Ben Solo Album UpdateBen recently stopped by Radio 2 to chat with Dermot O'Leary about his upcoming album, Rattlebag, and perform "Red Dress" (replay here) and you can watch Ben perform the title track for The Clockwork Owl Sessions here:
The album is currently over halfway funded; you can find all the details on the Indiegogo campaign here and help push it the rest of the way. There's also a solo gig in Sheffield in the books later this month if you're in the area and want to preview more of the new material.
Virgin (UK) Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Vinyl Reissue of Bring It OnOn Monday, November 11th, our debut album, Bring It On, will be released on vinyl in the UK. This reissue, in celebration of Virgin Records 40th Anniversary, is being pressed from the original Townhouse analog masters. You can go to a nice independent record shop and ask them to order you a copy.
Support Ben's Upcoming Solo AlbumBen is hard at work on his second solo album and if you'd like to throw him some support, he just launched an Indiegogo campaign which will offer updates throughout the process and exclusive rewards to those who contribute. You can find all the details here.
Ian to Release New Solo Album and Tour Australia in NovemberExciting news, Aussie friends! Ian will be touring your fair country in November in support of his new record, Unfold Yourself. The album, after its very successful PledgeMusic campaign (thanks to folks like yourself), will be released on November 15th on Stop Start in Australia. Stay tuned for details on its release elsewhere. The tour then begins on the 18th in Fremantle and will bring Ian to a total of ten cities by the time it wraps up in Brisbane on December 1st. Tickets are on sale now, check below for his full itinerary. Ian solo:
Ben Solo US Shows Start Next WeekendJust a quick reminder to our American friends that Ben will be touring around the US starting next Saturday in Somerville, MA. That's followed up by Baltimore, a return visit to NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, and he finishes things out in Denver on the 12th. Buddy will joining Ben on most of these dates, now including Somerville since last we wrote. You can find details and ticket links for all of these shows below.
If you'd like to get a preview, here's Ben performing "Blackbird" in-studio at 3RRR while he was touring Australia this summer and "Get Miles" from last week's show in Weston-super-Mare.
October 5, 2013 • Somerville, MA • Johnny D's • Tickets #
October 6, 2013 • Baltimore, MD • Baltimore Soundstage • Tickets #
October 7, 2013 • New York, NY • Joe's Pub • Tickets
October 9, 2013 • Chicago, IL • City Winery • Tickets #
October 10, 2013 • Minneapolis, MN • Cedar Cultural Center • Tickets #
October 12, 2013 • Denver, CO • Soiled Dove • Tickets #
# with Buddy
New Ben Solo Dates in the UK this September and US in October
Ben will be making the solo rounds again in the UK and US in the next couple months! His UK run consists of shows in Exeter, Wakefield, and Matlock in September and his US slate in October features stops in Boston, Baltimore, NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Denver for good measure.
New Gomez Track on The Lone Ranger: Wanted Compilation
Blackie blazed the trail before we all dug into our new track, "Butch's Ballad," featured on The Lone Ranger: Wanted. The compilation includes tracks from Iron and Wine, Ben Kweller, Sara Watkins, Lucinda Williams and many more friends old and new. The album is available now in the US/Canada on iTunes, Amazon, etc and is scheduled to be released in the UK on August 2nd, subject to change at the whim of various third parties.
The Bring it On record turned 15 years old!Here's a playlist for you featuring a few tracks from the old classic and some cool new songs:
Ben Solo US Tour this April
After a successful run of UK dates this past winter, Ben has decided to make a quick coast-to-coast jaunt of the US this spring. The tour kicks off on April 17th with a string of dates along the eastern seaboard, with visits to Philly, NYC and DC before heading down to Austin for a gig at Lambert's (and a nice dish of bbq while he is at it). Ben will wrap things up along the West Coast, working his way down from the Pacific Northwest to the sandy shores of Southern California.
Expect a healthy dose of material from Ben's solo release, Shapes & Shadows (available here) as well as a few choice covers and some selections from the Gomez canon. All the details can be found on the tour page or on BenOttewell.com