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Call It What It Is: new album out now

1. When Sex Was Dirty 3:50
2. Deeper And Deeper 4:02
3. Call It What It Is 3:47
4. How Dark Is Gone 3:38
5. Shine 3:55
6. All That Has Grown 3:25
7. Pink Balloon 2:22
8. Finding Our Way 4:15
9. Bones 3:21
10. Dance Like Fire 3:09
11. Goodbye To You 5:06

Details

Format: CD
Total runtime: 40:50
Released Apr 08, 2016
Stax / Concord Music Group STX-35697-02
United States 8 88072 35697 9

Credits

Produced by BEN HARPER, ETHAN ALLEN, JUAN NELSON, LEON MOBLEY, OLIVER CHARLES, JASON YATES, MICHAEL WARD

Recorded and mixed by ETHAN ALLEN
Recorded at The Village, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed at Royal Triton, Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Engineers: WILL WETZEL, GABRIEL BURCH, MATT DYSON

Mastered by GAVIN LURSSEN at Lurssen Mastering, Los Angeles, CA

Photography by DANNY CLINCH
Design: TOM DOLAN

The Innocent Criminals:

BEN HARPER − vocals, guitar, slide guitar
JUAN NELSON − bass, background vocals
LEON MOBLEY − percussion, bongos, cabasa, clave, congas, djembe, flexitone, music stand, shakere, tambourine, triangle, viber flap, wind chimes, whirly tube, background vocals
OLIVER CHARLES − drums, djun djun, background vocals
JASON YATES − Hammond B3, piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzers, clavinet d6, guitar, background vocals
MICHAEL WARD − guitars, background vocals
JACLYN HARPER – additional vocals on “Pink Balloon”
CLAIRE WADSWORTH – additional vocals on “When Sex Was Dirty”

All songs written by BEN HARPER, BMG Gold Songs / Three Chord Symphony Music (ASCAP), except: “Deeper and Deeper” written by BEN HARPER and MICHAEL WARD, BMG Gold Songs / Three Chord Symphony Music (ASCAP) / Monkeyfeather Music (ASCAP); “How Dark Is Gone” written by BEN HARPER, JASON YATES and LEON MOBLEY, BMG Gold Songs / Three Chord Symphony Music (ASCAP) / Tocayos Music / Wixen Music Pub (BMI) / LEON MOBLEY Publishing (BMI); “Pink Balloon” written by BEN HARPER and JACLYN HARPER, BMG Gold Songs / Three Chord Symphony Music (ASCAP) / LEND2HANDS (ASCAP); “Finding Our Way” written by BEN HARPER and OLIVER CHARLES, BMG Gold Songs / Three Chord Symphony Music (ASCAP) / Scent Music (ASCAP).

Thank you:

BEN HARPER: My family and friends, The Folk Music Center, The Cove, Court House, Stoner, Roller Horror, Almost, Cliché, Central, Street Plant, Real, Stereo, Labor, Shut, Rip City, The Berrics, Jac, Claremont 7, D’Addario, Dumble, Billy Asher.

JUAN NELSON: First and foremost I want to thank God for blessing my life. Thanks to my family and friends for unconditional love and guidance. Thank you Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals for reuniting and making this record a joy to work on. Thanks to D’Addario and Gallien-Krueger. Last but not least, thanks to our fans for all the love you’ve shown over the years. Gratefully yours, Juan.

LEON MOBLEY: I would like to thank JAH, Yvonne Mobley, Gerrie Mobley, Fatimah Mobley, Clarence Mobley, Dexter Johnson, REMO Inc., Remo Belly, Chris Hart, Istanbul Cymbals, Mehmet Tamdeger, Manton Daley, Vic Firth Sticks, Kelly Firth, Joe Testa, DW/Gon, Bops, Scott Donnell, Don Lombardi, Kotzen Drums, Mike Kotzen, Nas, Damian Marley, Mike Levy.

OLIVER CHARLES: I would like to thank my family and friends. Gogol Bordello Crew, Mariachi El Bronx Crew, Ocean 11 Crew, all the LAmusicians, Yamaha, Paiste, Vic Firth, Hepcat, and Evans, RhythmRoots Allstars, Dakah, Soul Of John Black.

