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    Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:49:07

    Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Releasing Joint Album - Find out when + what it's called!

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    • Ben Harper - HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Musician Ben Harper (seated) and rock musician Jackson Browne (at piano)perform at the Jail Guitar Doors All-Star Fundraising Concert at Ford Theatre on September 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
    • Ben Harper - HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Musicians Ellen Harper and Ben Harper perform at the Jail Guitar Doors All-Star Fundraising Concert at Ford Theatre on September 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
    • Ben Harper - HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Musician Ben Harper poses backstage at the Jail Guitar Doors All-Star Fundraising Concert at Ford Theatre on September 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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    Working with Mom -- is anything sweeter?

    Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create Childhood Home, an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs set for release on May 6, 2014.

    Perfect for Mother's Day Month!

    Landing the week before Mother's Day, the 10 songs on Childhood Home, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy.

    Here's the backstory: The album's source can be directly traced to the pair's highly unusual musical heritage. In 1958, Ben Harper's maternal grandparents established The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. It was there, amid guitars, banjos, tablas, ukuleles and all manner of instruments from around the world, that a distinctively musical family took shape. Ellen Harper, a talented multi-instrumentalist in her own right, encouraged her family to use the store (which she still operates) as a musical laboratory. The center was a magnet for up-and-comers such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal, who became extended family members, providing master classes in creativity and philosophy, all of which the young Ben Harper soaked up like a sponge.

    "I was a single mom, so he would come to the music store pretty much everyday after school, and help out while I was working. I think he just absorbed a lot of it," Ellen told a local paper. "It was in his environment, everywhere, because I used to play in bands, and he used to hang out with us all the time."

    B. Harper has a cool history.

    Track Listing:

    01. A House Is a Home
    02. City of Dreams
    03. Born to Love You
    04. Heavyhearted World
    05. Farmer's Daughter
    06. Memories of Gold
    07. Altar of Love
    08. Break Your Heat
    09. Learn It All Again Tomorrow
    10. How Could We Not Believe

    Would you ever collaborate with YOUR mama? If so, on what?

    —Carly Costello
    04.02.14



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