Even though he forgot his guitar, musician Ben Harper was right at home in NPR's Los Angeles Bureau. The two audio engineers who operate the Bureau are both guitarists and were happy to let Ben jam on their instruments.
He took a few minutes to tune Marcia Caldwell's Takamine EC-132C.
He then segued into Roses From My Friends.
During the interview, Ben played two songs on the Takamine. We were not able to feature these songs in their entirely during the show, but you can hear them online:
The Woman In You
I Shall Not Walk Alone
This was not the first time Ben has appeared on NPR. In 1998, he was a featured artist on Anthem.
Noah Adams interviewed him 1994 on All Things Considered.
He spoke with Cy Musiker in 1995 for the program Crossroads.
Ben Harper's new CD, Live From Mars, will be released Tuesday, March 27. He and his band, The Innocent Criminals, are hitting the road this spring. Check Ben Harper's site for tour dates.
Hear John Ydstie's interview with Ben Harper.
The Holmes Brothers gave us the idea to talk with Ben Harper. They cover the Ben Harper song called I Shall Not Walk Alone on their new album, Speaking in Tongues. John spoke with the Holmes Brothers for the show on March 17.