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Ben Harper, Akron/Family & Howlin' Rain in Darrow Tribute

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Ben Harper, Akron/Family and Howlin' Rain will be among the artists who pay tribute to singer/songwriter Chris Darrow in "Take Good Care of Yourself: The Songs of Chris Darrow" on Sunday, March 1, 7 p.m., at McCabe's Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 828-4497. Joining these artists will be very special guests Charlie Wadhams, Michael Andrews, Jonathan Wilson and Elisa Randazzo. The show is presented by the Everloving record label, concert promoters Folk Yeah and KCRW 89.9. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance at www.mccabes.com or at the door.
 
Chris Darrow may not be a household name — yet. But throughout the history of Southern California country-rock, folk, surf, psychedelic and world music, he has cast a welcome presence. His trail-blazing, country-rock-leaning pair of solo albums, Chris Darrow (1973) and Under My Own Disguise (1974, never before available in the U.S.), soon will be released by Everloving Records, the home of Inara George & Van Dyke Parks, Cornelius and Herman Dune. The Darrow collection, titled Chris Darrow/Under My Own Disguise, will be available as a deluxe two-CD, two-LP (180 gram vinyl) with a 48-page 12" x 12" photo book. Street date is March 10, 2009. The music will also be available through digital retailers without all the fancy stuff.
 
The Chris Darrow story begins with Kaleidoscope, a late '60s L.A.-based band cited by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page as his "favorite band of all time." Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman wrote in his book Follow the Music that the first Kaleidoscope album, Side Trips, is his favorite album of all time. Why this cult mania? Kaleidoscope was the first to blend country, rock, folk, blues, psychedelic and world music and have been called the first "world beat" band. They were also precursors to the Flying Burrito Brothers. Singer/songwriter/guitarist David Lindley was also a member.
 
But the Chris Darrow story did not end with his departure from Kaleidoscope. He joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and then broke off with the Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna to form The Corvettes, who released two Mike Nesmith-produced singles on Dot. The Corvettes soon became Linda Ronstadt's backing band, with Chris doing double duty as Ronstadt's road manager. When Jeff Hanna left The Corvettes to rejoin the Dirt Band, Bernie Leadon took his place. The group officially dissolved when Leadon was recruited into the Flying Burrito Brothers and John Ware and John London joined Nesmith's First National Band. (Is this saga Southern California enough for you?) Darrow later recorded and toured with Hoyt Axton, John Stewart, James Taylor, Sonny & Cher, Gene Vincent, John Fahey and Helen Reddy. As the Chris Darrow reputation continued to develop, he crafted a pair of legendary solo albums for the United Artists label: Chris Darrow and Under My Own Disguise.
 
The story goes on and on — Darrow went on to record with Nesmith, Kaleidoscope briefly reunited, he recorded with Chris D's Divine Horsemen, formed an unlikely working relationship with colorful producer Kim Fowley and an even less likely collaboration with the Surf Punks' Dennis Dragon. As Darrow continued his 40-year (so far) career in the music business, a new generation of artists discovered him.
 
Ben Harper, who grew up in Darrow's long-time roost of Claremont, Calif. and who will appear in the McCabe's tribute show, covered the song "Whipping Boy" from Chris Darrow. The Dust Brothers later remixed it. Mudhoney's Steve Turner has come to idolize Darrow, writing: "It's these solo albums that keep finding their way onto the turntable around my house They have slowly, through the years, wound up in the hands of the right people. People like you and me. And that's no accident."
 
Enter Everloving Records, the esoteric label from L.A.'s Loz Feliz, known for its relationship with the Claremont musical community that begat both Darrow and Ben Harper. The LA Weekly's Randall Roberts described Everloving as "globetrotting this year, putting out thrilling music by Germans, French, Japanese and Angelenos. The label since 2003 has delivered hot music action from wherever it arrives. They cherry-pick choice little records from across the globe and deliver them stateside."

BEN HARPER PERFORMING 12/13 AT 20TH ANNUAL X-MAS JAM

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BEN HARPER & RELENTLESS7 have just been added to the 20th Annual Christmas Jam on Dec. 13th! They'll join a host of musicians for the 2-day event including Allman Brothers Band, John Paul Jones, Gov't Mule & more hand picked by Warren Haynes to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster!

