Do We Burn the Boats? is the fourth album from Ireland’s ‘very own Bruce Springsteen’ Ben Glover, and with the growth in his talent as a song writer and his likenesses to both Springsteen and Dylan, it is becoming more and more evident why he is being described as ‘one of Ireland’s finest tunesmiths’.
Antrim-born Glover’s album was recorded in the heart of Nashville, produced by Neilson Hubbard and features a track (Rampart Street) co-written by American folk singer Mary Gauthier, who described Glover’s music as ‘shining work of kindness and heart’, stating that she was ‘proud to have co-written a song with him’.
When talking of the process that went into recording the album, Glover says: “I intended to record just five songs for an EP, but after three days in the studio we all felt that there was a momentum happening that we couldn't ignore. So we decided to go full steam ahead and cut ten songs and make an album”.
Since beginning his career as a musician, Glover has earned rave reviews across the globe for his music, and has sold out gigs in both the famed Hotel Café in Los Angeles and Nashville’s Bluebird Café, legendary for discovering country stars such as Taylor Swift andGarthBrooks. Over the years, Glover has performed with talents including Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Jason Mraz and Tift Merritt, and talks of his inspirations: ‘I was always drawn to and continue to be attracted to artists of a poetic nature, or great storytellers—obvious names like Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, and Paul Simon. And I've always had a great affection for country music; the Americana imagery always fascinated me. So people like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson are important sources to me, as well.”
His music has been used in feature films such as ‘Finding Joy’ and in hit webisode series ‘Adults Only’.