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After nearly 14 years, The Chicks released their fifth studio album GASLIGHTER to rave reviews in July 2020 via Columbia Records. The 12-track record was co-produced by award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and close friend of the band Jack Antonoff. Earning universal recognition as the biggest-selling U.S. female band of all time, The Chicks have sold more than 30.5 million albums and are among an elite group of artists and the only female group to achieve multiple “diamond” selling (ten million copies) releases. Counting 13 GRAMMY® Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and numerous Country Music Association Awards among many other accolades, their last record-breaking studio album, TAKING THE LONG WAY (2006), won five GRAMMY® Awards including “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”
The Chicks are Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer. Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains and moms, they have grown from a band into a cultural phenomenon. Since the release of their debut album, WIDE OPEN SPACES in 1998, The Chicks music has stirred emotions in fans around the world, making them one of the biggest and most influential bands of our time. Their on-stage reputation has catapulted them to sell over $100 million worth of concert tickets, while outspoken songs like “Goodbye, Earl” and “Not Ready To Make Nice” make it clear that this power trio plays by their own rules. In November 2016, The Chicks performed “Daddy Lessons” alongside Beyoncé at the 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards and released a studio version of the track to digital outlets the following day. In 2019, The Chicks returned to the airwaves as a feature on Taylor Swift’s “Soon You’ll Get Better,” one of the leading tracks off Swift’s seventh studio album, LOVER. After 14 nearly years, The Chicks released their fifth studio album GASLIGHTER on July 17, 2020. For additional information on The Chicks, please visit www.thechicks.com.
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Ben Harper was born on October 28, 1969 and his music and career embodies the sonic bravery, brilliance, lyrical honesty and abiding social activism of that pivotal time.
Harper's protest singer roots are deep and generational. His grandfather was persecuted for being a communist. Harassed by local authorities the family migrated west and became fixtures of a thriving Southern California folk scene. Harper learned guitar at the family music store frequented by artists such as Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Doc Watson, John Fahey, Leonard Cohen, Jackson Browne, and others. By the time he was 21, he was touring with international music legend Taj Mahal. In the ensuing years he would record sixteen albums, amass a worldwide following selling over 15 million records worldwide and win three Grammy Awards. He would also produce works for Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Natalie Maines, and others, and he has recorded with a diverse roster of artists ranging from John Lee Hooker, Solomon Burke and Jack Johnson to Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and Harry Styles. In 2020, Harper launched his own record label, Mad Bunny Records.
July 2022 saw Harper release his next record, the political and personally revealing, fearless and soulful Bloodline Maintenance. The first single "We Need To Talk About It," was released June 15th.