3x GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter/musician/producer Ben Harper releases his much- anticipated new album Bloodline Maintenance along with an official music video for the new single “Need To Know Basis” – which features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage shot earlier this month at the Lucca Summer Festival in Italy.

Produced by Harper and the esteemed Sheldon Gomberg, “Need To Know Basis” marks the latest single from Harper’s fiercely soulful new album, Bloodline Maintenance, out today.

“Need To Know Basis” showcases the distinctive sound of the Clavinet, performed by legendary keyboardist Larry Goldings (James Taylor, John Mayer, Steve Gadd). “It’s kind of the unsung hero of soul music,” Harper says. “It was made famous by the intro to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition,” which was probably the first song my dad ever played for me. I brought Larry in and we had an absolute blast. ‘Need To Know Basis’ is about how hard it is for some people to say I love you, and how people can be waiting to hear that from them. The bass is accompanied by a low-end shadow guitar playing along, which was something I learned from Al Anderson from The Wailers.”

Harper – joined by his longtime band, The Innocent Criminals – will herald Bloodline Maintenance with an epic world tour highlighted by North American and European headline dates, festival performances, US shows alongside Jack Johnson, and a 10-night run supporting his recent collaborator Harry Styles at Los Angeles, CA’s Kia Forum. Additional headline dates will be announced. For updates and ticket information, please visit www.benharper.com/tour.

BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS

WORLD TOUR 2022

JULY

20 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7 Summer Nights Open Air

22 – Barcelona, Spain – Festival Jardins Pedralbes

23 – Girona, Spain – Sons del Món

25 – Madrid, Spain – Noches del Botánico

28 – Carcassonne, France – Festival de Carcassonne

29 – Gignac, France – Le Festival Ecaussysteme à Gignac

31 – Colmar, France – Foire aux Vins d’Alsace

AUGUST

2 – Palmanova, Italy – Piazza Grande

3 – San Mauro Pascoli, Italy – Acieloaperto Festival

4 – Rome, Italy – Cavea Auditorium Parco Della Musica

6 – Taormina, Italy – Teatro Antico di Taormina

9 – Riola Sardo, Italy – Parco dei Suoni

11 – Brescia, Italy – Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto

26 – Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada – Trois-Rivières En Blues

SEPTEMBER

16 – Victoria, BC – Rifflandia Festival *

18 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery

20 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater

21 – Bend, OR – Clear Summer Nights

22 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield

24 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre ^

OCTOBER

6 – Ojai, CA – Libbey Bowl

7 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre ^

23 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

24 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

26 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

28 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

29 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

31 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

NOVEMBER

2 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

4 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

5 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

7 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

9 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

11 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

12 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

14 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

15 – Inglewood, CA – Kia Forum †

  • Festival Performance

^ w/Jack Johnson

† w/Harry Styles