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Album of the Week: Bloodline Maintenance by Ben Harper

Folk and blues artist, activist and 90's college radio superstar, Ben Harper has released his 17th album called Bloodline Maintenance.

Growing up around music, Harper's grandparents had a music store, the Folk Music Center and Museum, that gave him a foundation of folk and blues that he carries in to his music today. Bloodline Maintenance keeps folk and blues at its core, adding in a bit of funk, jazz and bounce.

Harper's backing band, the Innocent Criminals do not appear on this album, though are touring it with him. Instead, Ben recorded nearly all of the instruments himself including guitar, bass (upright and electric), drums and a unique assortment of percussion.

Hear more from Bloodline Maintenance when you listen to KAXE!

The music director at KAXE since 2014, Kari (pronounced Car-ee) Hedlund reviews music on the daily. She also hosts New Music every Wednesday (2 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), along with the KAXE Morning Show on Thursdays.