Ben Harper Will Release "Give Till It's Gone" on May 17th
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:46:00
He may be going through a divorce with wife Laura Dern, but Ben Harper is still getting to work.
On May 17th, Virgin Records will release Give Till It's Gone, Harper's 10th studio album. Harper will immediately hit the road to support the disc and will headline a trio of festivals this Spring: Bluesfest in Australia, GrassRoots, the New Zealand Blues & Roots All Music Festival, and the Wakarusa Festival in Ozark, AR. The pre-sale for his upcoming shows in Kansas City, MO and Denver, CO begins today, Friday, February 25th, at 10 AM CT at Ben Harper Ticketing here, with a password of "give." Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 26th. Harper will also be performing at Lollapalooza Chile and headlining several French festivals.
With "Rock N' Roll Is Free," the album's first single, Harper pays tribute to an audacious art form that continually challenges the status quo, demanding that we look at the world in "a brand new way." The song was inspired by rock legend Neil Young, whom Harper opened for in London last summer. Young's mesmerizing performance of "Rockin' in the Free World" planted the seeds of a new song in Harper's mind, compelling him to go straight back to his room after the show and write "Rock N' Roll Is Free." The incident is emblematic of the kind of urgency with which the new album was forged.
Harper recorded most of Give Till It's Gone - his first solo record since 2006's Both Sides of the Gun - at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who harmonizes with him on the wistful "Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn." The album also features two tracks co-written with Ringo Starr - the exuberant, psychedelic-tinged "Spilling Faith" and "Get There From Here," an improvisational instrumental. Starr, who also plays drums on the songs, tapped Harper for his 2010 album, Y Not.
"I've never made a record that was such a timeline," said Harper. "It's a real extension of the last year and half in my life, and all these sounds are inspired by my experiences. It's as honest a musical statement as I could make."
The track listing for Give Till It's Gone is as follows:
1. Don't Give Up On Me Now
2. I Will Not Be Broken
3. Rock N' Roll Is Free
4. Feel Love
5. Clearly Severely
6. Spilling Faith
7. Get There From Here
8. Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn
9. Waiting On A Sign
10. Dirty Little Lover
11. Do It For You, Do It For Us
Ben Harper - Upcoming Tour Dates
4/2 Santiago, Chile Lollapalooza Chile
4/21 Byron Bay, NSW Australia Bluesfest
4/22 Byron Bay, NSW Australia Bluesfest
4/23 Manukau, New Zealand GrassRoots
6/4 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Festival
6/5 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
6/6 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
7/16 Aix Les Bains, France Musilac Festival
7/22 Nimes, France Les Roman Arenes/Festival de Nimes
7/25 t. Malo Du Bois Poupet Festival
Are you going to Give Till It's Gone in May?