05.14.11 NPR Weekend Edition Interview with Ben Harper

by kevin

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»

05.12.11 North American Tour

by lod0418

No love for the south this year... not fun.

05.12.11 Bluesfest request

by Julie Beesley

Hey Ben,

I was blessed to attend the recent Byron Bluesfest, and your performance on Thursday night was mind-blowing. I was then ever so fortunate to run into you at the Ballina Airport the following Tuesday. I told you that you were the highlight of my festival, and we hugged and it was such a special moment and capped off an absolutely incredible 5 days brimming with legendary musical artists, such as your good self.

I was listening to iTunes Original-Ben Harper today, where you talked of your relentlessness in the recording studio, your unstoppable energy and your passion for music. You also said that you love discovering new music and that you listen to all kinds of music all the time.

I know this is a bit cheeky, but I was wondering if you could possibly do me a favour. My great mate Keren Minshell has just put out a CD and is seeking a wide range of feedback, as she wants to gauge which tracks are the most popular and most suitable for a single.

Keren was the lead singer of Australia's first ever dance band 'Euphoria' from the 1990's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpaqt7tjcDE more»