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Cory and John Mayer sit down with their guitars to jam and discuss how they approach playing, songwriting, record-making, and the music business.

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Get inside the sounds of one of the most revered slide players on the planet as he goes deep on lap steels, his philosophy on tone, and his mythical Dumbles.

Premier Guitar’s John Bohlinger hung out with Ben Harper and his long-time guitarist Jason Mozersky before a gig at Nashville’s revered Ryman Auditorium. Harper and Mozersky took PG through a slew of truly one-of-a-kind axes and amps going well over an hour.

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In November 2013, Ben Harper emotes at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, in a concert that also teamed him with blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite. "I put a lot into the words," the guitarist asserts.

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With his Innocent Criminals back together for a new album, Call It What It Is, the lap slide guru talks about his roots, songwriting, collaboration, and the mysteries of reggae and Neil Young.

In 2008—after nearly a decade of making roots-based music go pop, and winning two Grammys along the way—the collective consciousness of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals had started to fade. Both personally and musically, the band was failing to evolve and grow. It was time for a change. So Harper focused more on his hard-rocking Relentless7 group along with some select solo projects.

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