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Ben Harper Grabs Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne for New Relentless7 Album

March 23, 2010 4:56 PM ET

Ben Harper and Relentless7 have just finished recording their follow-up to 2009's White Lies For Dark Times. Titled Give Till It's Gone, the self-produced album will be out in the fall and features some high-profile guests. "Not only are we excited about the songs, but Ringo Starr is playing on one of the songs and that's just a huge deal for us. And Jackson Browne is singing in the background of one of the songs," Harper told a handful of media during a Canadian teleconference.

The album — which includes the songs "Still in Faith," "Don't Give Up On Me Now" and "I Will Not Be Broken" — was recorded at Groove Master Studios in Santa Monica, California, and still has to be mixed. "Any musician is always excited about their new record," said Harper, "but I can say when we made the first Relentless7 record, we became a band just after we made that record and this new record, Give Till It's Gone, is the record we made as a band. And I think you can hear and feel that."

Relentless7 includes guitarist Jason Mozersky, drummer Jordan Richardson and bassist Jesse Ingalls, three musicians who guested on Harper's 2006 double album, Both Sides of the Gun. He released his last album, Lifeline, with his longtime band the Innocent Criminals in 2007, then the new phase began with Relentless7. He says White Lies For Dark Times "surpassed my expectations. I had no idea what was going to happen.

"I didn't set any goals. I just knew when I brought those guys in, to play on Both Sides of the Gun, on the song 'Serve Your Soul,' it was a flash moment, that I thought, 'This group, these four individuals, have a future that we have to flush out, that we have to research.'

"I knew it then, and sure enough after I made Lifeline and did a few more tours, I was able to get back in a room with them and see what that chemistry was about," he added. "I had originally scheduled three days in the studio with them. And after those three days I just kept the studio on hold, and we proceeded to not only finish the record, but we became a band in the process of making the record."

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