Win Tickets ($88): Maryhill Winery Summer Concerts Presents Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite | Electric Blues, Rock, Country, Folk

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Maryhill Winery Summer Concerts Presents Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite on August 25. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, August 17.


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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
August 25, 2018
7 pm. | $44-$84 | All Ages
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Maryhill Winery
9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, WA 98620

There’s a moment in the title song of the new Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite album called No Mercy In This Land. A mere few seconds that powerfully capture the friendship and unique collaboration between the two storied musicians. The music, a primal and intimate blues, stops with the exception for a sustained organ note. Musselwhite, survivor and harmonica virtuoso, cohort of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter in the early sixties, life nearly ended by alcohol and other maladies, leans in and delivers the lines, “Father left us down here all alone, my poor mother is under a stone. With an aching heart and trembling hands, is there no mercy in this land.” And with those words, that weary voice, you can hear it all – the highs and lows, the adventures, the sadness and all the loss.

“I never asked Ben about the lyrics,” Charlie reflects, “but my mom was a single mom and I was an only child. And the line, ‘my poor mother is under a stone,’ well, she was murdered. So she’s gone and she’s under a stone. This is personal to me. It’s the essence of blues. People talk about the blues from an academic standpoint, but to me it’s about feeling. And that feeling there is pure. That song moves me every time.”

Ben says the two never discussed the meaning of the lyrics. “It’s fragile territory what he went through with his mom,” Ben says. “I was scared to bring that to him, because I know what happened. And that line, it’s me being affected by my friend and what happened to him. With Charlie, some things I pick up on are spoken and some are unspoken, but we know a lot about each other. But the deepest part of our friendship doesn’t need to be said. “No Mercy In This Land,” that song is for Charlie. “It’s gotta hurt sometimes. I take this shit seriously.”

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99 Responses to Win Tickets ($88): Maryhill Winery Summer Concerts Presents Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite | Electric Blues, Rock, Country, Folk

  1. Tracy July 3, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    What a perfect pairing! these two, the music and the winery! I would love to go

    • KathR July 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

      Love these folks & love the winery!

    • KR July 10, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

      Perfect spot for fun!

  2. Sherry Schwenderlau July 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm #


  3. Sherry July 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm #


  4. Devin July 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Wine and Electric Blues?? A perfect paring of my two favorite things! Winning tickets to this would make my summer!!

  5. Sam July 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Love me some Ben Harper. Live from Mars is my fav.

  6. Kaylee July 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Amazing concert at an amazing venue!

  7. Michelle July 3, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    Yes please!

  8. Amber B. July 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Hell yeah!

  9. Kai July 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    Just one word…PLEASE?!?

  10. Kristen F July 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

    Awesome lineup!

  11. Cheree July 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    A perfect way to introduce my daughter to local wine while enjoying music and making lasting memories together.

  12. Kimberly Kahoot July 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    Yes please!! The height of summer, great tunes, something amazing in the glass…life is great in the PNW!

  13. Jamie July 3, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    Please and thank you!

  14. Amanda B July 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    A wonderful venue to end the summer before returning to school in advance of the students.

  15. cassi July 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    I’ve never been to this winery-this would be great!

  16. coleman July 3, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    This would ba a GREAT anniversary activity!!! My wife would love this!

  17. Veronica M July 3, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    This August will be my first wedding anniversary with my musician husband! What a perfect way to celebrate! Support the Arts!!

  18. Ed July 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Just heard this will be the LAST concert here, what a great way to celebrate!

  19. Andy July 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    Send my body and soul to Maryhill

  20. Megan July 3, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    Ohhhh yes please :)

  21. Jenn July 3, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    OMG this would be fantastic!! :)

  22. Molli Taylor July 4, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    maryhill is such a beautiful venue, and i really love country and folk music.

  23. Cory July 4, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Last show!!!!!!

  24. Thomas Lunsford July 5, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Ben Harper and good wine! Make me a happy man:)

  25. Tracy July 5, 2018 at 11:14 am #

    Looks amazing!

