Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

At first glance, an observer might think, a popular African-American musician is championing a much lesser-known white blues artist — we’ve come a long way since the days of Eric Clapton shining a light on Muddy Waters. But the truth is, singer-songwriter-guitarist Ben Harper and blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite share some common ancestry — both men are part Cherokee. And more importantly, both men share a passion for the blues. Most readers likely know Harper, but if you’re not familiar with Musselwhite, he’s one of the few living legends from the heyday of the blues: He was a longtime friend and collaborator with John Lee Hooker, and has played with everyone from Big Joe Williams, Mike Bloomfield and Tom Waits to Kenny Burrell, Bonnie Raitt and Doc and Merle Watson. (He’s also reportedly the inspiration for Elwood Blues, Dan Aykroyd’s character in The Blues Brothers.) Earlier this year, Harper and Musselwhite released the well-received collaboration Get Up!, and if the title track is any indication, this should be one of the best blues events of the year. 

—Jack Silverman

Sat, Sep 14 | 8:00 PM
Ryman Auditorium
$34.50 - $59.50
[Venue Details]

Ben Harper

Claremont CA  |  Rock



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