Ben Harper records new album with his mom called 'Childhood Home,' [LISTEN]
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Mar 19, 2014 03:44 PM EDT
Ben Harper and his mom Ellen have teamed up for a new collaborative album, Childhood Home, set for release a week before Mother's Day. As Rolling Stone reports, the 10-track effort will feature "the good, bad, ugly and beautiful parts of home and family life with four tracks written by Ellen Harper and six by Ben."
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Harper spoke to Rolling Stone about the genesis of the project saying, "My mom and I making a record together is something we have talked about doing for a very long time. I guess you could say a life time."
Ben comes from a long line of musicians. His mother was a multi-instrumentalist, and his grandparents established The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California, where Ben would spend many afternoons around countless instruments and talented musicians.
"I was a single mom, so he would come to the music store pretty much every day after school, and help out while I was working. I think he just absorbed a lot of it," Ellen said in a statement. "It was in his environment, everywhere, because I used to play in bands, and he used to hang out with us all the time."
The album's opening track, "A House is A Home," is now streaming on RS. On the folk number explores the enduring nature of a homestead: "Even when it's dark / even when the grass is overgrown in the yard / even when the dog is too old to bark / and when you're sitting at the table trying not to start."
Childhood Home is due out May 6 via Prestige Folklore. Listen to "A House is A Home" here and check out the tracklist below. Let us know what you think in the comments section.