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Childhood Home: release on Mother’s Day

Ben Harper has just completed recording an album of duets with his mother, singer-songwriter Ellen Chase-Verdries. The 10-track record, Childhood Home, is all originals written by Harper and Chase-Verdries and will be released on Mother’s Day.

“It’s produced like early Elvis. Not one thing is plugged in. It’s all acoustic,” Harper said. “I think they’re going to call it ‘Americana,’ but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American.”

Ringo Starr guest on the second R7 album

Lately, life has been a blur for singer/songwriter Ben Harper.

At 5 a.m. last Friday, Harper and the Relentless7 walked out of Jackson Browne’s Groove Masters recording studio in Santa Monica with a fully mixed new record. Without missing a beat, they completed their plans for the next national tour, which started Thursday in Illinois, brings them to Baltimore’s Pier Six Pavilion on Tuesday and continues through the summer.

It’s only been a year since Harper’s last release, “White Lies for Dark Times” — Harper’s first with the Relentless7 — but the square-jawed singer doesn’t take much downtime between albums. Since 2001, he has released six studio and two live records, and the new one, titled “Give ‘Til It’s Gone,” could surface later this year.

“Give ‘Til It’s Gone” might be Harper’s second album with the Relentless7, whom he recruited in 2008, but for Harper, it feels like the first.

“On the first record, we didn’t have any sights set on making a record,” Harper said. ” ‘White Lies for Dark Times’ ” made us a band. This is the first record we’ve made as a band, with a great deal of experience under our belt. I’m really confident about it.”

To give the songs on the new album a different texture, Harper and Co. all set up in one of Groove Masters’ big rooms and recorded most of the songs live. A few of them were knocked out on the first take, Harper said.

“It’s a band in a room playing for each other,” Harper said. “There are themes about love, life, loss, coming to grips with the way the world’s never going to be, and the way the world is.”

Harper is vague about how much of his songwriting is autobiographical and how much is fiction. He casually tosses out numbers like “40/60″ or “30/70,” and even when pressed to explain them, dodges the question.

“It’s not up to me to tell you which one’s which,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s 30 percent me and 70 percent the listener.”

So far, Harper and the Relentless7 have only played a couple of the new songs live — “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Free” and “I Will Not Be Broken.” Harper likes to keep most of his new music close to the vest until the album is released. As the name implies, the album has a positive feel — more upbeat than his last one.

“It feels good,” he said.

Album: White Lies For Dark Times

Ben harper album: white lies for dark times

Tracklist:

01. Number With No Name
02. Up To You Now
03. Shimmer And Shine
04. Lay There And Hate Me
05. Why Must You Always Dress In Black
06. Skin Thin
07. Fly One Time
08. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
09. Boots Like These
10. The Word Suicide
11. Faithfully Remain

white lies for dark times

Listen to the album at:

http://www.myspace.com/benharper

All the tour dates at:

http://benharper.fr/dates-live-concerts/

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Ben Harper: Lifeline Tour Edition 2 cds

“Lifeline” Tour Edition 2CD [European Import]

Special European re-issue with a bonus disc.

comprised of 10 songs from Ben’s “Lifeline Tour:

Live at the Paramount” in Seattle 2007.

Not available in U.S. stores. Limited edition!

Buy it now: http://www.benharper.biz

Listen to “In the Colors” (live in Seattle)

Lifeline

1. Fight Outta You

2. In The Colors

3. Fool For A Lonesome Train

4. Needed You Tonight

5. Having Wings

6. Say You Will

7. Younger Than Today

8. Put It On Me

9. Heart Of Matters

10. Paris Sunrise #7

11. Lifeline

Live in Seattle

1. Fight Outta You

2. Say You Will

3. In The Colors

4. Needed You Tonight

5. Whipping Boy

6. Younger Than Today

7. Fool For A Lonesome Train

8. Heart Of Matters

9. Welcome To The Cruel World

10. Put It On Me