01.23.13 Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite playing Doheny Blues Festival
01.22.13 Preview "Get Up!" with exclusive full album stream on iTunes and Leno performance
Starting today, 'Get Up!,' (Stax/Concord) the new album from Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, will stream in its entirety for one week exclusively on iTunes. Fans will also be able to pre-order the album leading up to the US release on January 29. Stream the new album on iTunes for free here.
Tonight, Ben and Charlie will perform "I Don't Believe A Word You Say" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Upcoming shows include a sold-out NYC CD release show at Irving Plaza on January 29 and a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (schedule below). More dates will soon be announced.
Rolling Stone's 3.5 STAR lead review, on sale now, gushes: "In Musselwhite, Harper has found a kindred spirit: an understated virtuoso able to push past tradition without losing himself. They've made a set that feels timeless and right on schedule — a reminder that great blues records are, alas, always timely." In a pair of 4-star reviews, Uncut called the album "excellent," while MOJO proclaimed, "[Musselwhite's] tender harmonica beautifully counterpoints Harper's bruised, emotionally charged vocals."
2013 U.S. & CANADA TOUR DATES:
1/29 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/01 — Toronto, Canada @ Danforth Music Hall
3/02 — Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/03 — Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
4/27 — New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/18 & 19 — Doheny Blues Festival, Dana Point, CA
"The first great album of 2013" — No Depression
"Get Up! is a rural blues tutorial, 10 stark and stripped-down songs ranging from gut bucket laments to gospel tinged tracks…won't leave a dry eye in the house." — Billboard
"A powerful mix of blues, gospel, roots, and R&B." — American Songwriter
"A successful combination of two talented veterans feeding off each other's dusky, creative spirit." — All Music