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Editors’ Notes

Ben Harper comes from a musical family and here’s the proof. This ten-track, all acoustic album features duets between Ben and his mother Ellen Harper, who wrote four songs to Ben’s six. The elder Harper’s parents founded the Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California over 50 years ago and Ellen still works there. As a single mom, she raised Ben in these surroundings and he soaked up masterclasses taught by David Lindley, Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Childhood Home is a concept album, essentially, about the meaning of love and family and a young person’s sense of identity that causes them to leave the nest and to one day return to it with a greater understanding of their roots. Ben’s “A House Is A Home” covers this territory, with Ellen responding on “City of Dreams” with the tale of her hometown being swallowed up by suburban sprawl. The songs take largely a folk-country sound, with harmonies between Ben and Ellen striking a timeless pose on tunes like “Farmer’s Daughter,” “Memories of Gold” and “Altar of Love,” a waltz that speaks of her route to motherhood and the sacrifices it required.

Customer Reviews

Great Job!

I wouldn't change a thing! It's made so much sweeter for Ben to sing of home with his Mom. Born to love you took my breath away. Reminds me of days gone, and the music people made. I'm sure they shared many special times creating this. Ben Harper will always have a place on my playlists.
Shame on anyone who thinks his mom shouldn't be on here. It sounds all the better, you pompous git.

Acoustic comfort

This album makes me feel good. I got nothing more worth saying.

Why can't an artist have than one voice?

How restricting to be only one style or voice. The harmonies on this are beautiful and the human voice is what makes it so.
It's up to the artist to follow his heart, not to conform to what the past dictates. That's what makes us all grow.


Born: October 28, 1969 in Claremont, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining funky, groove-laden soul with handcrafted acoustic folk-rock, Ben Harper enjoyed cult status during the course of the '90s before gaining wider attention toward the decade's end. As a young artist, he drew his influences from classic singer/songwriters, blues revivalists, guitar slingers, and jam bands like Blues Traveler and Phish, which meant he was embraced by critics and college kids alike. Despite finding commercial success with the radio single "Steal My Kisses" in 2000, Harper continued...
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