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Ben Solo UK Tour in April

Ben Ottewell is heading out on a UK tour in April! It will be an acoustic affair with Ben playing music from his newly-recorded album Rattlebag as well as his first album Shapes & Shadows and some Gomez favorites.

Ben's solo album, Rattlebag, was recently completed through an Indiegogo pledge campaign, thanks to support from fans like you. If you missed your chance to pre-order through Indiegogo, be sure to pick up a copy at one of the shows, and please standby for news about future release. For more updates and information, follow Ben on Facebook.

Ben Solo Album Update

Ben 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 On

On 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 Album

Ben 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 November

Exciting 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:
November 18, 2013 • Fremantle, WA • Mojo's Bar
November 19, 2013 • Perth, WA • PICA
November 20, 2013 • Adelaide, SA • Grace Emily
November 21, 2013 • Geelong, VIC • Barwon Club
November 23, 2013 • Ballarat, VIC • Karova Lounge
November 24, 2013 • Melbourne, VIC • Northcote Social Club
November 27, 2013 • Cronulla, NSW • Brass Monkey
November 28, 2013 • Sydney, NSW • Annandale Hotel
November 30, 2013 • Coogee, NSW • The Bunker
December 1, 2013 • Brisbane, QLD • Beetle Bar

Ben Solo US Shows Start Next Weekend

Just 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.

Ben solo:

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.

Tickets are on-sale now for the UK dates and the US shows are all on sale by tomorrow. Visit or the tour page for details.


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.


Ben Solo Tour in Australia

Ben is bringing his solo tour down to Australia this June and July! All shows minus Perth (opener TBA on that one) will feature special guest Matt Walker. Tickets are on sale now, visit the tour page or for details.


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: