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Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, KXCI Presents!

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Back in 2013 Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite released the collaborative album Get Up!, which earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album the following year. Now five years later the pair have reunited and put out the follow-up, No Mercy In This Land, via ANTI- Records. The 10-track effort, “Recounts both Ben and Charlie’s personal stories and adds to the sonic history of American struggle and survival.”

“Provides further evidence that this pair should work together more often” – AllMusic

“Harper’s background in soul, folk, rock, gospel, and funk, along with Musselwhite’s darker edged swampy Chicago and Delta blues creates a swirling, simmering rootsy concoction that’s organically charged” – American Songwriter

“There’s no audible generation gap on “No Mercy in This Land,” just a pair of kindred souls who know how to make great music” – Associated Press

“Harper’s subtle slide guitar and Musselwhite’s aching harp are accentuated with a few roadhouse rhythms here and there, balancing the album on that thin line of sadness and exuberance that the best blues music evokes” – Paste Magazine

“’No Mercy in this Land’ has all of the soulful, jittery energy and pure blues power of two equally inspiring friends in awe of each other” – Relix

“Ben Harper has put in some work. He has had a long and substantive career giving releasing one quality album after another. Old fans love it and his work gathers new fans into the fold at every turn. Why? Because quality and honesty are hard to find. Sincerity and vision are a scarcity in a musical landscape littered with the benign and ordinary.” – American Blues Scene

“Harper and Musselwhite sound as if they’ve been playing together for a lifetime; the songwriting and playing set ‘No Mercy in This Land’ in a category by itself, and it’s not too early to say that this is one of the best albums of the year.” – Living Blues Magazine

“Through it all, the duo creates a thrilling performance that melds Harper’s unique slide guitar with Musselwhite’s signature harmonica along both of their purely soulful vocal deliveries.” – Billboard

 

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