JASON YATES: The native called Flies Away who carried a drum all the way to the top of Mt. Whitney that still awaits there to be played. Larry Strauss for simultaneously befriending me and coming to my defense. And the universe for showing me the way to Aimee.

MICHAEL WARD: I wish to thank Tennessee and Odin Von Ward, Janet and Bill Bradley, Tracy and Chad Hartfiel, Rich Ward, Hugh Gilmartin at D’Addario, George Starks, Tim Godwin at Taylor Guitars, Todd Von Cloninger, Larry Strauss.

The band would like to thank: Our crew, Red Light Management, Concord/Stax, Shore Fire Media, Ethan Allen, Gavin Conaty, Elliot Groffman, Rod MacSween, Diana Pereira, Janine Small, Jennifer Specland, Randy Sugarman.

Bentley RIP

Management: WILL BOTWIN and CHRISTINE KANE for Red Light Management
Web & Digital Management: GAVIN CONATY

(P) & (C) 2016 Ben Harper. Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc., 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. All Rights Reserved.
Other Versions

Call It What It Is (Vinyl)United States STX-38802-01

Interview: Ben talks about IC and new album

Ben Harper has reformed his old crew The Innocent Criminals. He tells Steve Bell that nothing stops your family being your family…

Ben_Harper_Bonnarro_2007_FarewellIn the intervening years, Harper has worked with an enviable array of musicians – including subsequent supporting cast Relentless 7, Charlie Musselwhite and even his mother Ellen (with whom he released the album Childhood Home this year) – but is there a special bond with The Innocent Criminals?

“Yeah, there is,” he chuckles. “It’s a collective consciousness and its own instrument in the sense of familiarity and family. But then again playing with Charlie and Relentless 7 is also an instrument, and Fistful Of Mercy and my Mum – the different incarnations all have their uniqueness as far as what I get from them and what I bring to them. But twenty years is a long time – it makes us family. That’s a good amount of time for a tree to grow. Getting back with The Innocent Criminals is like coming home, for sure.”

Excitingly they’re already working on new tunes, and Harper attests that it’s a different feeling having the old gang with him onstage.

“You do feel the difference – there’s an energetic difference in playing with different people because you’re trying to unify and feed off one another,” he reflects. “You’re trying to become one with the sound and the players on the stage with you. With The Innocent Criminals there’s a lot of laughter and a lot of dialogue and a lot of history, and the camaraderie there is like a twenty-year brotherhood. And I’ve never been more confident that you’re going to be hearing the twenty-year brotherhood of The Innocent Criminals in this next record. And that will speak volumes beyond how I can explain it.”

“We’ve done two sessions – two week-long sessions – so far,” Harper enthuses. “I’ve never stopped writing for The Innocent Criminals, so everything that you’ve heard that I’ve released – whether it be with my mum on Childhood Home or the Fistful Of Mercy guys or with Charlie [Musselwhite] or the Relentless 7 – all of those songs were earmarked for those different bands, and the songs that were mainly for The Innocent Criminals I knew when they were being written, or in the process of being written, that I was going to set those aside for The Innocent Criminals so you can imagine from over six years that there’s a lot to pull from. But I’m not overwhelming these sessions, and I’m letting those guys bring songs to the table as well. I told them years ago, ‘When we do reconvene please have material ready’, because I need to be inspired as a songwriter just like I’m trying to enlighten and inspire those guys with my songwriting. I made a point of – not insisting because that’s overstating the point – but craving them bringing me material, and they’ve all done it and the material is blowing me away. I’ve been slanting in that way, as far as creative collaboration goes as a producer and a writer, for some time now to be able to bring that to The Innocent Criminals. It’s growth for us for the band.”

“It’s rooted in records past like Fight for Your Mind (1995) and The Will To Live (1997),” he explains, “but it’s also I think pushing forward into new territories that I think will bring out something that people didn’t expect in us but which had been waiting for us to reach – that would be the best of both worlds for me. Breaking new ground and also sort of having it steeped and rooted in our past creative process.

