07.15.12 Ben Harper Producing Natalie Maines Album

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Ben Harper Producing Natalie Maines Album

According to this article:


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»

07.03.12 Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite album entitled 'Get Up' coming Jan. 2013 (Vancouver Sun interview)

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Ben Harper breaks free

By Francois Marchand, Vancouver SunJuly 3, 2012 2:49 PM

Ben Harper is saving the hammer for Walmart.

Reached via phone in Santa Monica recently, the Grammy-winning roots-rock singer-songwriter was debating whether he would make an appearance at a planned demonstration against the building of a new Walmart store in the heart of Los Angeles’s Chinatown.

The gathering generated quite a bit of media attention and was being directed by his good friend Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine fame), with whom Harper recently recorded protest song Save The Hammer For The Man.

“It’s historic Chinatown,” Harper said. “

I love it down there. It’s a special place with a special feel, it’s rich in historic value, and it should be preserved. Part of that preservation should be not allowing a Walmart there. There are so many other places it can go. Let’s not even get into free trade and labour laws.” more»

07.02.12 Ben Harper Teams Up With Rickie Lee Jones for New Cover Album

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Ben Harper Teams Up With Rickie Lee Jones for New Cover Album

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By Katie King

Ben Harper Teams Up With Rickie Lee Jones for New Cover Album

Grammy-winning recording veteran Rickie Lee Jones has teamed up with Ben Harper on her new album of covers.

Titled The Devil You Know, Harper produced the album in its entirety, in addition to supplying one of the covers Jones reworked for it. This is not the first time the pair has worked together, as Harper contributed vocals to a track off her last album, 2009’s Balm in Gilead.

The Devil You Know is due out Aug. 28 through Concord Records. You can check out the tracklist below.

1. Sympathy for the Devil (by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
2. Masterpiece (by Ben Harper)
3. The Weight (by Robbie Robertson)
4. St. James Infirmary (traditional folksong)
5. Comfort You (by Van Morrison)
6. Reason to Believe (by Tim Hardin)
7. Play With Fire (by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, William Wyman, Robert Charles Watts, Brian Jones)
8. Seems Like a Long Time (by Theodore Anderson)
9. Catch the Wind (by Donovan Leitch) more»