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

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


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':


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

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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»