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Congratulations! 


Congratulations go out to Ben for being a semi-finalist in the 2012 Unsigned Only Music Competition. He was chosen as a semi-finalist out of over 7,500 submissions. Finalists will be announced on July 19th with final winners announced in August. Best of Luck Ben!

UPDATE... 


Ben's three weeks back in N. Ireland have been filled with radio visits, concerts, and interviews. Since the launch of his fourth album "Do We Burn The Boats?" Ben has played four straight sell out shows and tickets are going very quickly for the remaining dates on the books with Anthony Toner and Bap Kennedy.

A big thanks goes out to all of those at radio who have embraced "Do We Burn The Boats?"  Ben has visited with Ralph McLean, Alan Simpson, Gerry Anderson, John Kearns, Caroline Fleck and John Breslin on air. "Whatever Happens Will" has been playlisted by BBC Radio Ulster and "War to Believe (All This Time)" has been playlisted by Downtown Radio and City Beat.

The new record has recieved great early reviews from "The Irish News," "The Daily Mirror" and has been featured in "The Big List."


The video for the song "Memo"  (youtu.be/20aXzuCAxRA) has enjoyed a great response from viewers and fans. Check it out if you haven't already.

There is early talk of Ben taking the "Do We Burn The Boats?" to several European countries this fall. Keep checking back for dates and confirmations!

"Do We Burn The Boats? Is An Absolute Triumph"  

"Ben Glover’s new album Do We Burn The Boats? is an absolute triumph. The Antrim-born, Nashville-based musician has excelled himself with this collection of beautifully crafted and elegantly produced songs that are both heartfelt and captivating.

This is an album you can leave on from top to bottom without thetemptation to jump to the next track, such is the effortlessly smooth flow throughout. There is a very wholesome and timeless feel to Ben’s material the tracks could have been released in almost any decade and possess a very welcome ‘unfashionable’ quality. There is no attempt to slot in to a current trend or even the slightest tendency to veer from the song’s intended path at any time. This gimmick-free approach and focused discipline ensure that we are treated to an extremely authentic and valid record with the artistic emphasis firmly on lyrical prowess and attention to melodic detail.

Kicking off with the sparkling Whatever Happens Will with its delectable gospel backing vocals, traditional organ sounds and instant chorus, Do We Burn The Boats? sets sail across a variety of emotions and narratives with the common denominator being the simple but highly effective hook boasted by every song.

Meandering through the countrified blues of Memo and the delicate romance of Do What You Do, the album manages to navigate its way through a range of evocative styles while still managing to maintain its solid identity. The songs have their own personalities but are very much co- dependent as part of a bigger picture, ganging up to present a united front in what is a seriously strong line up. I’ve always thought that truly great albums whether it’s The Beatles’ Revolver, Led Zeppelin 2 or U2’s Achtung Baby – always sound like every single track was recorded in one afternoon in one room. That ethos would seem to have been applied in this case. There are undoubted influences on parade here as with every songwriter that ever picked up an acoustic guitar and began to write from the heart. I can hear Bob Dylan make a few appearances, particularly on the first half of Break Away, while echoes of Bruce Springsteen resound on Rampart Street and strains of Tom Petty emanate from the highly infectious War To Believe. Other creative forces that spring to mind throughout the record include Lou Reed and Paul Simon.
Such comparisons are obviously positive to be influenced by these artists is akin to simply being influenced by music itself.
There are plenty of highlights on this opus which makes selecting a ‘favourite’ a fairly difficult task but Uncomplicated is one of the most complete songs I have heard this year. From the first drum sound to the gentle hum of the closing chord, this track encapsulates everything Ben Glover has achieved with Do We Burn The Boats? and is a very accurate calling card in describing him as an artist. The song’s title also perfectly sums up this extremely laudable and deceptively addictive album."

- John Kearns - The Irish News (15 June 2012
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Live on Gerry Anderson Show - BBC Radio Ulster 

There will be a special live session on the Gerry Anderson Show on BBC Radio Ulster on Friday 15th June! Ben will be performing along with Bap Kennedy and Anthony Toner. The three are just about to begin a mini-tour together in N.Ireland, starting with two sold out shows in Banbridge and Lisburn. They will then head up to the north west and perform in McGrorys, Culdaff on 23rd June and in Limavady at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre on 27th June. 
Tickets for the McGrorys gig will be at the door on the night, while tickets for Limavavdy can be purchased via http://www.roevalleyarts.com/rv_events/songwriters-in-the-round/

Live on BBC Radio Ulster & Citybeat! 

 In support of his upcoming Irish gigs and new album, Ben, will be appreaing on a number of radio shows in N.Ireland over the next week. You can hear him perform live on the Alan Simpson show on BBC Radio Ulster at 4pm on Thursday 7th June. Then tune into the John Kearns show on Citybeat on Friday 8th June around midday for more live music and a chat. Thanks to all the great local radio stations for their ongoing support!

DRAPERSTOWN GIG SOLD OUT 

Ben's June 16th show at the Market Inn in Draperstown is sold out. Be sure to check the Tour Page for shows in your area and grab tickets while they are still available.

