This song has been running through my head today, since I’m on high alert for April Fools day! If you haven’t checked out the collaboration between Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, you must! Get Up! is an album of original songs written (and sang) by Harper and performed alongside Musselwhite’s gritty harmonica. This is one of my favorite albums of the year so far!
It’s been way too long since I’ve done one of these… here are a few things that have caught my ear recently: Death Cab for Cutie is coming out with Codes and Keys at the end of May and I think the single sounds quite solid. Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros has gone solo with a new album simply called, Alexander and the sound is surprisingly fresh. Three brothers from Texas – Los Lonely Boys – are out with a new album called Rockpango, and while we’ll have to wait until May 17th to hear the entire new album from Ben Harper, we’ve got a taste with the rocking single – “Rock ‘N Roll is Free.”
Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison, and Joseph Arthur got together to form this new supergroup, who’s debut album (As I Call You Down) is being very well received. Here’s the twangy, stomping, catchy single, “Father’s Son”:
Robert Randolph and the Family Band w/ Ben Harper – “If I Had My Way”
This song is a cover of a classic recorded by Blind Willie Johnson way back when. I think this version is simply DYNAMITE! We’ve been playing it on mvy and every time I hear it I love it more. You can find it on Robert Randolph’s new album, We Walk This Road. Check it out: