05.17.11 Ben Harper: On writing, recording…and Ringo

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Ben Harper: On writing, recording…and Ringo

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Ben Harper: On writing, recording…and Ringo
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by Jazz Lewis 05/17/11 Themusicnetwork.com

For album number ten, Give Till It’s Gone, Harper moved away from his comfort zone in more ways than one, co-writing tracks with Ringo Starr, and utilising the considerable skills of music great Jackson Browne, whose LA studio housed the recording sessions. Working with these musical greats allowed Harper to steer clear of a formulaic style of record making, a trap he seems determined to avoid. more»

05.15.11 Give Till It's Gone: A Conversation with Ben Harper

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Give Till It's Gone: A Conversation with Ben Harper

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Give Till It's Gone: A Conversation with Ben Harper

Posted: 05/16/11
Mike Ragogna.Radio Personality on Solar Powered KRUU-FM, Music Biz Vet
Transcribed by Ryan Gaffney

A Conversation with Ben Harper

Mike Ragogna: How are you, sir?

Ben Harper: Good. How are you, sir?

MR: I'm pretty good. Ben, you have a new album, Give Till It's Gone, and it features your single, "Rock 'N' Roll Is Free."

BH: Oh, yes.

MR: Can you tell us the story behind, "Rock 'N' Roll Is Free"? more»

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:

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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»