You Found Another Lover - Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite

from the album Get Up! (2013)

I am in Memphis this week, supporting a good friend who is competing in the International Blues Challenge.  The drive put me in striking distance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Who could imagine that such a small town could fill the world with its sweet soul music?  Then I crossed into Mississippi, where the ghosts of Muddy Waters, R.L. Burnside, and Elvis Presley are never far away. Finally, I am walking in Memphis, hallowed ground for the music lover.

To make things sweeter, I arrive on the day that the revived Stax Records releases Get Up!, a new album from Ben Harper with blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite.

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite have been flirting with a record since first hooking up as sidemen on a John Lee Hooker record a decade or so ago.  Persistence paid off with this record.  The song I've been digging most is You Found Another Lover.

I gravitate towards the more acoustic side of Ben Harper.  I think it because of the connection his voice makes with my spirit.  It has a soulful authenticity that really shines on acoustic numbers.  Amping down the volume also allows you to fully appreciate the lyrics.  In this song, he laments a newly departed love as he "sits here in a daze, wishing I could change my ways", the chorus of "you found another lover, and I've lost another friend" has a beautiful touch when sung with his honeyed falsetto.

Add in the harmonica work of Charlie Musselwhite and I am in heaven.  Charlie Musselwhite has played with everyone from Muddy Waters to Bonnie Raitt.  He has a signature tone that you can pick out in just a few notes.  On this record, it is the perfect compliment to Ben Harper.

Click Here to listen to the album version.

Click Here to watch them play the song I Don't Believe A Word You Say off the record.  I love the video footage.

Click Here to watch Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite talking about their new record.


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