BEN HARPER



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Ben's songs, voice and vibe, touches that sweet, tender spot within -- and his music, which blends blues, folk, reggae and rock is all heart and soul. Ben Harper, two-time Grammy Award winner, grew up in Southern California and got turned on to roots music at an early age, mostly hanging around his grandparents place, The Folk Music Center and Museum, which was frequented by the likes of Taj Mahal and David Lindley. Harper played guitar as a child, and as a teen was influenced by the early delta blues of Robert Johnson and took up slide guitar. Soon afterwards Ben refined his style by taking up the Weissenborn slide guitar (which is a lap steel guitar made by Hermann Weissenborn in L.A. back in the 1920's). Twenty years ago he made an album with good friend/singer-songwriter and High Sierra alum Tom Freund and got a deal with Virgin records, which set his star soaring. Since then Ben has recorded 10 albums and earned international acclaim particularly in Europe and Australia. We've wanted to present Ben Harper at High Sierra for years and are thrilled to have the opportunity to do so in 2012.



2012 LINEUP
Ben Harper
STS9
Railroad Earth
Galactic
Built To Spill
Toots and The Maytals
Ryan Bingham
ALO
Matisyahu
Lotus
Delta Spirit
Soulive
Heartless Bastards
Big Gigantic
The Devil Makes Three
Deer Tick
Greensky Bluegrass
Garage A Trois
Paper Diamond
The Slip
Lettuce
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
Grupo Fantasma
MarchFourth Marching Band
Mocean Worker
The Motet: Funk Is Dead!
Skerik's Bandalabra
Red Baraat
The TRIO feat. Johnny Vidacovich, Ike Stubblefield and Grant Green Jr.
The Stooges Brass Band
The New Orleans Suspects
Ben Sollee
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Silent Frisco
Nathan Moore
The Lumineers
Marco Benevento
Elephant Revival
Papadosio
Split Lip Rayfield
Rubblebucket
Birds of Chicago
Brokedown In Bakersfield
Delicate Steve
Gardens & Villa
David Garza
Dead Winter Carpenters
Kids These Days
Y La Bamba
Mike Dillon Band
Steve Poltz
Matt The Electrician
Big Light
The Nibblers
Living Folklore
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Artists-at-Large:
- Skerik
- Mike Dillon
- "Delicate" Steve Marion
- Sunny Jain (Red Baraat)



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