Ben Harper To Blend Bluesy, Socially Aware Acoustic Rock For Live On Letterman

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Meshing fresh, rhythm-driven neo-soul sounds with visceral acoustic folk-jams, singer-songwriter [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ben Harper[/lastfm] has used the multi-racial, musical influences of his past to imbue his blues revivalist aesthetics with an eclectic touch of the modern jam band.

Harper will celebrate the release of his sixteenth album, Give Till It’s Gone, and show off the amalgamation of his extensive discography, his almost twenty year career span, his musical upbringing, his global consciousness and the varied inspirations of his music for the Live on Letterman webcast on May 18th, 8pm ET / 5pm PT, which you can watch right here.

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Growing up in the laid-back college town of Claremont, California, Ben Harper played guitar from a very young age, with his first show being at the tender age of twelve. This was thanks to the influence of his maternal grandparents who own a music store called the The Folk Music Center and Museum.

Much of Harper’s early musical leanings of blues, folk-tinged soul, reggae and beat-punctuated acoustic slide guitar, still translate to his current sound on upcoming Give Till It’s Gone.

This sonic prowess garnered Harper a deal with Virgin Records in 1992 on which he subsequently released his major label debut, 1994’s Welcome to the Cruel World, to encouraging critical accolades.

“Waiting on an Angel”

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