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Ben & Ellen Harper On World Cafe | May 9, 2014

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  • Photo Credit: Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist

In honor of Mother's Day, World Cafe welcomes singer Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, who've just released an album together titled Childhood Home.

Alongside his band The Innocent Criminals, Ben Harper has been making powerful, blues-influenced rock records since 1992. The most recent, Get Up! — which he recorded with harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite — won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.

His mother, Ellen Harper, has been singing and writing all her life. Her own parents opened the Claremont Folk Music Center and Museum in California in 1958; she and Ben practically grew up there. Ellen Harper now manages the folk-music mecca.

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Tracklisting:

(( )) for interlude music

Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Blur “Song 2” Blur
The Good, The Bad, & The Queen “Herculean” The Good, The Bad, & The Queen
Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill” Plastic Beach
((Damon Albarn “Hollow Ponds” Everyday Robots))
Damon Albarn “Mr. Tembo” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Damon Albarn “Hollow Ponds” Everyday Robots
Damon Albarn “Heavy Seas of Love” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Damon Albarn “Mr. Tembo” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots” Everyday Robots
Damon Albarn “El Manana” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Damon Albarn “You And Me” Everyday Robots
((Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots” Everyday Robots))
Jarekus Singleton “I Refuse To Lose” Refuse To Lose
Jack White “Lazaretto” Lazaretto
Talking Heads “Slippery People” Speaking In Tongues
tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain” Nikki-Nack
((Little Comets “Little Opus” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Ben & Ellen Harper “A House Is A Home” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ben & Ellen Harper “Farmer’s Daughter” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ben & Ellen Harper “Learn it All Again Tomorrow” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Ben & Ellen Harper “Farmer’s Daughter” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Sylvan Esso “Coffee” Sylvan Esso
Animal Collective “Summertime Clothes” Merriweather Post Pavillion
The Kaiser Chiefs “Coming Home” Education, Education, Education & War
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5 “The Message” Fresh & Furious: Hip Hop’s Beginning
((The Roots “The Seed” Phrenology))