Ben Harper performs live at ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union) SoCal 2015 Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (11/8/2015).
Singer and activist Ben Harper gave a performance honoring his friend, rockstar activist and Bill of Rights award recipient Tom Morello. Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore presented the award to Morello.
Call It What It Is – The Return of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Spring tour will support their first new album in 8 years
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will follow up their triumphant 2015 reunion tour with Call It What It Is, their first new studio album in over eight years, set for release on April 8th, 2016, via Stax Records. The band also announced the initial leg of their forthcoming Call It What It Is World Tour, which kicks off April 2nd, 2016 in Port Chester, New York, and will take the beloved rock, soul and R&B band around the world throughout much of next year.
Every online North American ticket order will include a CD of Call It What It Is upon its release.
North American presale starts Tuesday, November 17 at 10am local. Sign up for the mailing list to get the presale password. General onsale starts Friday, November 20 at 10am local.
Down Under presale starts Friday, November 20 at 2pm local and goes through Sunday, November 22 at 5pm local. General onsale begins Monday, November 23 at 10am. No password required.
“Making music again with the Innocent Criminals has been a priority for a while now,” Harper told Rolling Stone last year. “It was time.”
Tracing their roots back to 1993, the Innocent Criminals (percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward) were involved in most of Harper’s projects before going on hiatus in 2008. The band toured the globe nonstop, earning legions of fans thanks to explosive live performances and a succession of acclaimed studio albums including Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the GRAMMY® nominated Lifeline, their last studio album together in 2007. The Innocent Criminals also backed Ben and The Blind Boys of Alabama on the two-time GRAMMY® winning collaborative album There Will Be A Light in 2004.
Call It What It Is, the new album from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals is an incisive, bold, poetic statement that could only come from these long-time band mates and close collaborators, one of popular music’s most essential, cohesive and dynamic ensembles.
Ben Harper performs at the Clinton Global Citizen Awards during the second day of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on September 27, 2015 in New York City…
Gibson named Ben one of the Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists. Here’s what they had to say about him:
“When Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away in 1990, he left a void in the world of young blues musicians. Over the past twenty years we have seen the emergence of many talented blues guitarists.”
“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 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.”