Modern Blues players find appreciative audiences all over the world, and Ben Harper has travelled a long way from his local club scene in the last two decades singing his incisive, modern songs. He uses traditional Folk and Blues forms to address contemporary issues in his songwriting, and his guitar work, especially when he plays slide, is straight from the Delta. That songwriting talent is enhanced by an instrumental sensitivity that shows you don’t need 1000watts to grab people’s attention when you face them with music that contains beauty, truth and honesty.
Ben gives his Wiessenborn a workout on a powerful new song;
Ben’s musical influences have always been broad, and he recorded a Gospel album ‘There Will Be Light’ with the Blind Boys of Alabama, and appeared in a documentary film about Marvin Gaye. His social concerns led him to contribute to Vote For Change in 2004, to the album ‘For The Lady’ (imprisoned Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi) and ‘Songs for Tibet’ and he is active in the No Nukes campaign.
Ben picked up a couple of Grammys in 2005 and continued to record and tour regularly, including ‘White Lies for Dark Times’ with a new band The Relentless 7. He also works with Fistful of Mercy, a collaboration with George Harrison’s son Dhani. Ben’s latest album ‘Get Up!’ with veteran Chicago harp-player Charlie Musselwhite marks a return to Ben’s familiar Blues roots, and he continues to tour the world relentlessly.