Benjamin Harper is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his instrumental skills, vocals, live performances, and activism.
Three-time Grammy winner Ben Harper joins us to discuss his life and career, and previews his first entirely instrumental album, Winter Is for Lovers, which comes out October 23th.
Santino sits down with Ben Harper to chat about shitty gigs, paying dues and Ben performs a song that makes the Slugger get emotional.
Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper are musicians with wildly different backgrounds but a unifying love of the blues. Charlie was there at the birth of rock and roll. Ben grew up immersed in music while his family ran a landmark music store. They tell Marc how their shared interests led to their musical collaboration and their new joint album. Plus, Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E from the band Eels, returns to the show after a five-year hiatus to talk about Garry Shandling, Tom Petty, becoming a parent, and the new Eels album. This episode is sponsored by Archer: Danger Island on FXX and SimpliSafe.
Today we’re talking to the one-and-only Ben Harper. Ben tells us about a very special guitar he just received from luthier John Monteleone. It's the first lap steel guitar that Monteleone has ever made, a guitar that John has dubbed a Radio City Special Deluxe (see pictures and video at  In addition to talking about the origin of his Monteleone guitar, we talk to Ben about his new Reverb store, some recent recording projects (including a session with jazz player Bruce Bishop) and a lot more. Ben Harper's Official Site:  Please subscribe to the Fretboard Journal Podcast on iTunes if you haven't yet and don't forget to leave us a review.  Want our print edition? Go to and use the coupon code PODCAST and save $5.00 off any subscription or order.  Want to support our digital efforts even further? Click here to donate and support our ever-growing (and always free) podcast, video and digital content.    Lastly, this episode is sponsored by Retrofret, one of our favorite vintage instrument dealers in the country. Visit them online or at their Brooklyn showroom. 
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Oct 28th, 1969
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3 hours, 35 minutes
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