guitar riffs. Their 2013 album Get Up! received a lot of hype from fans and critics and won the Grammy for the Best Blues Album.
The duo is at it again in 2018, with their album No Mercy in this Land expected to drop later this year. They have already released two stand out singles that show the musicians sticking to their straight blues roots and incredible harp playing from Mr. Charlie.
Look out for them this year as they plan a large 2018 US tour!