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10.28.15 Peter Case - Hwy 62 featuring Ben on lead guitar due Oct. 30

Ben plays lead guitar on Peter Case's album Hwy 62 due Oct. 30:

“Everybody says I’m a troubadour, since I perform alone and bring the tales. The challenge was to make a “troubadour album” that rocks with electric energy — Ben Harper and D.J. Bonebrake were key to that,” says Case. - from Omnivore Recordings Peter Case Hwy 62 press release:


"We're raising funds to promote the album, HWY 62, that I created with the support of my friends and fans with a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. The record was recorded in Los Angeles in December of 2014, and was completed there in early 2015. It features 10 recent songs played by myself with backing including Ben Harper on lead guitar, and DJ Bonebrake of the band X, on drums and percussion. It's being released on October 31 by Omnivore Recordings. This campaign seeks to raise a fund for publicity purposes, so that the record and my tour to support it can reach something approaching its potential audience."-Peter Case from Hwy 62 Kickstarter Publicity Campaign:


Bass – David J. Carpenter
Drums, Percussion – D.J. Bonebrake
Guitar, Vocals, Producer – Peter Case
Harmonica – Peter Case (tracks: 8)
Harmony Vocals – Cindy Wasserman
Keyboards – Jebin Bruni
Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar – Ben Harper
Piano – Peter Case (tracks: 2,11)
Producer – Sheldon Gomberg
Snare – Don Heffington (tracks: 2)

album credits from Discogs:


AXS interview with Peter Case about Hwy 62 (discusses Ben's contribution to the album):


Peter Case - Hwy 62 at Amazon:

& iTunes:


Watch the album trailer here:


More about Peter Case here:

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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