  26. Tina July 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  27. Laura July 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    Ben Harper is amazing!

  28. Teresa July 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    I love Ben Harper! This would be perfect!

  29. Emily July 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    This sounds like a lovely evening! Please consider me :)

  30. Thomas July 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    Good music and wine! That’s what I call a good time.

  31. Joey July 5, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    Always have to steal my kisses from PDX Pipeline.

  32. Anna Riscoe July 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    Pretty please?

  33. Judi July 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm #


  34. Josh July 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    Would love to see Ben Harper at this beautiful venue.

  35. Viktoria Strommer July 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    Love Maryhill

  36. Deidre Wallace July 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

    I cant think of a more beautiful setting for an end if summet, end if venue concert.

  37. Deidre Wallace July 5, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    I cant think of a more beautiful setting for an end of summer end of venue concert.
    (If only I could spell!)

  38. Cheryl July 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    I wanna win because, “I take this shit seriously.”

  39. Julie D July 5, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    These guys are the real deal. I would love to go see Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite at Maryhill Winery.

  40. Jennifer July 6, 2018 at 9:30 am #

    This sounds fantastic! :)

  41. Jen July 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    Would love to hear them in person!

  42. John Kuk July 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

    Ben Harper… Takes me back to when weed was still illegal… Take me there PDX pipeline

  43. Amy Robideaux July 7, 2018 at 8:58 am #

    Never been to any of the wineries in WA… And my fiance is a huge Ben Harper fan! This would MAKE our summer

  44. Jon Oswald July 7, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    These guys are great and I love both of their albums together. Going to this show would be tight! I’ve never been to a show at the Maryhill Winery either :)

  45. Christopher R Watson July 7, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    i’ve been a fan of Ben for almost 20 years. it would be amazing to see him in a local small venue :)

  46. Charlie Y. July 7, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

    Charlie is an icon of Delta Blues music. He and Ben pair like (Maryhill) wine & (Tillamook) cheese. Should be a great end of Summer event. Blues music is always a cathartic way to help purge one’s soul.

  47. Tanya Cole July 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    A bright light during dark times, winning tickets would be a much needed break! Great music at a beautiful venue I’ve always wanted to visit.

  48. Debbie Porter July 7, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    This will be a perfect end of summer event!

  49. Julia July 8, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

    This would be awesome!

  50. sara July 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

    yes please

  51. Kurt July 8, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Would be a great date night…Ben Harper at Maryhill!

  52. Sarah B July 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    Me please!!!

  53. Bogdan July 9, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    I hear Maryhill Winery is beautiful, so I’d really love to have a chance to attend this.

  54. Paul July 9, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    To be high above the Columbia while sipping delectable wines and listening to Ben Harper live on my birthday would be magical!

  55. Cheyenne Terbrueggen July 10, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    It’s been years since I’ve visited Maryhill. I’d drive across three states to see Ben Harper.

  56. Julia July 10, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    It’s not Spanish Red Wine, but it’s close.

  57. Sherry Walker July 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    My husband and I have lived in Portland for 20plus yrs and never been to the Maryhill Winery. Driven past it many times and it looks beautiful. We would love the opportunity to come to a concert there since we both love music and wine.

  58. Angie July 10, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

    The dream collection of Incredible talent, a beautiful setting, delicious beverages, and fantastic friends. <3

  59. Teresa Newton July 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    I first saw Ben Harper in Santa Cruz, California. It was also the last time because he broke into the mainstream music scene and I could no longer afford his concert tickets. He’s amazing. His music takes me out of myself and into another world. Charlie Musselwhite is a LEGEND. Together? I think I’d swoon.

  60. Therese Long July 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    Alright! Bring it on summer!

  61. Anne July 10, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    What an awesome way to spend a Saturday summer evening! Would love to go to this!

  62. Heidi July 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    I love them, would love to go!! Great venue and great musicians!

  63. Alexis Braly james July 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    Ben Harper!!! My all time favorite man crush.

