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Radio: Interview & Performance from Sojourner Truth Radio

Here’s the description of Ben’s recent appearance on Sojourner Truth Radio, followed by links to listen to & download the program:

Sojourner Truth Radio

Thursday January 8, 2015:

“Thursday a Sojourner Truth first: we spend the hour with world famous and three-time Grammy winner singer and songwriter Ben Harper. In a live performance, he debuts for the first time on radio his brand new song “Call it what it is.”

We have a wide ranging discussion about: his early inspiration and struggles breaking into the music industry; growing up in a bi-racial family in Southern California; the inter-relationship between art and activism; Ferguson, Eric Garner and the #BlackLivesMatter movement; his upcoming reunion with his original band “Innocent Criminals” and much more.”

Listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/sojournertruthradio/january-8-2014-ben-harper

Download the podcast here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sojournertruthradio/id607863027?mt=2

Source: Kevin Hunt

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/

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals to headline Bilbao BBK Live

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals join Muse as headliners of the 10th edition of Spain’s Bilbao BBK Live, a three day festival that takes place in the outskirts of Bilbao (north coast of Spain) and happening from Thursday 9th until Saturday 11th July 2015.

The 40,000 capacity festival has not yet announced the line-up for the four main stages, two dance tents, a pop tent, a chillout area, food stalls and a campsite.

More infos: http://www.bilbaobbklive.com/2015/

Ben Harper Forum: innocentcriminals.net

We are proud to announce a NEW Ben harper FORUM:
We hope see you there, and discuss about BHIC music,  news, dates…

http://www.innocentcriminals.net

Details:
– Мini-chat (aka a “shoutbox”)
– english forum
– french forum
– spanish forum
– italian forum
– social login
– post and share videos or pictures easily
– Live  recordings forum (downloads, trade, B&P)

YOU are WELCOME :-)

Ben Harper FORUM at : www.innocentcriminals.net

BHIC Fillmore Reunion Ticket Request Period Starts Now!

We are offering a limited number of tickets to the upcoming Fillmore shows via ticket request. Starting now you can request up to two tickets per night of the Fillmore run. We will accept ticket requests until Tuesday November 18th at 11:59PM PT. On Wednesday November 19th orders will be randomly selected to receive tickets and if you are selected your credit card will be charged at that time.

In an effort to keep scalpers out of this:

1 – Tickets will be will call only.

2 – Only the person whose name is on the order may pick up the tickets and no will call name changes will be allowed. Bring the card you used to purchase tickets and your photo ID. Tickets are non-transferable.

3 – You may only submit one request. Additional requests or multiple requests with the same credit card may be rejected.

We may not be able to fulfill every request that we receive. If you request tickets to multiple shows and are selected for tickets, it is possible that you will only receive tickets for one of the shows on your request.

The general on sale is scheduled for Friday, November 21st at 10am PT. Additional details forthcoming.

REQUEST TICKETS HERE. Good luck!

Source: benharper.com

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals headed to Byron Bay’s Bluesfest

THE second lineup announcement for Bluesfest 2015 has sent waves of excitement through fans as it was revealed Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will play their first major global performance of their reunion at the Byron Bay festival.

The team at Bluesfest had been teasing that the 2015 festival would see a major reunion of one of the world’s biggest bands, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Ben Harper is a festival favourite, having first played Bluesfest in 1996 and has played at the event eight times now.

Also announced in today’s announcement was Paolo Nutini, David Gray, Ben Howard, Counting Crows, Gary Clark Jr, Angelique Kidjo, Jimmy Cliff, Mavis Staples, Dispatch, Ruthie Foster, The Beat, Keziah Jones, Sheppard and Playing for Change.

Festival Directer, Peter Noble, said he was very excited with the second lineup announcement

“Ben Harper, Paolo Nutini, David Gray and Ben Howard in the one Bluesfest announcement. What a line-up, each one of these artists is gold – purely brilliant in their own way,” Mr Noble said.

“This is starting to shape into one of the great Bluesfest artist bills and we have plenty of artists still to go in future announcements.”

“You join Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals with Bluesfest and it’s a very special bond: it was way back in 1996 when the Festival broke the news that this band was important and in return, their huge success showed us (Bluesfest) the way forward to booking the style of event the festival is famous for today and one that has been copied all over the world.”

“I am very honoured that Ben Harper chose the first major global performance of the Innocent Criminals Reunion to occur at Bluesfest.”

“Bluesfest is their spiritual home and the last time the band performed officially was in 2007 and it was in 2008, when they decided to take a break.”

“They did one impromptu unannounced performance – at Bluesfest in 2011 to the astonishment of their fans – who came expecting to see the Relentless 7. What an unexpected performance, it was pure magic.”

“I remember that night in 2011 well: It was all so last minute, to a point where their percussionist bought a djembe drum from a busker in the street in Byron Bay- the home of Bluesfest- for the performance, as he hadn’t brought one with him.”

“It really was so special for everyone – the audience couldn’t believe that they were seeing, perhaps the most influential band to EVER play Bluesfest, back on our stage unannounced and hearing the songs they love once again.”

“I recall the band’s celebrations in the dressing room, after their truly great show, going most of the night – they were all so thrilled to be back together again.”

“What an honour that they chose Bluesfest to reunite and do their first official performance – save for a couple of warm up dates in a club in San Francisco.”

“We have had so many magical moments at Bluesfest – this is surely going to be up there with the best.”

Already announced previously to play at Bluesfest 2015 was: The Black Keys, Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti & Spearhead, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Paul Kelly presents the Merri Soul Sessions featuring Dan Sultan, Kira Puru, & Vika And Linda Bull, Xavier Rudd and The United Nations, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Rebelution, Soja, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Beth Hart, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, Mariachi El Bronx, G. Love & Special Sauce, Pokey Lafarge, Band Of Skulls, and Rockwiz Live.

Bluesfest will be held Thursday, April 2 – Monday, April 6 2015 at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just a few days after the 4 shows announced at The Fillmore (see: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Reunite in 2015.)

More info: www.bluesfest.com.au
Source: http://www.northernstar.com.au

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Reunite in 2015

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will return to the stage next March at The Fillmore in San Francisco, marking the band’s first announced shows since 2008!!!

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will reunite on stage for four concerts at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium. The shows take place March 25, 26, 27 and 28 of 2015, and will be the legendary band’s first live performances since disbanding in 2008. The intimate Fillmore shows also mark the IC’s first visit to San Francisco since their 2008 main-stage set at the inaugural Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park. Onsale ticket information for the March Fillmore dates will be announced soon.

Said Harper of the shows, “I have always loved the Fillmore and its history. San Francisco is one of the greatest cities in the world and it felt like the right place for us to set sail.”

Source: benharper.com

Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals 2015 Filmore