The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to record Get Up!, slated for release by Stax Records/Concord Music Group in late-January 2013. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper, Get Up! is his 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011’s Give Till It’s Gone.
“Charlie and I have been looking to making this record for over 10 years and now that we’ve gotten to it, I can’t wait to play it live,” says Harper.
“Ben and I really locked in, personally and musically, when we recorded with John Lee Hooker,” adds Musselwhite. “Ever since then we wanted to record together, and being in the studio together is just a natural. You can hear it and feel it in the music on Get Up!”
A mix of blues, gospel, roots and R&B, the album features 10 musical character studies, rendered in cinematic detail, all written or co-written by Harper. Musselwhite’s searing point/counter-point harmonica accentuates Harper’s vocals throughout Get Up!, tying its songs together into a cohesive musical whole. The band, including guitarist Jason Mozersky, bassist Jesse Ingalls, and drummer Jordan Richardson—along with Harper on vocals, guitar and slide guitar—plays with economical grit.
Get Up! is scheduled for release on January 29, 2013.
Photo credit: Danny Clinch