Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Eager to Record Next Joint Album

"I'd go into the studio tonight," Harper tells RS, fresh off Grammy win

Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
January 29, 2014 11:00 AM ET

Ben Harper picked up his third Grammy at Sunday night's awards ceremony in Los Angeles, winning Best Blues Album for Get Up!, his collaboration with harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite. "Blues is something that I've devoted and committed my life to, and it's the sound that's in everything I do," Harper told Rolling Stone shortly after winning. "So this means more to me than I even wanted to admit."

Don't miss the Grammys' 25 best and worst moments

The duo are already talking of making another album together. Harper said excitedly: "I'd go into the studio tonight."

 "I'm ready. I'm so ready," said Musselwhite, gray hair slicked back, a smile below his pencil-thin mustache. The blues vet suggested the next record would expand on the first, not duplicate it. "Nothing happens again. It's going to be many steps up," he added. "Get Up! was a gentle introduction."

Harper has also just completed recording an album of duets with his mother, singer-songwriter Ellen Chase-Verdries. The 10-track record, Childhood Home, is all originals written by Harper and Chase-Verdries and will be released on Mother's Day.

"It's produced like early Elvis. Not one thing is plugged in. It's all acoustic," Harper said. "I think they're going to call it ‘Americana,' but it's soul, California, folk rock, American."

Until then, Harper and Musselwhite have more touring ahead in 2014, while they begin plotting their next collaboration in the studio. "I got irons in the fire. I can't not seize them," said Harper. "It's full steam ahead with Charlie. You have to let the writing dictate the direction, and right now it's blues."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

More Song Stories entries »