Ben Harper live at Shepherds Bush Empire – 16 July 2013

BEN HARPER
Live at Shepherds Bush Empire – 16 July 2013
‘An Evening of The Blues’ with Charlie Musselwhite
New Album – Get Up! – Out Now

There’s always been an uncompromising visceral intensity to Ben Harper’s brand of blues-infused roots
music. This new album is no different in that respect but it benefits substantially from the synergy that
the potent presence of Charlie Musselwhite helps to create Mojo ****

Excellent team effort with veteran harp-master Charlie Musselwhite Uncut 8/10

Ben Harper has announced a rare UK live show for 16 July 2013 at London Shepherds Bush Empire. Billed as ‘An
Evening of The Blues’, the live show will feature renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite, with whom Harper
recorded his critically lauded new album Get Up! (out now).

A piercing song-cycle of struggle and heart, Get Up! drew effusive reviews from the likes of Mojo, Sunday Times Culture,
BBC and Uncut upon its UK release through Stax/Decca in early February of this year. The recording of Get Up! saw the
long-overdue fulfillment of a pact between Harper and Musselwhite to make a record together.
“Charlie and I have been looking to make this record for over ten years and now that we’ve gotten to it,” stated Harper, “I
can’t wait to play it live.”
“Ben and I really locked in, personally and musically, when we recorded with John Lee Hooker,” added, 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 striking mix of blues, gospel, roots and R&B, Get Up! features ten vivid musical character studies, skillfully rendered
in cinematic detail, all written or co-written by Harper. The politics of personal destruction is palpable on the opening
track “Don’t Look Twice,”: “I’m a living nervous habit/I tremble and I twitch/Keep on pulling at me/Like I’m some kind of
hanging stitch.” Likewise, a convict measures his prizefight with the truth as Harper growls in the title track: “Don’t tell
me I can’t break the law/Cause the law has broken me.” Finally, a ghostly soldier awaits his duty but laments the mind-
numbing futility of war in the haunting battle hymn “I Ride At Dawn,”: “Give a man a hundred years/He’ll want a hundred
more/Give him a hundred choices/And he still chooses war/From Salem poor to Genghis Khan/Tomorrow I ride at dawn.”

Charlie 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 Jason Mozersky, guitar; Jesse Ingalls, bass; Jordan
Richardson, drums; along with Ben Harper on vocals, guitar and slide guitar; plays with economical grit, lending the songs
true understanding and authority.

In 1994, Ben Harper released his first record Welcome to the Cruel World, marking his arrival as singer and songwriter of
substance and ambition. Two decades later, an artist in full creative command, he’s delivered an inspired work of purity
and depth.

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