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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

Childhood Home: release on Mother’s Day

Ben Harper has just completed recording an album of duets with his mother, singer-songwriter Ellen Chase-Verdries. The 10-track record, Childhood Home, is all originals written by Harper and Chase-Verdries and will be released on Mother’s Day.

“It’s produced like early Elvis. Not one thing is plugged in. It’s all acoustic,” Harper said. “I think they’re going to call it ‘Americana,’ but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American.”

Ringo Starr guest on the second R7 album

Lately, life has been a blur for singer/songwriter Ben Harper.

At 5 a.m. last Friday, Harper and the Relentless7 walked out of Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters recording studio in Santa Monica with a fully mixed new record. Without missing a beat, they completed their plans for the next national tour, which started Thursday in Illinois, brings them to Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion on Tuesday and continues through the summer.

It’s only been a year since Harper’s last release, “White Lies for Dark Times” — Harper’s first with the Relentless7 — but the square-jawed singer doesn’t take much downtime between albums. Since 2001, he has released six studio and two live records, and the new one, titled “Give ‘Til It’s Gone,” could surface later this year.

“Give ‘Til It’s Gone” might be Harper’s second album with the Relentless7, whom he recruited in 2008, but for Harper, it feels like the first.

“On the first record, we didn’t have any sights set on making a record,” Harper said. ” ‘White Lies for Dark Times’ ” made us a band. This is the first record we’ve made as a band, with a great deal of experience under our belt. I’m really confident about it.”

To give the songs on the new album a different texture, Harper and Co. all set up in one of Groove Masters’ big rooms and recorded most of the songs live. A few of them were knocked out on the first take, Harper said.

“It’s a band in a room playing for each other,” Harper said. “There are themes about love, life, loss, coming to grips with the way the world’s never going to be, and the way the world is.”

Harper is vague about how much of his songwriting is autobiographical and how much is fiction. He casually tosses out numbers like “40/60” or “30/70,” and even when pressed to explain them, dodges the question.

“It’s not up to me to tell you which one’s which,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s 30 percent me and 70 percent the listener.”

So far, Harper and the Relentless7 have only played a couple of the new songs live — “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Free” and “I Will Not Be Broken.” Harper likes to keep most of his new music close to the vest until the album is released. As the name implies, the album has a positive feel — more upbeat than his last one.

“It feels good,” he said.

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 !

Album: White Lies For Dark Times

Ben harper album: white lies for dark times

Tracklist:

01. Number With No Name
02. Up To You Now
03. Shimmer And Shine
04. Lay There And Hate Me
05. Why Must You Always Dress In Black
06. Skin Thin
07. Fly One Time
08. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
09. Boots Like These
10. The Word Suicide
11. Faithfully Remain

white lies for dark times

Listen to the album at:
http://www.myspace.com/benharper

All the tour dates at:
http://benharper.fr/dates-live-concerts/

What do you think about recordings Studio ?