Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite link up for Aussie tour
Blues heavyweights Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are joining forces to tour Australia this year.
Fresh off releasing their second joint album No Mercy in This Land, the legendary partnership will be bringing their eclectic style to audiences across the country in July, before taking to the stage at Splendour in The Grass in Byron Bay.
The American duo first released their debut effort Get Up! in 2013, which earned them the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.
While their partnership is very recent, both performers are extremely well-established within the world of Blues.
Musselwhite’s career began in the Sixties, and he has released over twenty albums along with being nominated for six Grammy Awards, and winning fourteen Blues Music Awards.
“Charlie is that very rare and hallowed place where blues past, present and future collide,” Ben said of his performance partner.
“He transforms notes into emotions that feel both hauntingly familiar and brand new, as if hearing them for the first time every time.
“He is a living legend whose harmonica playing should be beamed into outer space to search for other life forms.”
Ben Harper is no slouch himself, having put out twelve studio albums and won two Grammy Awards over an impressive career. It is clear there is a lot of respect between the two artists.
“On stage or in the studio – working with Ben holds the same excitement I experienced working with Chicago blues legends back in the day,” explains Charlie.
“I think it is safe to say that Ben has reinvented the Blues in a great way: playing modern while preserving the feel. I am honoured and privileged to be a participant in this project.”
Tickets for their tour are on sale from today.
BEN HARPER & CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE’S ‘NO MERCY IN THIS LAND’ 2018 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
Wednesday, 11 July – Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC
Saturday, 14 July – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
Monday, 16 July – Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA
Thursday, 19 July – Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
Sunday, 22 July – Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW