Ben and Ellen Harper

Originally aired on Radio NZ National Music, Saturday 26 April 2014

In 1958, musician Ben Harper's grandparents Charles and Dorothy Chase opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California, a musical instrument mecca that would become a drop-in spot for some of the greats of the West Coast's singer-songwriter community.

Ben's mother Ellen Harper works at the Folk Music Center to this day, and she's just added another string to her bow by recording her studio debut, Childhood Home, an acoustic set she recorded with her son Ben Harper. Sam Wicks talked to the mother-son collaborators about keeping it in the family.