Ben Harper and Mother, Ellen, Collaborate on New Album
Ben and Ellen Harper will release Childhood Home on May 6, a week before Mother’s Day. The mother and son duo created ten original songs, with six written by Ben and the other four composed by Ellen. “A House Is a Home” is now available for stream over on Rolling Stone.
In 1958, Ben Harper’s grandparents established The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, CA. It was there where Ellen Harper, a talented multi-instrumentalist in her own right, encouraged her family to utilize the instruments in the museum as a musical laboratory. The likes of Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal frequented the museum, further influencing young Ben and his mother.
“I was a single mom, so [Ben] 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.”
“Without that upbringing, I don’t think I’d be doing what I do,” Ben told the LA Times upon his grandfather’s passing in 2004.
Childhood Home Track Listing:
A House Is a Home
City of Dreams
Born to Love You
Memories of Gold
Altar of Love
Break Your Heat
Learn It All Again Tomorrow
How Could We Not Believe