“If I could get it out next year, I’d be shocked; it’s probably going to come out early 2016, I’m thinking. Instead of going in and doing a marathon three-month session and having a deadline to hand the album in, at the moment I have no deadline and I want to take full advantage of that. I’m going to try recording in a way that I’ve never done before, which is go a straight week – block out a week – burn a little midnight oil and work hard for a week and then pull back. This way I’m going to get a heightened perspective on my own creative output, because one of the toughest things to do is really realise what you’re doing – it’s hard to critique what you’re doing while you’re doing it. It’s almost an unfair prospect in any art form. So the first week we’ve got three songs, the second week we’ve got a good part of five songs – which is almost a song a day over seven days – and I’m probably going to do close to a dozen week-long sessions and pull the material from that.”

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Complete interview: http://themusic.com.au/interviews/all/2014/12/18/ben-harper-steve-bell/

New album – Ben & Ellen Harper “Childhood Home”

BEN AND ELLEN HARPER REFLECT ON Childhood Home

COLLABORATIVE ALBUM DUE MAY 6 VIA PRESTIGE FOLKLORE

Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create Childhood Home (Prestige Folklore), an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs set for release on May 6, 2014. Landing the week before Mother’s Day, the ten songs on Childhood Home, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy.

childhood-benharperThe album’s source can be directly traced to the pair’s highly unusual musical heritage. In 1958, Ben Harper’s maternal grandparents established The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. It was there, amid guitars, banjos, tablas, ukuleles and all manner of instruments from around the world, that a distinctively musical family took shape. Ellen Harper, a talented multi-instrumentalist in her own right, encouraged her family to use the store (which she still operates) as a musical laboratory. The center was a magnet for up-and-comers such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal, who became extended family members, providing master classes in creativity and philosophy, all of which the young Ben Harper soaked up like a sponge.

“I was a single mom, so he would come to the music store pretty much everyday after school, and help out while I was working. I think he just absorbed a lot of it,” Ellen told a local paper. “It was in his environment, everywhere, because I used to play in bands, and he used to hang out with us all the time.” “Without that upbringing, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do,” Ben told the LA Times upon his grandfather’s passing in 2004.

The tender, artfully crafted story sketches on Childhood Home are laced with an undercurrent of love, wistfulness and, sometimes, pain. “A house is a home even when there’s ghosts / Even when you gotta run from the ones who love you most,” Ben sings on the album opener “A House Is A Home.” On “Memories of Gold,” truthfulness cuts through sweet nostalgia: “In the winter she wants to be dancer / In springtime she wants to be a scribe /In summer she wants to be a painter / Come autumn the mother of a child.” Likewise, the sacrifice and despair of domestic life is devotedly delivered on Ellen Harper’s “Altar of Love”: “He always works late, determines his own fate / He’s found his true match; he’s found his soul mate / Sorry he says, sorry he feels / Can’t help himself, he fell head over heels / And now she’s another wife and a mother / Sacrificed on the alter of love.”

Ben Harper produced Childhood Home “like early Elvis,” he told Rolling Stone, after he and Charlie Musselwhite won the “Best Blues Album” GRAMMY Award for last year’s critically acclaimed Get Up! (Stax/Concord). “Not one thing is plugged in. It’s all acoustic. I think they’re going to call it ‘Americana,’ but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American.”

Addressing a hometown audience, Ben recently affirmed: “I’ve always figured home is where you run from, and then run to.” Ben and Ellen Harper find the circle unbroken on Childhood Home.

Childhood Home Tracklist:

1. A House Is a Home
2. City of Dreams
3. Born to Love You
4. Heavyhearted World
5. Farmer’s Daughter
6. Memories of Gold
7. Altar of Love
8. Break Your Heart
9. Learn It All Again Tomorrow
10. How Could We Not Believe

You can pre-order the CD now at Amazon.com.

Source: www.benharper.com

Relentless7: record a second album

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En exclusivité, www.benharper.fr vous annonce que Ben Harper et son nouveau groupe Relentless7 sont actuellement en studio. Ils sont entrés mardi 16 février, en studio, dans le but d’enregistrer un nouvel album.

Je profite de l’occasion pour vous dire que je groupe sera de retour en Europe au début de l’été.

retrouvez toutes les dates officielles de concert dans la partie Tour Dates !

Leon Mobley “DA LION ROARS” nominated for GRAMMY!

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Leon Mobley ‘DA LION ROARS’ nominated for GRAMMY!

DJIMBE Records are delighted to announce that Leon Mobley & Da Lion have received a GRAMMY nomination for the album ‘DA LION ROARS’.

The category is Best World Contemporary Album. The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday January 31, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast worldwide.