08.08.15 BHIC Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival performance streaming live Sat. 8/8 7pm (Pacific Time)
Here's the link to watch Ben & The Innocent Criminals perform live at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco at 7pm (Pacific Time) on Channel One:
07.20.15 New Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals album coming in April 2016
I came across an interview with Ben that has some info on the upcoming Innocent Criminals album. In the interview Ben says "The album will be released in early April 2016". Here's the link to the Google translation of the interview with Ben from an Italian publication called Il Mattino di Padova by Cristiano Cadoni:
04.06.15 Bluesfest 2015 - Ben Harper Interview (video) [Ben talks about latest musical projects & more]
Here's the link to watch an interview with Ben from Bluesfest:
Bluesfest 2015 - Ben Harper Interview
"Appearing at this years Bluesfest, singer Ben Harper talks about his latest music projects and playing at this years Byron Bay Bluesfest for 2015."
There's some exciting info in this interview about upcoming records:
*Innocent Criminals record is almost done, 12 songs deep into a 10 song record so things are now getting knocked off, should be out early 2016
*About 8 or 9 tracks done with another Charlie Musselwhite record
*Ben wants to make a steel guitar record, an entire instrumental slide guitar record
*Ben wants to make a reggae record
Can't wait to hear all this music!!!
03.31.15 Ben talks about some of his favorite songs with Rolling Stone Australia
Here's the link to read about some of Ben's favorite songs:
My Soundtrack: Ben Harper
by Rod Yates | March 31st, 2015 Rolling Stone Australia
"From Metallica to reggae to Christmas music, the Bluesfest-bound singer-songwriter has broad tastes."
02.05.15 Gibson named Ben one of the Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists
Gibson named Ben one of the Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists. Here's what they had to say about him:
"Just like with Derek Trucks, Ben Harper's style of music span many different genres, with blues being one of the underlying inspirations. Although he's a multi-instrumentalist, Harper's signature instrument is playing acoustic slide guitar. Just listen to songs like “Homeless Child,” “Whipping Boy,” and “I Want To Be Ready” for a taste of how Harper incorporates the blues in his music."
Here's the link to check out the other guitarists on Gibson's list:
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02.04.15 Quote from Charlie Musselwhite on next album with Ben
Here's a quote from Charlie on his next collaboration with Ben:
“I have a new album that’ll be ready when I come to Australia,” he reveals, “and Ben Harper and I have one in the can, as they say. It’ll probably be a year before it comes out. You never know. There’s all kinds of irons in the fire. We’ll see what happens.”
The quote comes from a recent interview with Charlie done by Shane Pinnegar from X-press Magazine. Here's the link to check out the full interview: