Ben Harper and his mom record an album (RiYL podcast 052)

By Brian Heater at 8:30 am Tue, May 13, 2014

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Out this week, Childhood Home is the first album-length collaboration between Ben Harper and his mother, Ellen, a lifelong musician who runs Claremont, California’s Folk Music Center. The combination music store / museum, opened by Ellen's parents in 1958, has hosted everyone from Leonard Cohen to Taj Mahal.

A single mother, Ellen put her professional musical ambitions on hold to raise three boys. Now back on the road, she’s stepped into something far removed from those nascent coffee shop folk days, thanks to Ben's superstardom. When I met up with them, they were staying at the Ritz, just below Central Park, doing phone interviews with international press and making a handful of television appearances ahead of the new record.

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Published 8:30 am Tue, May 13, 2014

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Brian Heater (@bheater ) is a senior editor at Engadget and the founder of indie comics site, The Daily Cross Hatch. His writing has appeared in Spin, The Onion, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Press. He hosts several podcasts and shares an apartment in Queens with a rabbit named Sylvia.

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