Ben Harper and his mother and fellow singer/songwriter Ellen Chase-Verdries, have completed Childhood Home, a new album of ten original songs arriving May 6 -- just in time for Mothers Day -- via Concord imprint Prestige/Folklore.
"It's produced like early Elvis. Not one thing is plugged in. It's all acoustic," says Harper. "I think they're going to call it ‘Americana,' but it's soul, California, folk rock, American."
Besides being a singer and songwriter, Chase-Verdries also runs The Folk Music Center in Claremont, California, a music store that has now become a folk music museum. The original store was founded by her parents Charles and Dorothy Chase. The original store counted Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal and David Lindley among its supporters.
Harper recent collaboration with harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite received a Grammy for Best Blues Recording. The two are planning on recording a follow up album following more concert dates together in 2014. "I got irons in the fire. I can't not seize them," Harper tells Rolling Stone. "It's full steam ahead with Charlie. You have to let the writing dictate the direction, and right now it's blues."