Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite interviewed

Posted on: Thursday, Mar 21, 2013

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

The singer-songwriter-guitarist and famed blues harmonica player explain how they united for the new CD, “Get Up!”

Singer-songwriter Ben Harper creates music that blends an assortment of styles. Born into a family of musicians, he was singing chords at age 4 and started playing the guitar at age 6. By age 12, he was performing for live audiences. The two-time Grammy winner is a master of the slide guitar and has collaborated on records and in concerts with such artists as John Lee Hooker, Metallica and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Multiple Grammy-winning harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite is also one of the most awarded artists ever by the Blues Foundation, having won 27 Blues Music Awards. Born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on Chicago’s South Side, the groundbreaking musician made his mark leading blues bands in Chicago and San Francisco and has released more than 30 albums. He was recently inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

Harper and Musselwhite have been looking for a collaboration project for more than 10 years and have finally teamed up on the new release “Get Up!”—a mix of gospel, blues, roots music and R&B, for the legendary Stax Records label.

Musicians Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite | Interviews | Tavis Smiley | PBS.

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