07.31.12 Ben Harper & Tony Hawk team up for Boards + Bands fundraising project

by kevin

Ben Harper & Tony Hawk team up for Boards + Bands fundraising project

http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/news/2012/06/27/old-skateboards-become...

Old Skateboards Become New Skateparks

Tony Hawk and top skaters team up with award-winning recording artists to benefit at-risk youth.

6/28/12 (Los Angeles, CA)

– What do pro skaters do with the boards they skate and destroy? They turn them into skateparks.

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper have come together to recruit their friends in the skate and music worlds for a very special project. A member of the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors, Harper conceived the idea to use pro skaters’ old decks to write song lyrics on and raise funds to build positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth.

“I've always felt that skateboards are one of the best canvases for art, and noticed that wear and tear only made them look cooler,” said Harper. “I was at Tony’s place and saw a note that a friend of Tony's had written on a board that had been skated. And being a musician and a skater, it just seemed obvious.” more»

07.19.12 Song Premiere: Rickie Lee Jones, 'Sympathy for the Devil' (Produced by Ben Harper)

by kevin

Song Premiere: Rickie Lee Jones, 'Sympathy for the Devil' (Produced by Ben Harper)

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/song-premiere-rickie-lee-jones-sy...

Song Premiere: Rickie Lee Jones, 'Sympathy for the Devil'

Covers album, 'The Devil You Know,' set for September 18th

Click to listen to Rickie Lee Jones' 'Sympathy for the Devil':

http://www1.rollingstone.com/hearitnow/player/rickieleejones.html

For over 30 years, singer Rickie Lee Jones has drawn critical acclaim for her ability to combine original songs with rousing covers. On her new album, the virtuosic performer has decided to set aside her songwriting hat for a bit. Set for release on September 18th, The Devil You Know will instead feature Jones' interpretation of songs by Neil Young, Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones and other rock legends.

According to Jones, the artistic decision has helped her rediscover her classic voice – as well as the songs themselves.

"This record takes me to a new place in my work, my art," the singer told Rolling Stone. "I've found another voice; it's a quieter one, older, perhaps, but more likely younger than I've ever been. [The songs] are like new again, and no one has ever heard them." more»

07.15.12 Ben Harper Producing Natalie Maines Album

by kevin

Ben Harper Producing Natalie Maines Album

According to this article:

http://diffuser.fm/natalie-maines-pink-floyd-mother-ben-harper/

Natalie Maines Covers Pink Floyd’s ‘Mother’ With Ben Harper
by: Jeff Giles

Ben Harper‘s tour rolled into Los Angeles last weekend, and he brought a special guest with him: Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, who joined the band to lend her vocals to a cover of Pink Floyd‘s ‘Mother.’

It might seem like a random live cameo, but Maines’ appearance is actually right in line with her current career plans, which include recording a solo album that’s currently being produced by Harper at his studio. As she told Howard Stern last month, “Ben has a studio and he’s just sort of facilitated this for me in a natural progression. I didn’t go in knowing what I was gonna do or that I was gonna make an album. I was just gonna go in and make some music, and it’s been fun.”

The Hollywood Reporter quotes a later tweet from Maines saying she’s “eight songs deep” in the album, and targeting “hopefully a spring release.” more»