04.21.11 Ben Harper working on a new album with the Innocent Criminals & Bluesfest reunion

by kevin

Ben Harper working on a new album with the Innocent Criminals & Bluesfest reunion


Harper surprises Bluesfest with reunion

BEN Harper surprised a large crowd at the opening night of the 22nd annual Byron Bay Bluesfest by by reuniting his trailblazing band The Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2008.

Harper was billed to close the Mojo stage program last night with one of his other bands Relentless7, who played with him at his last Bluesfest performance in 2009.

''Hey Byron, we missed you,'' Harper said as he took the stage with The Innocent Criminals, before launching into a reggae version of With My Own Two Hands.

Speaking from the US before arriving in Australia, Harper promised his opening-night show would represent Ben Harper ''past, present and future'' and said he was working on a new album with Innocent Criminals.

He followed through on his promise with an all-encompassing set, mixing up styles and swapping from slide to acoustic and electric guitar for tracks including Ground on Down, Diamonds on the Inside and Burn One Down.

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04.16.11 2 Ben Harper Interviews From Australia- 1 Radio & 1 Print

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2 Ben Harper Interviews From Australia- 1 Radio & 1 Print

This is a very interesting 10 & 1/2 minute interview with Ben from an Australian radio program. Some of the topics Ben discusses include 'Give Till It's Gone' being his last record with Virgin Records/EMI, why it's a Ben Harper solo record, working with Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks , Bluesfest, the Innocent Criminals, Fistful of Mercy, and more. Here is a link to the interview:


Coast Music blog
Ben Harper: coming back for more Bluesfest
14 March 2011 , 10:18 AM by Tim Cox

Few acts have come to embody all that is good at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival - for both performers and fans alike - as Ben Harper. more»

04.16.11 Rolling Stone Video: Interview with Fistful of Mercy's Dhani Harrison

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Video: Fistful of Mercy's Dhani Harrison on Having Three Frontmen:


At the Coachella festival, Dhani Harrison talked to Rolling Stone about how much fun he's been having as a member of Fistful of Mercy, his band with songwriters Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur. "We don't always agree because it's three frontmen, but just kinda took our skateboards around America and just had a good laugh," he says. Harrison also discussed his ongoing collaborations with RZA, whom he befriended when the rapper wanted to use a sample from his father George's song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on a Wu-Tang Clan track.

POSTED: April 16, 9:35 AM ET | By Matthew Perpetua