01.09.13 Get Up! Review from Premier Guitar

by kevin

Get Up! Review from Premier Guitar

http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2013/Feb/Album_Review_Ben_Ha...

Album Review: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - "Get Up!"

Jason Shadrick

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Get Up!
Stax Records

For Ben Harper, the blues have always been within arm’s reach. His latest collaboration with bluesman Charlie Musselwhite,Get Up!, finally allows Harper the time and space to deal with the blues—on his terms. The two players first met during a session with boogie-king John Lee Hooker more than a decade ago and have been occasional collaborators since. Both Harper and Musselwhite seem to have a profound effect on the other. The gritty and soulful sound of Musselwhite’s harp adds authenticity to the group, while Harper’s songs give “Memphis” Charlie more than a 12-bar form to explore. more»

01.09.13 Natalie Maines album 'Mother' (produced by Ben Harper) due May 7

by kevin

Natalie Maines album 'Mother' (produced by Ben Harper) due May 7

01.09.13 Ben Harper interview from Hey Hey My My (Australian music blog)

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Ben Harper interview from Hey Hey My My (Australian music blog)

http://www.heyheymymy.com.au/2013/01/06/ben-harper/

Hey Hey My My
Music For Adults

Ben Harper

January 6, 2013 by Andrew Watt

Ben Harper is a regular visitor to Australia. This interview was conducted just before he toured here in solo mode in late 2012 and in March 2013 he’ll be back with a full band for Bluesfest.

AW: Last time you were here it was with Fistful Of Mercy, this time it is solo, and now you’ve been announced as doing Bluesfest with a full band. How important is it for you to keep changing things around to keep it interesting?

BH: For me it seems obvious and it’s vital. It seems like the natural thing for anybody whose made music for the length of time I have; it’s a necessity as much as something I want to do.

AW: You’ve got a lot of freedom to do that too. It’s not like you’ve been totally identified with being a member of a particular band like if you’d been in Radiohead or something! more»