A California native, Ben Harper puts a fresh perspective on Woodstock-era folk rock, 1970s soul and pretty much any other genre he comes into contact with. Harper's classic rock 'n' soul 'n' blues approach can come off like early-career Lenny Kravitz, but his honesty and integrity place him in a different category; in fact, the way Harper has built his audience up brings Bruce Springsteen to mind.
Harper's solo debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, came out in 1994 and immediately caught on with the quickly growing jam rock underground (then called "Dead Heads," kids). While this meant that Harper was filling concert venues while selling relatively few CDs, it also meant that an ever-growing army of new converts keeps buying his back catalog titles.
In 1997, "Steal My Kisses" became a hit single and helped make Will to Live Harper's first charting album. While his inclusive political vibe and ease with multiple genres may have seemed quaint during the Clinton years, his musical worldview was made more relevant than ever when the reactionary 2000s came around and reintroduced the public to the same things that Harper's musical forebears sang about ... See More
Ben Harper Concert Films
Live at Metro Theatre
Ben Harper & Relentless7
Runtime: 1 hr 28 minThe California native is a natural born showman, a slide-guitar legend whose ability to dabble in (and pull off) everything from folk blues to country jazz and reggae has earned Harper legions of fans the world over. So when we were given the opportunity to film Ben Harper accompanied by the blues-driven Texas trio Relentless7 at the Metro in Sydney, needless to say we were a little bit excited. And it may have been filmed in 2009, but this show was such a stand out favorite of ours there was no question that it was set to become one of our Classic Concerts someday.
Ben Harper Top Tracks
In Concert: Live at the BBC Radio Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minSir Van Morrison takes to the stage at The BBC Radio Theatre for an intimate In Concert performance. Belfast born ‘Van the man’ is among popular music's true innovators and arguably one of the most influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll. The Grammy winning Celtic soul troubadour has been fusing R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk throughout his musical career and in this special, he performs a selection of tracks, old and new from his revered back catalogue of work to his new album ‘Keep Me Singing’.
Beneath this Gruff Exterior
Runtime: 54 minInventive performer and poignant songwriter John Hiatt captures the attention of fans and critics alike. In this Soundstage performance, which features Dar Williams and Robinella and the CCstringband, Hiatt performs "My Baby Blue" from his most recent album Beneath This Gruff Exterior. He also showcases timeless pieces like "The Thing Called Love" and "Memphis in the Meantime." Folk-rocker Dar Williams takes the stage to perform "I Saw a Bird Fly Away," a piece which encapsulates Williams' ability to combine sensitivity with not only pathos, but also a sharp wit. East Tennessee natives Robinella and the CCstringband close out the show with new songs including "Honey Honey Bee" and "Man Over." Both songs are a testament to the acclaim that this jazz-bluegrass-swing band has earned from not just critics, but fans and peers alike.
A Backyard Session with Brett Dennen
Runtime: 13 minSmoke And Mirrors is an odd title to sketch across the cover of Brett Dennen's 5th album. The tall, laid-back Californian has always brewed a batch of heartfelt, honest songwriting; a quality that seems more at the forefront than ever before. Born in the mountains around his cabin home, the three songs here bring with them a certain rustic ease. I suppose that's just what happens when your writing sessions are bookended by long hikes and cool dips in the lake. But the most obvious quality is just how personal Brett gets here, belting out anthems about staying true to ones' self, reminding us of the danger of overthinking things, or just declaring an anonymous love for someone. No Smoke, No Mirrors...just simple, acoustic honesty in our latest session.
Live in Bonnaroo 2014
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minLee's "folksy, bluesy sound" has been compared to that of John Prine and Norah Jones. His music is said to utilize the "supple funk of his vocals and arid strum of his guitar" while recalling "the low-volume, early-'70s acoustic soul of stars like Bill Withers and Minnie Ripperton". In this Bonnaroo live performance Amos brings up all his major hits and surprises for the fans
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minIn the summer of 2008 Jack Johnson took a trip through Europe playing everywhere from historical venues to classic outdoor stages making it the biggest tour of his career. The film is a collection of live performances with Jack's quartet along with special appearances by G. Love, Ben Harper, Mason Jennings, Neil Halstead and Matt Costa. Through weathering the stormy nights in Newquay to surfing on a river in Germany, to playing the packed house in London's Hyde Park, the film takes you on a trip and captures the connection between an audience and an artist on an international stage. This is more than a compilation of performances, this is an intimate look at Jack Johnson, his life on the road, and the unique dialogue he has with his fans.
Water On The Road
Runtime: 1 hr 18 minWater on the Road, a live-concert film directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green features performances from Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder's August 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre. The film features a live performance of "You're True" from the Grammy nominated album Ukulele Songs as well as a mix of Pearl Jam catalog, covers and songs from Vedder's critically acclaimed, award-winning solo record, Into The Wild. The film also includes appearances by Liam Finn and EJ Barnes who supported Vedder during his 2008 solo tour.