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Friday, March 30th, 2018

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Release 'No Mercy In This Land'

Today, GRAMMY-Award winning artists BEN HARPER and CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE release their second collaborative album No Mercy in This Land, available NOW on ANTI-.

On Monday night, the pair made the national television debut of the album’s latest single “The Bottle Wins Again” on The Late Late Show with James Corden – watch the performance HERE:

Of the deeply personal track, Harper elaborates: “‘The Bottle Wins Again’ is a song about genetic and learned behavior. A song about traits inherited through the generations, blurring the actual choices one has, having a profound effect directly and indirectly on friends and loved ones. While alcohol is certainly a gateway drug, it’s also a gateway to a lot more alcohol. My father was brilliant. He used to empty out popcorn tins, then number and stack paper plates in them. With his perfect penmanship, these numerous tins were his journals in which he would write musings, poetry, thoughts and ideas. He loved the way the plates stacked and were instantly organized. Alcoholism is the disease which rendered my childhood for the most part fatherless. In a one room apartment, surrounded by empty wild turkey bottles and paper plates, alcoholism would eventually kill my dad at age 55. Cirrhosis of the liver. A deafening echo of unrealized potential. I haven’t had a drink in almost a year, and I’ve never felt better.”

The record has already begun receiving critical acclaim:

· “Both artists approach the music from different perspectives, which makes this collaboration so vibrant. 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

· “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

In addition to critical praise and fan anticipation of the record’s release, Ben & Charlie have discussed the album with CNN, ESPN SportsCenter, Forbes, Cheddar, SiriusXM, WTF with Marc Maron (airing April 12) and The Hollywood Reporter to shed more light on the project. On Wednesday night, the duo performed at the GRAMMY Museum after a Q&A with Scott Goldman, the museum’s executive director. Their performance of “Found The One” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – originally aired on March 7 – will re-air on April 3 at 11:35/10:35c on CBS.

The duo will celebrate the release by kicking off their 40+ date international tour in San Francisco, CA tonight, with a sold out two-night run at The Fillmore before taking the trek overseas for a string of European dates prior to returning to North America in May. For full details and information about the tour, please visit


*All dates and locations are subject to change.

Friday, March 30 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Saturday, March 31 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Tuesday, April 3 Glasgow, UK Oran Mor

Friday, April 6 Manchester, UK Academy 2

Saturday, April 7 London, UK Shepherds Bush Empire

Monday, April 9 Amsterdam, Holland Paradiso

Tuesday, April 10 Berlin, Germany Huxleys Neue Welt

Wednesday, April 11 Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall

Thursday, April 12 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Den Atelier

Saturday, April 14 Brussels, Belgium La Madeleine

Sunday, April 15 Brussels, Belgium La Madeleine

Tuesday, April 17 Paris, France La Cigale

Wednesday, April 18 Paris, France La Cigale

Friday, April 20 Paris, France La Cigale

Saturday, April 21 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France Musilac Mont-Blanc Festival

Monday, April 23 Milan, Italy Fabrique

Tuesday, April 24 Milan, Italy Fabrique

Wednesday, April 25 Geneva, Switzerland Salle des Fetes

Friday, April 27 Barcelona, Spain Barts

Saturday, April 28 Barcelona, Spain Barts

Monday, April 30 Lisbon, Portugal Aula Magna

Thursday, May 3 Madrid, Spain La Riveria

Monday, May 7 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

Tuesday, May 8 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

Wednesday, May 9 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

Saturday, May 12 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up

Sunday, May 13 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up

Tuesday, May 15 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up

Wednesday, May 16 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up

Monday, May 28 Toronto, ONT Mod Club

Tuesday, May 29 Toronto, ONT Mod Club

Wednesday, May 30 Toronto, ONT Mod Club

Friday, June 1 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

Saturday, June 2 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

Sunday, June 3 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair

Monday, June 4 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair

Thursday, June 7 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall

Friday, June 8 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

Saturday, June 9 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

Sunday, June 10 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom

Tuesday, June 12 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer

Wednesday, June 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Friday, June 29 Saskatoon, SK Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Sunday, July 29 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall

Monday, July 30 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall

Tuesday, July 31 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall

Wednesday, August 1 Saint Paul, MN Palace Theater

Friday, August 3 Denver, CO Gothic Theater

Saturday, August 4 Denver, CO Gothic Theater

Monday, August 20 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Tuesday, August 21 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Wednesday, August 23 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre

Thursday, August 24 Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Friday, August 25 Goldendale, WA Maryhill Winery & Amphitheater

Monday, August 27 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst

Tuesday, August 28 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst

Friday, September 14 Telluride, CO Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's artist page

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