Rock N’ Roll Is Free? Well, according to Ben Harper it is or at least, it should be. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, activism, actually at the age of 12, Harper played his first gig and since 1992 he released a couple of quality records, shifting his style and approach between different sounds and genres.
His father, Leonard, was of African-American and Cherokee ancestry, and his mother, Ellen Chase-Verdries, is Jewish. His maternal great-grandmother was a Russian-Lithuanian Jew, so being multi-colored, shifting styles and merging genres it’s not quite surprising. But actually beyond his talent, this mixture of colors, shades and musical perfumes make his music so charming.
And “Give Till Its Gone” is another journey through different moods, sounds, tastes and aromas. He’s music it’s like cooking, depending on what kind of spices he use, it always came up with something else, something different, something new. Taking us from blues to psychedelic shades, from alternative rock to raggae or juggling nicely between country and folk, Harper always managed to bring some light and sparkling. Exciting and enjoyable, “Give Till Its Gone” it’s another nice piece to collect.
This time Ben Harper collaborates with the ex-Beatle drummer Ringo Starr, who co-wrote and played the drums in the tracks “Spilling Faith” and “Get There from Here”, and also Jackson Browne features in the song “Pray That Our Love Sees the Dawn”.