Live session on BBC Radio - Ralph McLean show 

 Ben begins his promotional tour for the new album with a visit to BBC Radio Ulster on the Ralph McLean show, on Wednesday 29th May. Ralph's show goes out at 8pm, so tune in for the interview and hear some live acoustic versions of new songs from "Do We Burn The Boats?"

Early Review of "Do We Burn The Boats?"  

BEN STILL BURNING IT UP

Ben Glover, seems to spend more time in his spiritual home of Nashville these days than in his real home in North Antrim.

It's a worthwhile sacrifice (if indeed living in Nashville could ever be classed a "sacrifice") for he keeps producing polished albums, the result of working with top musicians and producers.

Latest offering Do We Burn The Boats? is another great showcase for the Glenarm man's talents. Though he seems to have eschewed the more obvious Bruce Springsteen references in favour of more straightfoward country-rock there are still trace elements present.

War To Believe (All This Time) shares some of his bombast albeit in a low-key manner. Ultimate was most taken with the light country stomp of Memo, howver, with its hints, somehow, of Paul Simon, KT Tunstall (at least in the woo-hoos), Villagers, perhaps, and even some, gulp, Coldplay. It's a strangely satisfying mix.

Final track Rampart Street nods back to Nebraska-era Boss though, and there's no shame in that - even if you Burn The Boats, there's no point in burning the bridges as well... (Daily Mirror UK)

"Do We Burn The Boats" to be released June 4 

Do We Burn The Boats?,” Ben's fourth album, is another collaboration with producer

Neilson Hubbard. The pair teamed up in Mr. Lemons studio in Nashville, Tennessee for their third project together.  "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,” says Glover. “It all happened very quickly and organically, but I’ve learned that sometimes the creative process takes on a life of its own and when it does it’s best to follow it’s direction.”

 

The opening track in the album, "Whatever Happens Will" has recently been placed in the soundtrack of the new US movie "Finding Joy" as well as being featured in the webisode series "Adults Only." Another song already garnering attention is “Rampart Street,” which was co-written by Ben and highly acclaimed singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier.  Glover has shared the road with Gauthier on her past two European tours and are frequent collaborators. "Do We Burn The Boats" will be released on June 4, 2012.




Film & TV Showcase 

Ben heads out this week for several days on the California Coast where he will meet with and perform for the top music supervisors and ad agencies in the US. He is one of only 25 artist attending this event and it promises to be very exciting. "I love going out to California. I spent some time there last year doing a photo shoot, performing and taking meetings and I really enjoyed the whole vibe," Glover says. " I'm looking forward to this showcase and the chance to build new relationships in the TV and film industry."

After the trip to Californa Ben heads back to Nashville to pack his bags and return to N. Ireland for the release of his new record, "Do We Burn The Boats."

Ireland Tour Dates Announced 

Ben's summer tour schedule has just been posted. He hits the road this summer  with Anthony Toner and Bap Kennedy as well as headlining several of his own shows in support of the new release "Do We Burn The Boats?" Before Ben heads back to the Ireland he will perform shows in Los Angeles and Nashville. Along with the scheduled performances, Ben will be doing live radio sessions and station visits throughout the summer in Ireland and the UK. Dates will be posted as they are confirmed. Be sure to catch a show and hear great new material along with older favorites.





"Adults Only" webisode placement 

"Whatever Happens Will" has found another home! The single has been placed  twice in the past few weeks. This time it lands in the background of a  groundbreaking  new concept of internet television programming. The series, called "Adults Only" begins airing next week online and stars Brian Austin Green, Vincent Pastore, Danny Nucci and Sebastian Bach. Check out their facebook page and support this new concept! www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Adults-Only/181456488594874  You can check out the link the show here  www.funnyordie.com/videos/3c37e17b5a/adults-only-trailer






Finding Joy 

Ben's song "Whatever Happens Will" has been placed in the upcoming feature film, "Finding Joy." The movie, which stars Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City), Josh Cooke (Committed, I Love You, Man) and Liane Balban (Definitely Maybe, Last Chance Harvey), will be released in the summer of 2012. Follow the link for more info and catch a glimpse of the movie trailer... www.findingjoythemovie.com/#







BLUEBIRD SHOW - SOLD OUT 


Ben's performance (with Madeline Slate, Stephanie Lambring and Like Strangers) on February 11 has sold out. What a great way to be welcomed back to Music City. Check the website for updates on future Bluebird appearances.

AirPlay Direct Top 5 finalists announced 


AirPlay Direct, a global leader in digital distribution of content to radio programmers and film/TV music supervisors around the globe, announced today the “Top 5″ finalists for their first ever “APD Win An Americana Record Deal” contest. The contest, which was free to enter and open to all AirPlay Direct artist members, awards the top entry with a package of services worth more than $75,000, including a recording contract from IMI Records, sure to make any artists dreams come true.

“The sheer volume of talented entries we received far surpassed our initial expectations,” examines Robert Weingartz, Chairman and CEO of AirPlay Direct. “I am truly excited about the Americana talent that we have discovered.  And, look forward to connecting those artists to our network of experienced music industry contacts globally.”

The “Top 5″ Finalists

Ben Glover
Mati Haskell
The Hello Strangers
Drew Landry
Forest Sun

The winner will be given a once in a lifetime prize package that includes all the tools to successfully create, produce and distribute a record out to the global music community.  The winner will be announced Wednesday, January 18, 2012.