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New album – Ben & Ellen Harper “Childhood Home”

BEN AND ELLEN HARPER REFLECT ON Childhood Home

COLLABORATIVE ALBUM DUE MAY 6 VIA PRESTIGE FOLKLORE

Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create Childhood Home (Prestige Folklore), an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs set for release on May 6, 2014. Landing the week before Mother’s Day, the ten songs on Childhood Home, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy.

childhood-benharperThe 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.” “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.

The tender, artfully crafted story sketches on Childhood Home are laced with an undercurrent of love, wistfulness and, sometimes, pain. “A house is a home even when there’s ghosts / Even when you gotta run from the ones who love you most,” Ben sings on the album opener “A House Is A Home.” On “Memories of Gold,” truthfulness cuts through sweet nostalgia: “In the winter she wants to be dancer / In springtime she wants to be a scribe /In summer she wants to be a painter / Come autumn the mother of a child.” Likewise, the sacrifice and despair of domestic life is devotedly delivered on Ellen Harper’s “Altar of Love”: “He always works late, determines his own fate / He’s found his true match; he’s found his soul mate / Sorry he says, sorry he feels / Can’t help himself, he fell head over heels / And now she’s another wife and a mother / Sacrificed on the alter of love.”

Ben Harper produced Childhood Home “like early Elvis,” he told Rolling Stone, after he and Charlie Musselwhite won the “Best Blues Album” GRAMMY Award for last year’s critically acclaimed Get Up! (Stax/Concord). “Not one thing is plugged in. It’s all acoustic. I think they’re going to call it ‘Americana,’ but it’s soul, California, folk rock, American.”

Addressing a hometown audience, Ben recently affirmed: “I’ve always figured home is where you run from, and then run to.” Ben and Ellen Harper find the circle unbroken on Childhood Home.

Childhood Home Tracklist:

1. A House Is a Home
2. City of Dreams
3. Born to Love You
4. Heavyhearted World
5. Farmer’s Daughter
6. Memories of Gold
7. Altar of Love
8. Break Your Heart
9. Learn It All Again Tomorrow
10. How Could We Not Believe

You can pre-order the CD now at Amazon.com.

Source: www.benharper.com

Jah Work: A Lewis Marnell Tribute

jah-work-a-lewis-marnell-tributeBen Harper is helping to raise money for the family of Australian pro skateboarder Lewis Marnell, whose untimely death in January at the age of 30 left his family in dire financial straits. A lifelong skateboarding enthusiast and friend to skaters around the world, Harper has reunited with the Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2007 to re-record the song “Jah Work” from his 1997 album, “The Will to Live.” The song is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com and Google Play, with all proceeds going to the Lewis Marnell family memorial fund.

“Lewis was a brilliant artist and athlete not to mention a truly beautiful soul. We loved him and his contributions to skating, and we thought a song would be a wonderful way to celebrate his life and help his family.” said Harper.

Marnell died Jan. 18 from complications of diabetes, a disease he lived with from the age of 10. He did not allow his condition to impede his meteoric skateboarding career. He skated with such passion and style that can’t be replicated, he made all his tricks look effortless and his love for life was infectious. In 2008 he made his mark when he went pro for Almost Skateboards and he was named Skater of the Year from Australian skateboarding magazine slam. Marnell got married in late 2012, and died only a few months later, leaving his family with a large debt. Global efforts to help the family financially ensued, with Harper’s being the latest.

Lewis Marnell tribute ONE LOVE from Jason Hernandez on Vimeo.

Source: jahwork.benharper.com/

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.”

Iphone: Ben Harper free app

Benharper.fr and Idtonic are pleased to release the Ben Harper app, this free app is dedicated to spreading good music and provides all the current news and tour schedule. Fans will enjoy videos, audio and photos. We wanted to use new technology to improve upon a much-loved fan experience. In the next version we will integrate more social part.

Special thanks to Dave, from IDTONIC Agency.
Without you this app would not exist ! Thank you again

Download BH app: https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/bh-music/id681274153?mt=8

Live from the Granada Theater

Happy New Year! To thank you for your support of the Grammy nominated Get Up!, from now until Jan 14 at midnight PT you can stream or download Live from the Granada Theater: Dallas, Texas September 10, 2013 free!

Click here to stream: https://soundcloud.com/ben-harper/sets/ben-harper-charlie-musselwhite
or download: http://media.benharper.com/jump.php?id=3456

Source: benharper.com
Photography: Melissa Nicholson