Ben Harper to headline Colorado early vote events

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Ben Harper will join with Obama for America and the Colorado Campaign for Change to host early vote events in Boulder and Denver this Saturday.  He'll play a few songs in Denver at Civic Center Park at 12pm and again at UC Boulder's Mary Rippon Theatre at 2pm.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Ben Harper Returns to Brazil This Fall

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BHIC RETURN TO BRAZIL THIS FALL

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will play the eco-friendly About Us Festival in Manaus on September 26th and São Paulo on the 28th. Then they'll hit the Pepsi On Stage festival in Porto Alegre on Tuesday, September 30th. Tickets go on sale for all shows on August 22nd.

OUTSIDE LANDS WEBCAST SATURDAY

Browse to AT&T blue room this Saturday, August 23rd and watch BHIC play live in Golden Gate Park at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. 5:50pm PDT.

BEN HARPER GUESTS ON
DONAVON FRANKENREITER ALBUM

Check out the new album "Pass It Around" - in stores now - featuring Ben Harper on the title track. The song is streaming now at Donavon's MySpace and is on sale at iTunes and Amazon.

Ben Harper @ Nike + Human Race in Austin, Texas

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BHIC @ NIKE+ HUMAN RACE AUSTIN

On August 31st in Austin, TX, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will perform at the post-race celebration for the Nike+ Human Race, an event that brings together the power of sport and music to inspire and connect runners from every corner of the planet.

To attend the concert, you must run the race! Sign up at Nike+ Human Race.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation will benefit from the race participant giveback alongside the United Nation's NineMillion.org campaign and the World Wildlife Foundation.

"SONGS FOR TIBET" BENEFIT ALBUM

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals contributed a live version of "Better Way" to "Songs For Tibet: The Art of Peace", a compilation to support peace initiatives and Tibetan cultural preservation projects important to the Dalai Lama. It's available now at iTunes and Amazon.

"COLLAPSIBLE PLANS" FOR A BUCK!

Tom Freund's new album "Collapsible Plans", produced by and featuring Ben Harper with Jackson Browne is available now for a limited time for only a buck!!

LAST CALI SHOW FOR THE YEAR 

Still a few tickets left to see Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals in their last headlining California show this year at the legendary Santa Barbara Bowl next Friday, August 22nd. Get them here!

Ben Harper Returns to The Santa Barbara Bowl this Summer!

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BEN HARPER RETURNS TO THE SANTA BARBARA BOWL THIS SUMMER!

Spend an evening with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals when they return to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday, August 22nd. The pre-sale starts June 7th at 10am PDT via Ben Harper Ticketing. The password is fightouttayou.

B.H.I.C. ADDED TO ALL POINTS WEST AND JACKSON HOLE FESTIVALS!

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will join Jack Johnson, Trey Anastasio and others on Sunday, August 10th at the first annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival in Jersey City, NJ. Tickets are on sale now! For complete details, visit All Points West.

The following Sunday, August 17th they'll share the stage with The Black Crowes, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Son Volt and many others at the Jackson Hole Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY. Tickets are on sale now! For complete details, visit The Festival Network.

SOLOMON BURKE'S "LIKE A FIRE" FEAT. BEN HARPER OUT JUNE 10

Ben Harper collaborated with soul pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Solomon Burke on the track "A Minute to Rest and a Second to Pray" for his new album "Like a Fire", due out June 10th. Pre-order it now and listen to sound clips at Amazon.

Read a great interview with Solomon at the Detroit Free Press. More info...

B.H.I.C. IN BIRMINGHAM, AL JUNE 14

Don't miss Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at the City Stages Music & Arts Festival next Saturday, June 14th. Tickets are on sale now!

Ben Harper with The Nightwatchman May 1st!

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Ben Harper will join The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello acoustic) along with special guests Perry Farrell, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill and more on Thursday, May 1st at Park West in Chicago for the Justice '08 Tour!  He'll play a special three-piece set backed by Innocent Criminals Juan Nelson on bass and Oliver Charles on drums.

Tickets are on sale now for only $10 at Ticketmaster.  All proceeds go to the Justice Fund.

Visit www.benharper.net and www.nightwatchmanmusic.com for more info.

Ben Harper To Present at 2008 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

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Ben Harper will induct blues harp legend Little Walter into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10 in New York City!

Ben will perform live today, Feb. 29th at the 58th Annual Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo, Italy's popular long-running song contest. He'll join Italian sensation Jovanotti for the song "Fango" , and play "Lifeline" solo acoustic. The event will be televised on Italy's Rai Uno.

Ringo Starr and Ben Harper meet for a one-on-one interview as part of the exclusive MySpace series "Artist on Artist." Catch it now at myspace.com/artistonartist!

