05.14.11 NPR Weekend Edition Interview with Ben Harper

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NPR Weekend Edition Interview with Ben Harper

You can listen to NPR's Weekend Edition interview with Ben Harper here:

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&...

You can also download the interview & read excerpts here:

http://www.npr.org/2011/05/15/136285421/ben-harper-me-myself-and-i?ps=mh...

Ben Harper: Me, Myself And I
by NPR Staff

May 15, 2011 Ben Harper's soulful voice is unmistakable. His unique folk and blues style has won him worldwide acclaim, as well as two Grammys. Since releasing his first album in 1994, Harper has incorporated his signature sound into collaborative projects in gospel, R&B and rock.

Most of his work in the past few years has been with backing bands the Relentless7 and The Innocent Criminals, or with his side project Fistful of Mercy. On his latest release, however, Harper is flying solo.
"I've always based and gauged whether or not my records would be band or solo by feel and timing, and it felt like the right time," Harper tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen. "The songs felt lyrically like they were leaning towards it being a solo record." more»

05.11.11 Q&A: Ben Harper

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Q&A: Ben Harper

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/qa-ben-harper/story-fn6ccx45-1226054015763

Q&A: Ben Harper Kathy McCabe From: National Features May 11, 2011

IT ONLY takes a pebble to bring down the roots-rock king, writes Kathy McCabe.
You pulled a bit of a surprise at Bluesfest. Everyone was expecting Relentless7 and you rocked up with the Innocent Criminals.

I was a bit surprised. I think there was a miscommunication because I had asked it to be billed just as "Ben Harper", so it could go either way.

Is that the same reason your new record Give Till It's Gone is credited as just a Ben Harper album?

Yeah, that's an offshoot of that. My first record on Virgin (EMI) was called Welcome To The Cruel World and this is my last EMI record. It just made sense to go out as I came in.

Why is it your last record with EMI?

It was a 10-record contract and I've made it to the end of that particular line.

Ten records in about 17 years, right?

Isn't that crazy?

You would be one of the very few artists in the world right now to have made 10 records with the one label.

In the blink of an eye, too. So quick. more»

05.10.11 Ben Harper Interview

by kevin

Ben Harper Interview

Here is an interesting interview with Ben from Italy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daE9BabH1bU