Mostly Credited As: Fistful Of Mercy
Sometimes Credited As: Ben Harper
Date Of Birth: February, 2010
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Venice, California
The band formed in February 2010, when Arthur asked Harper to accompany him in the studio; Harper then asked Harrison, whom he had met at a skate park in Santa Monica, California, to accompany them. Upon arriving at the Carriage House studio in Los Angeles’ Silverlake neighborhood, the trio went on to write and record nine original acoustic songs. Harrison compared the trio's collaborative process to his father's stint in The Traveling Wilburys.
After recording the nine tracks, Harrison called longtime friend and drummer Jim Keltner to overdub on percussion. Violinist Jessy Greene also participated in the recording.
The band subsequently made their live debut in a performance for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic on August 26, 2010. Fistful of Mercy released their debut album As I Call You Down on October 5, 2010 via HOT Records.
The band was mentioned in a storyline of the NBC series Parenthood where a few characters went to a Fistful of Mercy concert in the Season 2 episode "I'm a Lot Cooler Than You Think". Fistful of Mercy's song "In Vain or True" is also played during scenes of the episode.