Unplugged and electrifying
Ben Harper wants his mum. The serial collaborator, in Wellington for two acoustic shows this week, has just been co-writing with the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines and is releasing his first blues record with Charlie Musselwhite in January.
Also on the collaboration wishlist are ''the two Pauls'': Paul Simon and Paul McCartney. But there's one collaborator he hasn't yet managed to pin down: mother Ellen Chase-Verdries.
''My mum is a great songwriter and a great guitar player and one of the best singers you'll ever hear. So I want to make a record with my mum. She and I have been threatening to do it.''
It's not surprising given the family's musical history - funk-soul brother Harper learned his love of music in his mother's parents' Folk Music Centre.
But a mother-and-son record is still a long way off. more»