07.03.12 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite album entitled 'Get Up' coming Jan. 2013 (Vancouver Sun interview)

by kevin


Ben Harper breaks free

By Francois Marchand, Vancouver SunJuly 3, 2012 2:49 PM

Ben Harper is saving the hammer for Walmart.

Reached via phone in Santa Monica recently, the Grammy-winning roots-rock singer-songwriter was debating whether he would make an appearance at a planned demonstration against the building of a new Walmart store in the heart of Los Angeles’s Chinatown.

The gathering generated quite a bit of media attention and was being directed by his good friend Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine fame), with whom Harper recently recorded protest song Save The Hammer For The Man.

“It’s historic Chinatown,” Harper said. “

I love it down there. It’s a special place with a special feel, it’s rich in historic value, and it should be preserved. Part of that preservation should be not allowing a Walmart there. There are so many other places it can go. Let’s not even get into free trade and labour laws.” more»

07.02.12 Ben Harper Teams Up With Rickie Lee Jones for New Cover Album

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Ben Harper Teams Up With Rickie Lee Jones for New Cover Album

Photo by Myriam Santos


By Katie King

Ben Harper Teams Up With Rickie Lee Jones for New Cover Album

Grammy-winning recording veteran Rickie Lee Jones has teamed up with Ben Harper on her new album of covers.

Titled The Devil You Know, Harper produced the album in its entirety, in addition to supplying one of the covers Jones reworked for it. This is not the first time the pair has worked together, as Harper contributed vocals to a track off her last album, 2009’s Balm in Gilead.

The Devil You Know is due out Aug. 28 through Concord Records. You can check out the tracklist below.

1. Sympathy for the Devil (by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
2. Masterpiece (by Ben Harper)
3. The Weight (by Robbie Robertson)
4. St. James Infirmary (traditional folksong)
5. Comfort You (by Van Morrison)
6. Reason to Believe (by Tim Hardin)
7. Play With Fire (by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, William Wyman, Robert Charles Watts, Brian Jones)
8. Seems Like a Long Time (by Theodore Anderson)
9. Catch the Wind (by Donovan Leitch) more»

07.02.12 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have recorded an album together

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Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have recorded an album together

Here's an excerpt from an article about Charlie Musselwhite which mentions an album he's recorded with Ben:

"Musselwhite has just recorded an album with Ben Harper due for release in the northern winter, and they’ll be touring Australia together next year."

Here's a link to the article followed by the article in full:


Blues School Charlie Musselwhite

Up the pointy end of the fourth Sydney Blues & Roots Festival in Windsor this October, veteran American blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite is still at the top of his game, as Michael Smith discovers.

May 2011 saw veteran bluesman Charlie Musselwhite pick up two awards: Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year and Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica at the 32nd annual Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards, which were presented in Memphis. While he’s no stranger to awards, these were particularly sweet. more»