05.20.11 Ben Harper interview from ABC Radio in Australia

by kevin

"Ben Harper talks bands, gospel and his grandparents famous instrument shop ."

Here is the link to listen to or download a 14 minute interview with Ben from ABC Radio in Australia:

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/musicshow/stories/2011/3223112.htm

05.20.11 A night in the studio with Fistful of Mercy - Video featuring 'Pale Blue Eyes', 'Buckets of Rain', & more

by kevin

A night in the studio with Fistful of Mercy - Video featuring 'Pale Blue Eyes', 'Buckets of Rain', & more

I found this great video of Fistful of Mercy performing a few songs in studio. It's from the session where they recorded the version of 'Pale Blue Eyes' (http://www.benharper.com/music/joints/fistful-mercy-pale-blue-eyes) that was released on Record Store Day. According to the FoM Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/fistfulofmercy), the recording session took place at F.P.S.H.O.T (Friar Park Studio, Henley-on-Thames), which was Dhani's father George Harrison's home recording studio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friar_Park). The songs performed in the video are 'Fistful of Mercy', 'Things Go Round', 'Father's Son', 'Pale Blue Eyes', and 'Buckets of Rain'. The video is about 20 minutes long and was filmed by Benji Barnes. Here is the link:

http://vimeo.com/21547448

FOM
by BENJI BARNES

A night in the studio with fistful of mercy.
ben harper
dhani harrison
joseph arthur
jessy grenne.
amazing studio, talented musicians, camera. a fun evening.

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05.20.11 He gave, but I hope it's not gone

by Big B

He did it again.
Give Till It's Gone is another example of a true artist - someone tapping into something that is so personal on one hand and so universal on the other - giving his fans something more special than just music.
With this album, he gives us insight into stories that are so personal that I feel almost like I shouldn't be listening.
I feel sadness with many of the best songs on this album, but also great joy because this is lasting music that 'gets it.'
And that's the thing, really -
Ben Harper might be personally going through tough times - I don't know. I won't pretend to.
If he is, and THIS is the album he gives us - something so truthful and pure that it's haunting - than I have to feel like it's FOR SOMETHING.
This is the burden that all great artists - especially the best musicians/vocalist/songwriters who provide a soundtrack to all of our lives - must bear. They must. It's essential.
So my question is -
Do they understand this?
Or do they just go out and do it and hurt and say 'fuck it' and go on being brilliant but torn?
I don't know - I will never know.
We, as fans, will never know.
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