Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – ‘Get Up!’ album art work courtesy of Craft Recordings
Craft Recordings celebrates the Tenth-anniversary of Get Up!, the best-selling album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Ben Harper and blues icon Charlie Musselwhite with a well timed vinyl reissue.
Due out on November 3, the album consists of the hit “You Discovered One other Lover (I Misplaced One other Buddy),” plus such rousing favorites as “I Don’t Imagine a Phrase You Say,” “I’m In I’m Out and I’m Gone” and “Get Up!” Immediately considered a modern-day blues traditional, the album captivated a multi-generational viewers, topped Billboard’s Blues chart and earned a Grammy Award alongside the best way.
Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper established himself as one of many period’s most enjoyable and thought-provoking artists by means of his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Merciless World. Hailed for his socially aware lyricism and soulful mix of people, alt-rock, roots, and blues, the younger artist continued to construct momentum with such best-selling titles as 1999’s Burn to Shine (that includes the hit “Steal My Kisses”), 2003’s Diamonds on the Inside and 2006’s Each Sides of the Gun.
Now a three-time Grammy winner, Harper has launched 17 studio albums (many along with his band, The Harmless Criminals) whereas he has collaborated with the likes of Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur (as Fistful of Mercy), Toots and the Maytals, Natalie Maines and Mavis Staples.
All through his almost six-decade-long profession, Blues Corridor of Famer and harmonica virtuoso, Charlie Musselwhite, has remained one of the crucial revered musicians in his style, with a catalog that now spans over 40 solo and collaborative albums. Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, the Grammy-winning artist started his profession in Chicago, the place he established himself as a key determine within the ’60s blues revival scene – rising alongside the likes of Paul Butterfield, Buddy Man and Junior Wells.
After releasing his seminal 1967 debut, Stand Again! Right here Comes Charley Musselwhite’s Southside Band, Musselwhite relocated to San Francisco – turning into a fixture within the counterculture scene and increasing his repertoire far past the blues. Through the years, the in-demand blues icon has labored with a broad vary of artists, together with Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Cyndi Lauper and Eddie Vedder.
Musselwhite and Harper first crossed paths in 1996, after they had been each on the invoice at Australia’s Byron Bay Blues Competition. Harper, then a rising star, had lengthy admired the harmonica participant and requested for an introduction. The musicians hit it off immediately and, a 12 months later, discovered themselves in a session collectively alongside one of many blues’ most essential figures, John Lee Hooker.
The elder bluesman recruited Musselwhite – a lifelong good friend – and Harper to carry out his traditional “Burnin’ Hell” for his 1998 album, The Better of Pals. After that preliminary challenge, Harper and Musselwhite continued to collaborate – on stage, in addition to within the studio, with Harper guesting on Musselwhite’s Grammy-nominated 2004 album, Sanctuary, and Musselwhite becoming a member of Harper on bonus tracks for Each Sides of the Gun. Lastly, in 2012, the celebs aligned for the 2 artists to launch a full album collectively.
Produced by Harper, alongside Chris Goldsmith (Dan Hicks & His Scorching Licks, The Blind Boys of Alabama) and engineer Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, The Residing Sisters), the timeless album blended the Delta and Chicago traditions of blues with gospel, roots, nation and R&B. Joined by guitarist Jason Mozersky, bassist Jesse Ingalls and drummer Jordan Richardson, the duo recorded ten tracks – all of which had been written or co-written and sung by Harper.
Every music paints a vivid portrait of feelings – from the heated “I Don’t Imagine a Phrase You Say” and the impassioned “Blood Aspect Out” to the coy honky-tonk of “She Received Kick.” One other spotlight is the swaggering “I’m In I’m Out and I’m Gone,” which Harper as soon as known as “one of many crown jewels of the album,” including that it “incorporates one of many best harmonica solos in historical past.” The defiant title monitor, in the meantime, is pushed by an irresistible bass groove and sparse – but highly effective – instrumentation. Chatting with the monitor on the time of launch, Musselwhite famous, “Actual blues has depth and substance.… Extra than simply music, [these songs] are reflections of life.”
Get Up! was first launched in January 2013 and have become an prompt vital and business sensation. Along with debuting atop Billboard’s Blues Albums chart, Get Up! entered the Billboard 200 at No.27 and was a Prime 10 album on the Rock chart, whereas “You Discovered One other Lover (I Misplaced One other Buddy)” was licensed Gold by the RIAA.
The album additionally earned prime marks from the likes of Mojo, Rolling Stone, and the BBC, the latter of which declared that it “units the usual for Twenty first-century blues.” PopMatters known as the album “a wedding made in blues heaven.” The next 12 months, Get Up! earned a Grammy for Finest Blues Album.
After the success of Get Up!, which marked Musselwhite’s twenty ninth LP and Harper’s eleventh, the musicians reunited in 2018 for a follow-up, No Mercy on this Land. Along with their celebrated collaborations, each artists have remained busy with their respective solo careers. At 79 years previous, Musselwhite reveals no indicators of slowing down and is having fun with his standing as a blues legend. Final 12 months, he launched his newest album, Mississippi Son. Harper, in the meantime, launched Extensive Open Mild in June. That includes the only “Yard Sale” with Jack Johnson, Extensive Open Mild marks the singer-songwriter’s seventeenth studio album.
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