06.14.11 Fez Festival Review & Pictures

by kevin

Fez Festival Review & Pictures

I found this great review & pictures of Ben's performance at the Fez Festival in Morocco:

http://riadzany.blogspot.com/2011/06/ben-harper-closes-fez-festival-in-s...

THE VIEW FROM FEZ

Observations from the Medina of Fez in Morocco

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Ben Harper Closes the Fez Festival in Style

"I made it here. I made it here. Now my life can begin." - Ben Harper

For those few in the audience who had wondered how Ben Harper would fit into the spirit of a "sacred music festival" - the answer was "beautifully". From the moment he walked on stage and said "shukran" (thank you) to the last fading chord, Harper had Fez in the palm of his hand. His Moroccan t-shirt was hugely popular with the audience and his music even more so.

To the surprise of some, Ben Harper elected to do a mixed set - acoustic, soul, gospel, rock. What he delivered was perfect for the Fez Festival and confirmed why Harper is considered musical royalty in France. Yet there was no ego on display. When he ripped out a solo on slide or acoustic guitar, it was because the music demanded it, not the musician. more»

06.01.11 Tom Morello to Release New Nightwatchman CD featuring Ben Harper on August 30th

by kevin

Tom Morello to Release New Nightwatchman CD featuring Ben Harper on August 30th

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morello-to-release-new-nightw...

Tom Morello to Release New Nightwatchman CD in August
Rage Against The Machine is also rumored to be prepping something for their 20th anniversary

By Andy Greene
June 1, 2011 5:05 PM ET

Tom Morello's alter-ego the Nightwatchman is releasing his third studio LP, World Rebel Songs, on August 30th. While much of the previous work by the Nightwatchman has been acoustic, this record features a full electric band. THE DEBUT SINGLE, "SAVE THE HAMMER FOR THE MAN," FEATURES BEN HARPER ON GUITAR AND VOCALS. The disc hits stores on August 30th.

"Troubled times call out for troubled songs," Morello said in a statement. "World Wide Rebel Songs is an album of rousing hopelessness and this time the Nightwatchman has brought along his electric guitar to tip the scales." more»

06.01.11 Ben Harper shares the 25 things you don't know about him with Us Weekly

by kevin

Ben Harper shares the 25 things you don't know about him with Us Weekly

http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/25-things-you-dont-know-abo...

25 Things You Don't Know About Me: Ben Harper

Singer-songwriter Ben Harper, 41, (his new album, Give Till It's Gone, is out now) shares the 25 things you don't know about him with Us Weekly.

1. My great-, great-, great- etc. grandfather Samuel Chase signed the Declaration of Independence.

2. I listen to sports talk radio but haven't called in yet.

3. I have been a Lakers fan since the age of 9.

4. My family has owned a music store for more than 50 years called the Folk Music Center.

5. The first record I ever bought was Jimi Hendrix's Smash Hits.

6. I am from Claremont, California.

7. I unapologetically use words such as awesome, gnarly, richter and totally on a daily basis.

8. I will not go on to another book until I finish the book I'm reading, no matter how much I hate the book I'm reading.

9. I feel I may not make it to No. 25 without plagiarizing Dave Grohl's list of 25 Things.

10. I love Mexican food.

11. My mom plays and sings way better than I do. more»