Ben Harper at PNE Amphitheater 7/4Posted by Jessica Kaminski
Ben Harper has been carving out his niche in American music for more than two decades. Harper made a name for himself as singer-songwriter with his eclectic sound that draws from a diverse array of genres. The soulful blend of blues, folk, reggae and rock has earned Harper two Grammy’s and a pile of critical acclaim. Some of his recent accolades include:
Harper is in top form, crafting songs that succeed lyrically and musically, capturing much of the blues-driven energy of White Lies while mixing in a delicate simplicity that adds a layer of depth to the bluesman’s latest effort.
…rage cuts through any sentimentality, from the distorted primal screaming on “Do It for You, Do It for Us” to the passionate, ragged glory of his searing guitar solos… If this represents the sound of pain and letting go — well, then, Harper makes it hurt so good.
Harper is on tour supporting his latest album Give Till It’s Gone, a record that he has described as ” 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.” This honest musical statement is Harper’s 10th studio album and is marked by a musical focus punctuated by raw emotion. This show is a bit of a hike from Seattle (it is in Vancouver, Canada), but will be an excellent occasion to see Harper in his element — and a great opportunity to have some pountine.