Ben Harper releases new album 'Wide Open Light'

Published 6 months ago on June 21, 2023

By Guitar Interactive Magazine


Releases New Album WIDE OPEN LIGHT 

via Chrysalis Records

 Features New Single 'Masterpiece'

 2023 Summer Tour Dates On Sale Now

Tickets Available HERE



Singer-songwriter, musician and producer Ben Harper has released his new studio album WIDE OPEN LIGHT, available today via Chrysalis Records. The album features his recent release Ben Harper - Wide Open Light 'Yard Sale' featuring Jack Johnson,  'Love After Love' and his latest single 'Masterpiece'.

 The follow up to his GRAMMY-nominated record BLOODLINE MAINTENANCE, WIDE OPEN LIGHT is described by Ben as a family of songs he's written where each track is a close relative to the next. It's deliberately minimalist and the songs themselves do as much of the heavy lifting as the production. “There was once a time when albums didn’t need an adjacent story or fable. When the songs were enough,” Ben says. “I’m excited to return to this.”

WIDE OPEN LIGHT was produced by Ben Harper and his longtime collaborative partners including guitarist, songwriter and producer Jason Mozersky, and Danny Kalb, who also recorded and mixed Ben’s albums BOTH SIDES OF THE GUN and LIFELINE. The new record also features special guests such as Jack Johnson on vocals and guitar for 'Yard Sale', Shelby Lynne on '8 Minutes', and Piers Faccini on the title track 'Wide Open Light'.

As the first single from the album, 'Yard Sale' tells the story of “follows a man through the final blurred stages of a breakup. With each passing verse the couple grows further beyond reach or repair. By the song's end, he’s more confused than when the song began.” The second single, 'Love After Love', Ben says, “illustrates love as the ultimate renewable resource.” Meanwhile, his new single 'Masterpiece' is a powerful song that relates the act of love to that of creating a work of art, a masterpiece.

Harper’s new music arrives fresh off the heels of his recent appearance in the AppleTV+series 'Extrapolations', a fictional drama based in the near future when the effects of climate change have become embedded in society. The show includes an all-star cast featuring Meryl Streep, Kit Harington, Forest Whitaker, and many more.

Ben recently appeared as a guest on The Jennifer Hudson Show where he talked about the new album and appearing in “Extrapolations.” In May, Ben was featured in Harper Bazaar as their Music Director for the month’s issue (read here).  Ben has also recently been featured on CBS MorningsABC NewsSPINEntertainment WeeklyVariety, and spoke with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Radio 1 earlier this week, to name a few.

Following the release of WIDE OPEN LIGHT, Harper will have an extensive European summer tour, then select dates with The Chicks, before a string of headlining dates on tour in the US this autumn. Harper’s autumn tour begins in Richmond, VA on September 29th, and will feature shows in Portland, ME, Buffalo, NY, Cincinnati, OH, MIlwaukee, WI and more. He will also perform at the Oceans Calling Music FestivalSound on Sound Music & Arts Festival, and the recently announced Farm-to-Fork Festival.

As a 3x-GRAMMY-winner, Harper has amassed international critical applause and a worldwide fan following  for his own genre-traversing body of work while also producing acclaimed albums by Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Natalie Maines, Ziggy Marley, and others. An inveterate collaborator, Harper has also recorded with a diverse span of artists ranging from John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, to Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and, most recently, Harry Styles, to contribute his signature guitar work to the superstar’s chart-topping album, HARRY’S HOUSE. Harper joined Styles for an astounding 12 nights of performances at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles this past fall.

Ben Harper black and white head shot
Photo Credit: Michael Halsband

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