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Video: Fistful of Mercy Develop "Father's Son" in the Studio

Supergroup of Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur take RS behind the scenes of their new single

September 29, 2010 4:39 PM ET

You've maybe heard Fistful of Mercy's latest single "Father's Son" on the radio, and now Rolling Stone has exclusive footage of the new supergroup of Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur in the studio working on the track. Watch as Fistful of Mercy tune their guitars, work on the lyrics, lay down the vocals and pinpoint their harmonies on "Father's Son" above. The band's debut album As I Call You Down is out on vinyl now, with a digital and CD release to follow October 5th.

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