  64. Joseph Nguyen July 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Would be super cool to attend this concert!

  65. Robin July 10, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Woohoo!!! Yes please!

  66. Carly July 10, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Ben, Charlie and Maryhill…Sounds like an amazing trio that should not be missed!

  67. Denise Dunlavy July 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    I would love to see this show!!

  68. Roni July 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    This would be the best!! Yes please!!

  69. Brittany Sullivan July 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Love this venue

  70. Katie July 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve never been to Maryhill, and I think it’s about time!

  71. Cherie Conner July 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go and experience the beauty of the Columbia river, listening to beautiful music while enjoying great glass of wine

  72. jenny July 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

    Yes please!

  73. Mark July 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    Never seen a band like these guys in a winery. Would love to surprise my wife with a night out.

  74. Natalie July 10, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    I have heard this is a gorgeous location and great music. Pick me!

  75. Tara Hale July 10, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    My friends are all having international adventures this summer, and I can’t afford a trip. I’d love to be able to go to a fun show like this!

  76. Lena July 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    Would looooooooooove to go to this!!

  77. Jon July 10, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

    It is a shame that this show will likely be the last concert at the Maryhill Winery amphitheater. I would love to take my wife to experience Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite together at such a spectacular venue.

  78. Collin Foster July 10, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

    If only Mr. Harper could play the harp…but wait… he found someone to do it for him!

  79. Eddy G July 11, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    The reason I want to attend Is “With an aching heart and trembling hands”,we will be staring the end of the summer concert Season directly in the eyes, “is there no mercy in this land.”
    Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, WOW what a fantastic event.
    This is one I really want to win! but if I don’t I understand “It’s gotta hurt sometimes”
    Dam blue just thinking ’bout that. : )

  80. kari July 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    Awesome venue, would be a great anniversary gift for us!

  81. Michelle July 11, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    I love wine and I love Ben Harper. Pick me!

  82. William Dollarhide July 12, 2018 at 1:41 am #

    Fantastic! I would love to go with my son!!

  83. Karl Rusterholtz July 12, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    I grew up sneaking into Blues Alley in Memphis, TN, back in the 70s. Blues always touched a nerve for me. I’m seen many of the greats perform live, but never Ben Harper or Charlie Musselwhite. This would be a fantastic exclamation mark on my Blues-around-the-Country timeline.

  84. Sonny July 12, 2018 at 11:27 am #

    Would love to enjoy a summer night with some great music. :)

  85. CHRIS MILLER July 12, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Maryhill winery is very cool. I’d like to see a concert

  86. Ryan July 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    Ben Harper and wine sounds like a brownie point earning kind of date!

  87. Chris Johnson July 12, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    Never been to Maryhill and I’m overdue for some Ben. Yes please.

  88. Roy Nifoussi July 12, 2018 at 11:49 pm #

    Two fabulous musicians and a great setting (with delicious wines). Would be a great time.

  89. Christina July 13, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    Love Marryhill! Sounds like fun!

  90. Delaney July 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Would love to go to an event like this. Wine plus music is always a good idea!

  91. rae July 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    Ben Harper has been an all time fave of mine! Would love to win!

  92. Tim July 13, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    My sister introduced me to the groovy sounds of Ben Harper while vacationing at the Oregon coast in Pacific City. The marriage of the surf, sun, Cape Kiwanda and Ben made for the perfect vacation!

  93. Randolph A Fix July 13, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    Love wine and music

  94. Nicola July 13, 2018 at 10:42 pm #

    These tickets would make the best Bestie getaway! Ben Harper is amazing in smaller venues!

  95. Danielle July 14, 2018 at 1:14 am #

    This will be such a great show.

  96. Brett Welches July 14, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    So heres the deal, 2 or 3 years ago I had tix for Ben Harper out at edgefield. I literally put it on my calendar for the wrong date and we missed the show! I would love the opportunity again. And Im gonna burn one down regardless.

  97. John Hale July 16, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Asking for a little mercy in this land filled with aching hearts and trembling hands. Pick me up from underneath this heavy stone which is a burden onto me and set me free with tickets for Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite please.

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