"Get Up!", the highly acclaimed new album release for Ben Harper and legendary blues, harmonica virtuoso, Charlie Musselwhite, was released on January 29th.
The collaboration was 10 years in the making, but far before that, Harper's introduction to Musselwhite goes back to his youth, in his parents' music store in Claremont, CA.
"We had Charlie's records stacked high at my family's store and at my house," Harper said in a recent interview on NPR.
As Harper progressed in his career, it became a life goal to collaborate with Musselwhite; therefore, he feels that the album is just about the pinnacle of his career thus far.
Musselwhite turned 69 recently. "As a player on the Chicago blues scene of the 1960s and a running buddy of John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite helped hammer out the genre’s shape when it was still red-hot."
The album is all new original material. Ben Harper does all the singing; Musselwhite plays the harmonica. Musselwhite is the only harmonica player ever inducted into the RnR Hall of Fame, BTW.
There are quite a few reviews, articles and clips of current publicity that you can find quite easily if you're interested in pursuing the album or more information.
Check out Harper's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/benharper
A song from the album performed on Jay Leno: http://www.hulu.com/embed-html.html?eid=h35ponazkn039oi2aow-xq&et=2518&st=2286