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Fistful of Mercy on World Cafe | February 24, 2011 |

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After a chance meeting in a skate park in California, Grammy-winning musician Ben Harper teamed up with singer-songwriters Joseph Arthur and Dhani Harrison (son of The BeatlesGeorge Harrison). The trio managed to write and record nine original acoustic songs, with some help from drummer Jim Keltner and violinist Jessy Greene.
The nature of the impromptu pairing makes for an exciting story, but the trio doubted much would become of it. "It's funny how some things manifest so quickly — come up with a band, a name, an idea," says Arthur. "And suddenly see T-shirts with the name it."
Fistful Of Mercy released its debut LP, As I Call You Down, last fall. (link)
 
HOUR ONE
 
Joseph Arthur "Even Tho" Our Shadows Will Remain 
The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine" Barton Hollow 
Josh Ritter "Snow is Gone" Live EP 
Kurt Vile "In My Time" In My Time 
Ben Harper "Excuse Me Mr." Fight for Your Mind 
Fistful of Mercy "Fistful of Mercy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Fistful of Mercy "As I Call You Down" Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Fistful of Mercy "Things Go 'Round" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Fistful of Mercy "Father's Son" Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Iron & Wine "Tree By the River" Kiss Each Other Clean 
Death Cab for Cutie "Soul Meets Body' Plans 
 
HOUR TWO
 
The Decemberists "Rise to Me" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Hayes Carll "Kmag Yoyo" Kmag Yoyo 
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova "You Ain't Goin Nowhere" I'm Not There Soundtrack 
The Low Anthem "Ghost Woman Blues" Smart Flesh 
Robert Plant & The Band of Joy "Angel Dance" Band of Joy 
Indigo Girls "Least Complicated" Swamp Ophelia 
David Wax Museum "Born With a Broken Heart" Everything is Saved 
Spoon "Written in Reverse" Transference 
Elvis Costello "Accidents Will Happen" Armed Forces 
Middle Brother "Me Me Me" Middle Brother 
The Wood Brothers "Shoofly Pie" Smoke Ring Halo
Stealers Wheel "Stuck in the Middle With You" Super Hits Of The '70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 10
Cake "Sick of You" showroom of Compassion 
The Gaslight Anthem "American Slang" American Slang