Live Video: Fistful of Mercy

If you were tuned into the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters at noon today, you heard the brand new project Fistful of Mercy, featuring an all-star cast of Dhani Harrison, Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur. The three only just made their presence know through Facebook, Twitter and their barebones website — but, wow, have they made an impact already! Recently, they’ve appeared on just a couple of FM and satellite radio stations (KEXP being one!), landed on Larry King Live, and joined Pearl Jam and others for the “Voices for Justice” rally for the West Memphis 3 at Robinson Center in Little Rock.

In-studio at KEXP, Dhani, Ben and Joe were joined by Jessy Greene on violin for an amazing set of five new songs. You’d hardly believe that this was only their third live performance given their intricate blend of vocal and guitar harmonies. Truly beautiful! Check out two of them here and check back for the rest of the set later:

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  1. Joyous
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    LOVE THIS! i was scheduled to be in seattle yesterday for the rest of this week on my way to the gorge, but now i’m stuck in idaho with car issues. so thank you for giving me my ben harper fix ~ i am loving this new sound with fistful of mercy. so harmonious. so beautiful.

  2. Cynthia
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Heard them at the “Voices for Justice” rally in Little Rock on Saturday. They are amazing. Such beautiful melody! Thanks for your support.

  3. Mark Stegall
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Really excited after seeing this for the CD and to hear the rest of the tracks. Its really fresh and has a genuine feel to it. Its new music to get excited about…

  4. James Farrelly
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    One fistful to the Heart, please?

    Thank you very much.


  5. Tedd Armstrong
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    This is so damn good!
    It’s so reminiscent of early CSN. And it is wonderfull to see George Harrisons offspring doing so well as a musician,and as a man.
    The “Apple” did not fall far from the tree…

  6. Lorraine Davis
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Loved it, felt it! Wish I had caught it truly “live” but I got it an hour or so later. Missed Dhani at the Palooza too damn-it! Next year… :~D. Keep it up Mercy!

  7. Gerald
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    thanks F. O. M. for the show last Thursday it was really cool meeting you all. its not to often that you meet rock stars that are so down to earth and just plain nice looking forward to the R7 show this weekend I’m going on Sunday hopefully they end it with a bang. Burn One Down Ben!

  8. Judy Quinn
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    How great to see this – very new and great news!
    Joseph Arthur is permanently in my car for all driving trips (near or far), so pretty exciting to have this new venture to look forward to hearing.
    Many Thnx – JQ (Chicago)

  9. Kim
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Melodic voices, incedible guitars and violin. Beautiful. Keep it up, Fistful of Mercy!

  10. Danae' Wirth
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    beautiful :)

  11. Marie Halle
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Its what popular mainstream music needs, a Fistful of Mercy I may even turn back on my FM station.

  12. Kevin McPherson
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Not only is this music so great and well done( for such few performances),but as one of those listeners this afternoon, I can tell you that the imagery you all conveyed with your expressive descriptiveness was astounding! Missed you at Easy Streets the other day but try not to miss the other performances. Thanks Guys!

  13. paula
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    amazing. fantastic. so many influences happening here. why no seattle show?? thanks for a great addition to my day.

  14. Posted September 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    They played an in-store set at Easy Street in West Seattle last Thursday, and they’ll be back to Seattle in October for an official tour.

  15. Aurélien
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Dommage que Seattle soit si loin!! On t’attend en France Ben, reviens vite t’es génial!!

  16. Kate Simpson
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    These guys are great. I am looking forward to the CD. Can’t wait to see them on the East coast. I agree they are very reminiscent of CSN&Y. Thanks for posting this.

  17. Amandine
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Merci pour tout ces moments de bonheur.

  18. Joe Parks
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink


  19. Dylan
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    D…. u forgot RED Snapper had a song RED SNAPPER :)

    well done with the songs!

  20. Ron Rauba
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Wowee Wow Wow Wow.

  21. Dawn
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    If there was ever a music dream team…this is it!

  22. lori coates
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely WONDERFUL!! They simeautaneously have elements that sound similar to CSN[&sometime Y] in their vocal harmonies and yet, Dhani sings & plays guitar very much like his pop. Bless you Boys!! ♥

  23. Lynne
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    funny, I also thought of the Thorns … a little too short-lived, they were. Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, Shawn Mullins. The nearest thing to CSN since CSN. These guys gave me chills. Would love to hear them sing “In the Sun.”

  24. Michele Gaglio
    Posted September 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    WOW!!!! This is amazing! Thank you Ben, Joseph, and Dhani for a pasiionate colloboration! Hope you tour soon in the southeast US!!!!!

  25. Al Bemis
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    i love the message in fistful of mercy. we have away of saving our own lives. So beautifully written and performed.

  26. Percko
    Posted September 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    In Vain Or True – breathtaking, moving experience. thank you. Percko

  27. Maddy
    Posted September 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    I cannot wait to see you live!

  28. Aaron Poehler
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Where’s the rest of the set as promised?

  29. Posted September 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Soon! The album comes out at the beginning of October. Some time around then!

  30. Sally Boyd
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Wow!!! Love this!!! You guys are awesome!! Hope they come to Florida so we can see them perform live!!!

  31. Pat Fulghum
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    My brother of Emule, Joel Davies has just passed away in Paradise, CA and the timing of this beautiful music being provided beside of such a serious loss is far beyond amazing! I believe Ben Harper may well understand, because it is heavy… Lay your burden down! I have ordered the bundle and will play it in memory of my dear friend. Thank you!

  32. phillip G
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Good work fellows! Dhani, Ben, Joeseph. You guys ROCK! A breath of fresh air in this dismal cesspool of corporate entertainment!! I wish you well. Peace n Love: Phillip.

  33. karen leon
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Their music is so wonderful. Love listening to it in my car..daily..Hope to see them soon when they come east on a tour..

  34. Mariana
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful music !!!!!!!!

  35. aissa
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks a lot for this particular moment of excellent music. That is fantastic…

    A pity that in France where I am such kind of events are not organised like this

    Thanks again

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