Ben Harper fans got an unexpected treat in LA Sunday when Charlie Musselwhite sat in with Ben & The Innocent Criminals during an intense sold-out show at the Music Box at the Fonda Theater.
Musselwhite is the legendary harmonica player who, with his Southside
Chicago cool and slicked back look, inspired Dan Akroyd's Blues Brother
character. Charlie was called out midway in the set and later for the encore, jamming with Ben and his band on two unreleased Harper originals, "Dressed in Black" and "Gather Around the Stone." He also played and sang with Ben on "Homeless Child," a Harper song that Charlie recorded on his 2004 Grammy-nominated release,
SANCTUARY (Real World Records).
Musselwhite, Harper and the Innocent Criminals first teamed up in the
Studio together along with John Lee Hooker on Hooker's BEST OF FRIENDS album. Then on Charlie's SANCTUARY, Harper performed on both the title track and "Homeless Child." Since then they have played together a few times, including as part of Ben's three night run in Paris last November. The amazing connection between the two artists will continue as Charlie has now joined Ben's tour for the next seven dates (through the July 27 show at New York City's Irving Plaza), after which Musselwhite has to jump ship for European commitments of his own.
CHARLIE MUSSEWHITE with BEN HARPER for the follwing DATES
07/21/05 THU The Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
07/22/05 FRI Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
07/23/05 SAT Kool Haus Toronto, ON
07/25/05 MON 9:30 Club Washington, DC
07/26/05 TUE Avalon Boston, MA
07/27/05 WED Irving Plaza New York, NY