Video Wall 10

Well, the thunder is rumbling, the rain is beating down and festivals anywhere near the sea are packing up early – a typical British summer. Maybe it’s best to stay at home and watch a few new videos. We’ll start with one from our good friends Merry Hell:

‘The Fire’ is a recent track by Jamie Freeman, written about the Grenfell disaster. Jamie has a new album, Dreams About Falling and is currently on tour.

The name of Roo Panes crops up on our pages quite frequently. ‘Warrior’ was written to support anti-slavery organisation, International Justice Mission.

Karine Polwart covers Big Country with her version of ‘Chance’ taken from her latest album, Scottish Songbook.

‘Flying Visit’ is the latest single by Ferris & Sylvester who have just announced a new headline tour.

Equal measures chaotic and comical is how the new single ‘No Fun’ by Declan Welsh And The Decadent West has been described. It’s released in advance of their debut album, Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold coming in October.

‘Uneven Days’ is the atmospheric new single by Ben Harper.

Finally, Elephant Sessions have just released the video of ‘Tyragarah’, the single released in support of World Elephant Day.

BEN HARPER AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE – No Mercy In This Land (Anti 7561-2)

No Mercy In This LandAn overdue follow-up to 2013’s Grammy Award-winning Get Up! sees Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite reunite, this time resulting in No Mercy In This Land. With nearly 50 albums between them, the collective credentials of this duo are really quite considerable; Ben Harper’s talents as a prolific singer-songwriter and gifted instrumentalist, have seen him scoop numerous awards throughout the last decade, while his partner in crime, the legendary harmonica player, Charlie Musselwhite is not only recognised as one of the premier performers of the 1960s blues revival, but was also (allegedly) the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd’s character in ‘Blues Brothers’.

On this recording, Harper and Musselwhite really seem in sync with one another, as the laid back, funky approach of Harper blends with the swampy harmonica wails of Musselwhite, making for a record of real blues with balls.

The first half of the album is mostly electric; opening with the Harper co-penned (almost ‘In the Pines’-esque) ‘When I Go’, followed by ‘Bad Habits’ and the particularly strong ‘Love and Trust’. With this track, the record see-saws between happiness and heartache; followed as such, by ‘The Bottle Wins Again’ then the lyrically quirky ‘Found the One’:

I found hay in a stack of needles/Four-leaf clover in a mile of weeds/Understands my downs/Puts up with my needs/Of everybody under the sun/I found the one”.

Yet again, as side two begins, we see-saw back to the heartache, with the reflective ‘When Love is Not Enough’ , followed by the Delta blues-esque ‘Trust You To Dig My Grave’ and the title track, where Musselwhite adds his vocals for the only time on the record; his lack of vocal input elsewhere feeling like the album’s only noteworthy shortcoming. While the first half of the album starts with a ‘big’ sound, side-B has a much more mellow feel to it, save only for ‘Movin’ On’, where the electricity kicks in again, before concluding on a more stripped back note with the appropriately titled ‘Nothing at All’.

It is not a particularly long album and the fact it is an enjoyable listen makes it feels even shorter again; and while it is a worthy sequel to the duo’s previous record, more importantly, it is a worthy record in its own right.

Christopher James Sheridan

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BEN HARPER AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE RELEASE LIVELY NEW SINGLE ‘FOUND THE ONE’ FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ‘NO MERCY IN THIS LAND’

Gearing up for the 30th March release of ‘No Mercy in This Land’, GRAMMY-Award winning artists BEN HARPER and CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE share a new track from the forthcoming album entitled “Found the One.” Dancing along to a bouncing, Bo Diddley-esque beat, the track is a jubilant and euphoric expression of love, with Ben singing of his luck in finding “the one.” ‘Found the One‘ further showcases the range of emotional depth fans can expect from the album, as it promises to take listeners on a sonic journey through Ben and Charlie’s personal stories of survival. ‘No Mercy in This Land‘ is available for preorder now and will include an IG download of ‘Found the One‘.

Found The One’ is a song about never giving up on finding true love. It’s a song about surrendering to love, getting out of loves way, and letting love do the heavy lifting,

” Harper says of the track. “It was also the one song written in the studio during the recording process of the record – Jason Mozersky started hammering out the main riff on guitar and Jimmy Paxson started coming up with this very unique drum pattern using his drum set along with, of all things, a metal trash can! So the two of them started making a wonderful racket and I immediately jumped out from behind the board. Right away, I knew we had to chase this idea down.”

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