Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I've always respected Ben Harper a great deal, even when I didn't enjoy the music he was creating. He has to be one of the hardest working musicians in the industry and is constantly changing things around and experimenting with new directions to keep his music constantly pushing forward.

After years of solo acoustic work, tours with the Innocent Criminals, and a collaboration with the Blind Boys of Alabama, I don't think anyone could have predicted his next step. At the same time, we shouldn't be surprised when he hooks up with a Texas blues rock band called Relentless7.

I think Ben has realized what so few musicians stumble across in their lives; music needs to evolve to stay interesting. This statement is particularly true if you are doing it for a living. Nothing could be as satisfying as stumbling across a new sound and exploring a world which was previously foreign to you. If you don't believe me, just watch how much they are able to get into the music and agree that Ben likely couldn't still perform Steal My Kisses with that kind of intensity.

-Give us more than we bargained for