BBC Radio Scotland teams up cowriting and touring friends Ben Glover and Mary Gauthier for a live taping of "Another Country" on February 3. CW Stoneking will also be joining Glover and Gauthier on the bill.
Ben just confirmed two new Nashville dates for the month of February. February 11th he will be performing in the round at the legendary Bluebird Cafed. He has also confirmed a spot on the coveted ASCAP AMPED show which will be a full band performance held February 28th at Margaritaville in downtown Nashville. If you are in the area, stop in and check out the show!
Thanks to "The Miller Tell Her Tale" show for selecting 'Before The Birds" to be one of their top albums of 2011...
"I've debated long and hard on my top 10 of 2011. I think it's been a good year for new music, and I have lots of fabulous albums to show for it. That said, I can't pick a favourite, so here are my top 10 in alphabetical order...
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
Ben Glover - Before The Birds
Eilen Jewell - Queen of the Minor Key
Eliza Gilkyson - Roses at the End of Time
Gillian Welch - Harrow and the Harvest
Oh Susanna - Soon the Birds
Robby Hecht - Last of the Long Days
Rod Picott - Welding Burns
Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire
And a big thanks to Edwin McFee for including the album on his "Best of List" as well!
Sooo, it’s New Year’s Eve Eve here at Blogging A Dead Horse Central, so as ever it’s time to reprint my ‘Albums of the Year’ that I send out to the magazines I write for.
Anyway, enough slabbering from me.I’d like to thank all the editors,writers,PRs,subs,bands etc that I’ve worked with this year and here’s hoping that 2012 is half as fun as 2011 was.Up the Irons.
Albums Of 2011
1) The Horrible Crowes ‘Elsie 2) Dum Dum Girls ‘Only In Dreams 3) Cerebral Ballzy-Cerebral Ballzy 4) Warpaint ‘The Fool Deluxe Edition’ 5) Dropkick Murphys ‘Going Out In Style’ 6) Saviours ‘Death’s Procession’ 7) LaFaro ‘Easy Meat’ 8) The Dwarves ‘The Dwarves Are Born Again 9) Kitty, Daisy & Lewis ‘Smoking In Heaven 10) Anna Calvi ‘Anna Calvi 11) The Misfits ‘The Devil’s Rain
12) Tom Waits ‘Bad As Me 13) Handsome Furs ‘Sound Kapital 14) Drugstore ‘Anatomy 15) Ben Glover ‘Before The Birds
16) Mariachi El Bronx ‘II 17) Cashier No. 9 ‘To The Death Of Fun 18) Los Campesinos! ‘Hello Sadness 19) Css ‘La Liberacion
20) Beady Eye ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’
Ben is excited to be a part of this year's Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Ben's performance is January 22nd at 8 pm. Advanced tickets can be purchased here (http://www.celticconnections.com/whatson/event/118609-Ben-Glover) Other artists on the bill include The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Janis Ian, Mary Gauthier and Bruce Hornsby.
It’s actually been a couple of years since Ben Glover dropped this beautiful album, Through The Noise, Through The Night, an album that any fan of besieged and nicely wrapped singer/songwriter treatments should not forget when they begin to name their favorites. Hanging just around the edge of a new aged classic rock sound, Glover shows us that the power of a pretty little song about something pretty and little is something we will never grow tired of.
With a voice like Petty, Glover sings of love and loss as expected. But, he also spins a bit of sappy storytelling into a modern display of artistic ingenuity. Just check out tracks like “Full Moon Child” and “First Chance For A Second Try” and see for yourself if Ben isn’t everything you are looking for in the new age version of singer/songwriter holding a guitar and pouring is soul into a cup half filled with Jameson, and the other half with institutive hope. And the borderline country/folk opus “Too Late To Leave Her Alone” is one of the most genuinely intimate songs you may ever hear, so much so that you might feel as though you are actually intruding, hearing something that was only meant for two.Ben Glover is just plain great. No, he’s not spewing out obscurities and obscenities to demand attention, and he’s not quoting little known Peruvian philosophers or turning the latest Mac Book applications into some sort of art form. He’s simply showing us how wonderful a pretty little song, laced with violins and fluttering magic, can make us feel something we should be feeling all the time. And if Ben Glover can’t make you feel like you are floating on a cloud of overtly explosive love, then the sorrow is all yours. - Trainwrecked Society
Check out the video clip of Ben and Anthony Toner performing "I Am, You Are" and "Into The Mystic" at the recent "Hoedown" (Foy Vance and Friends) gig from the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Thanks to Bandwidth Films for sharing.
Be sure to check out the photo section on the site for updated photos. These include new publicity shots (Erica Lowe Photography) done on location in Los Angeles, CA, as well as live shots and stills from Ben's recent video shoot for the single "Whatever Happens Will" (Thinking Bee Productions)
Ben has just wrapped up a busy and successful Belfast Music Week. He performed for over 1,200 people as part of the Hoedown show at the legendary Ulster Hall as well as performed for the delgation from Irish Technology Leadership Group and Senior Executives from the Entertainment and Technology industries spanning Hollywood to Silicon Valley. Aside from performing, Ben also enjoyed meeting with supervisors from the film and television world and showing some of L.A.'s finest, his part of the country, including a tour of the Antrim Coast complete with the homeland's finest Irish whiskey. He wrapped up the week with a Snow Patrol show and MTV after party. Special thanks to Brendan, Carolyn and everyone at the Belfast council for all of their hard work in bringing such a great event to Belfast.
