Ben Harper Played Rockwood Music Hall Last Night with His Mom

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 am by

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Even a rockstar like Ben Harper gets nervous around mother. With good reason. The duo, accompanied by backing band, debuted their new collaborative effort last night at Rockwood Music Hall in front of an intimate audience of music industry folk (and some press). And it was allegedly the first ever gig together as “Ben & Ellen” … before embarking on the support tour for Childhood Home.

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The cramped stage somehow managed to fit five musicians, six guitars, a baby grand piano, and upright bass. But that’s neither here nor there. The music itself was somewhat of a departure from the usual, offering stripped down country-folk with a helping of down-home lyrics. Ben & Ellen performed the entire ten-track record in rapid-fire mode, but left some time in between cuts to show gratitude toward the fans for spending “supper time” with him.

It’s also worth noting that a fraction of the songs were actually penned by momma Harper, including the banjo delight (and crowd pleaser), “Farmer’s Daughter.”

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Childhood Home is out May 6 via Concord Music Group imprint Prestige Folklore. Just in time for Mother’s Day.

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