B.H.I.C. will be the featured artist on the March 6th episode of "Live from the Artists Den", airing on Ovation TV. It will feature live footage from their 2007 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Get a sneak peak of "Forgiven" at ovationtv.com.

A live version of "With My Own Two Hands" has also been released on the CD "Live from the Artists Den: Season One." Buy it at Amazon.com.

"Body of War", featuring Ben Harper's "Black Rain" and a live duet with Eddie Vedder on "No More", is now available for pre-order at www.bodyofwarmusic.com. The website also features special footage and a studio version of the Vedder tune.

"Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," a double-CD compilation of songs curated by Iraq war veteran Tomas Young, will be released by Sire Records on March 18, 2008.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are heading back to Europe this summer! They'll be playing a mix of festivals and special headlining engagements. The current list of events is posted in Tour Dates. More dates will be added soon!!

B.H.I.C. invite you to Vail, CO on Saturday, April 12th for a special one-night only engagement at the 2008 Spring Back to Vail concert. Tickets on sale now!

Check out a smokin' live version of "Whipping Boy" recorded during the "Lifeline" tour in B.H.I.C. Radio exclusively at www.benharper.net!

MARTIN INTRODUCES BEN HARPER SIGNATURE GUITAR!

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Martin Guitars and Ben Harper have teamed up to create a signature edition guitar that targets tone and on stage versatility: the Martin HM Ben Harper Special Edition. Drawing inspiration from Martin's M size and displaying classic Martin appointments, this instrument is perfect for acoustic and amplified sound.

Call the Folk Music Center at 909-624-2928 to reserve yours today!

RINGO STARR AND BEN HARPER - "ARTIST ON ARTIST" FEB. 9

Ben and Ringo interviewed each other as part of MySpace's ongoing series "Artist On Artist"! The video will be shown starting February 9 at www.myspace.com/artistonartist.

"BODY OF WAR" SOUNDTRACK DUE MARCH 1

"No More", the Eddie Vedder penned and performed tune for the documentary "Body of War" featuring guest Ben Harper live at Lollapalooza, will be the lead single on the upcoming 2-CD compilation, "Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," due out March 18 on Sire Records.

The album is culled from hand-picked tracks by Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, who was shot and paralyzed from the chest down after serving in Iraq for less than a week.

More info available at www.bodyofwar.com.

BEN HARPER ON SHERYL CROW ALBUM

Ben sings guest vocals on Sheryl Crow's new album "Detours", in stores now. The song "Gasoline" came together in a Nashville studio while in town for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music Festival

Ben Harper News

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Ben Harper will play the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, MONDAY, OCT. 1 Tune in Monday, October 1st to the "Late Show with David Letterman" to see Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals perform "In the Colors." Airs 11:35 PM PT/ET on CBS.  Check local listings for details.

LIVE AT LOLLAPALOOZA 2007 TRACK ON ITUNES "Say You Will" from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals' 2007 Lollapalooza performance is now available on iTunes!

"GOIN' HOME: A TRIBUTE TO FATS DOMINO" IN STORES NOW

Icons from every genre of music have joined together for this double CD set to benefit the Tipitina's Foundation.  Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are joined by The Skatalites on the track "Be My Guest."  This stellar tribute will help raise desperately needed funds specifically earmarked for instruments to be donated to New Orleans' public school children as well as creating a community center in the still ravaged Lower 9th Ward.  Get the complete track list and purchase info at: http://www.vanguardrecords.com

LIVE TRACKS FROM "LIFELINE" TOUR STREAMING WEEKLY!

We are proud to deliver exclusive live cuts from Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals' North American "Lifeline" tour every week for the next 2 months!

Check them out in the BHIC Radio and accompanying nightly concert photos in the Tour Archive and Photos sections.

SAN DIEGO, OAKLAND #2 ADDED TO "LIFELINE" TOUR

Thanks to high demand we've added two more shows to the "Lifeline" Tour!  On Saturday, November 17th BHIC will circle around back to Oakland for another night at the Paramount, and then will end the tour at San Diego Civic Theatre on Sunday, November 18th.

San Diego is on sale now and Oakland goes on sale at 10am PDT on Sunday, September 30th.  Tickets available via Ticketmaster.

See Tour Dates for additional information.

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE 30TH ANNIVERSARY COVER SHOOT

Check out the Outside's 30th Anniversary Cover Shoot featuring the music of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at www.outsideonline.com/anniversaryicons