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Ben Harper

a musician that combines funk, soul, pop-rock

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Funky cool music to soothe your soul.

  • Mar 6, 2009
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Ben Harper's music can hypnotize your soul into a tranquil state of bliss.  Very reminiscent of past greats with styles ranging from Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye and a splash of Cat Stevens/John Lennon.  But what makes Ben so great is the fact that he is totally original in his mixing of styles and subtle poetic vibe.  He can write the catchy pop song, but he can also deliver a masterful classic that will stand the test of time.  His last few albums prove that he is fearless; as he can change up his style from a reggae style to a singer-songwriter, to a bluesy poet.  His latest incarnation Ben Harper & Relentless7 is more of a return to some rock'n'roll and their album drops May 5th, 2009!  You have been warned!  And if you are coming to Austin for SXSW, catch Ben performing live as he is one of the big acts at the fest this year!! 
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March 06, 2009
Yes! My roommate in law school turned me on to Mr. Harper and I have been a fan of his ever since!
 
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Biography by MacKenzie Wilson from allmusic.com.
 Combining shuddering, groove-laden funky soul and folky handcrafted acoustics, singer/songwriter Ben Harper enjoyed cult status during the course of the '90s before gaining wider attention toward the decade's end. As a young artist, Harper combined elements of classic singer/songwriters, blues revivalists, Jimi Hendrix, and such '90s jam bands as Blues Traveler and Phish, which meant that he was embraced by critics and college kids alike. Despite the commercial success of the radio single Steal My Kisses" in 2000, Harper continued to explore different musical textures into the 21st century, enjoying a solid fanbase at home and a considerable amount of fame in Europe, where was named 2003's "Artist of the Year" by the French branch of Rolling Stone. A native of California, Harper grew up listening to blues, folk, soul, R&B, and reggae. He started playing guitar as a child, and began to perform regularly as a preteen. During his adolescence, he turned toward acoustic slide guitar, which would eventually become his signature instrument. Harper scored a deal with Virgin Records in 1992 after a steady schedule of shows in the L.A. area; two years later, he released his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World, to positive reviews. Released in 1995, the politically heavy Fight for Your Mind made for a strong sophomore effort, an obvious growth in musical experimentation and individual declamation. It was also ...
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