Ben just returned from Florida where he had a great time with the crowds and the staff of First Note Music Hall. Check out the performance footage here youtu.be/kxmrwdNUi1s
Ben's bags are packed and he is gearing up for three nights at the fabulous First Note Music Hall in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Ben will be the featured artist for the weekend. Other acts include good friend and co-writer Kaci Bolls, Sharif Iman, Alissa Moreno, Jessica Rae and the Myers Brothers. Ticket prices are $15 and shows are Oct. 21, 22, and 23. For reservations call (850) 622-0221.
Ben h as teamed up with director Bill Filipiak and Thinking Bee Productions to create a video for the single "Whatever Happens Will." Locations included a horse farm in Thompson Station, TN and in downtown Nashville. "Working with Bill and all of the great people at Thinking Bee was such a coo l experience," says Ben. "The day just flew by and it was such a relaxing shoot. A lot of fun was had and I can't wait to see the final edits."
A big thanks goes out to everyone at CityBeat Radio. Ben's current single "Whatever Happens Will" has recently been upped to the stations "A" playlist and put into heavy rotation. Thanks for the support!
Ben will be returning to Belfast for a very special show during Belfast Music Week. Ulster Hall will be the scene for the most anticipated performances of the week. Ben joins Foy Vance, Anthony Toner, Katie and the Carnival, Southern, Captain Cameron and other special guests for "Foy Vance and Friends" taking place on November 1st. Tickets are available from Ulster Hall Box Office. Don't delay. This show will sell out quickly!
Ben stopped in this morning for a visit with larger than life BBC personality Gerry Anderson. He played his new single live, discussed his upcoming return to Nashville and even shared a new song titled "No Means Yes." A big thanks to Gerry and everyone at the BBC who have been spinning the new single "Whatever Happens Will" and for their constant support of Ben's music.
Special thanks to Edwin McFee for nice write up in the Sunday Life.
"This week it gives me great pleasure to tell you all about a new release from one of NI's best singer/songwriters treading the boards. His name is Ben Glover and his latest single 'Whatever Happens Will' has just been unleashed and after getting a few sneaky listens around a month or so ago I can tell you that the track showcases the musician at the peak of his powers.
The tunesmith said he wrote the song just a coupld of days after he finished the recording sessions for the album 'Before the Birds." He added: 'The central theme of the song is the realisation that our efforts are often of little consequence, things happen at their own pace. Essentially, we are not in control no matter how much we like to fool ourselves into thinking that we are.'
Having already wowed the critics for the likes of Hot Press and US mag 'I AM Entertainment' with his third record 'Before the Birds.' and had his music playlisted on radio stations around the world, the constantly touring tunesmith is arguably one of NI's greatest exports right now and it looks like he's only just getting started.
Check out US magazine "I Am Entertainment" where Ben is one of the featured artists this month...http://www.iaemagazine.com/feed/Vol2iss12/ben-glover-alternative-rock-artist.html
Ben's single "Whatever Happens Will" is being released digitally on Sept. 12. The song is already enjoying early spins at radio. "I wrote this song just a couple of days after I finished the recording sessions for the album "Before The Birds." The central theme of the song is the realisation that our efforts are often of little consequence, things happen at their own pace, essentially we are not in control no matter how much we like to fool ourselves into thinking that we are. It was written very quickly and the song arrived close to be being in it's whole state and didn't need much tweaking. We recorded it in the same spirit as it was composed - pretty quickly, in one session. Once again the producer Neilson Hubbard was at the helm in Mr Lemons studio in Nashville. "
The song will be available for download at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and all digital outlets.
The song will be available for download at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and all digital outlets.
THIRD ALBUM FROM NI TUNESMITH IS A TRIUMPH
"Over the past few years Antrim's Ben Glover has been steadily refining his craft as a world class singer-songwriter. It seems all that hard work has paid off, as his latest offering "Before The Birds' sees the troubadour at his career best. Recorded in Nashville, the ten track opus is an alt.county tour de force that effortlessly veers from bourbon-soaked ballads ('Almost Home') to Heartbreakers-esque pop-rock ('You Are The Same As The Tide') all of which marks Glover as one of Ireland's finest tunesmiths. The addition of backing vocalist Kaci Bolls makes much of the material on "Before The Birds" soar to the stars and there's rarely a wasted note on this remarkable release."
One of the occupational hazards of playing your music at civic functions is that people in suits will often get your name wrong. During one such speech, Anthony Toner had his surname amended to "Topper". Around the same time, Ben Glover had the "r" shaved off the end of his own title. Therefore Topper and Glove became a personal injoke - two musician pals, a comedic double act for their later years, fit for cruise ships and end of the pier revues. They even started to sketch out a logo, the white evening gloves perched on a gleaming top hat. Classy.
Anthony and Ben are adjacent on However, near the end of Ben's set, the Topper and Glove hostilities are put on hold. Anthony steps up beside him and they play a ripper version of 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright'. Then to compound the joy, they finish with 'The Weight'. It's a test for any player and singer, but these two guys deliver with the musical sass, the big voices and a tremendous empathy that fits with The Band and their comradely best. Mighty!
Hailing from Antrim, Northern Ireland, Ben Glover moved to the home of some of his country singing predecessors in Nashville, Tennessee two years ago and it’s clearly had quite an effect on him. This is his third album and may be the one that really lights up his career, as listening through, it struck me as a work carefully honed over a lengthy period of time, in a way only someone with a very promising future could do.
‘Before the Birds’ opens with his newest single; ‘Trick of the light’, instantly showing off his voice, which has a smoothness that would probably leave all of Danny Dyers deadliest men crumbling wrecks. The guitar remains subtle throughout the album, meandering around his dulcit tones, and it quickly becomes clear that few aspiring artists could carry this off as well as he has.
On other songs such as Almost Home he incorporates some piano, but this still remains secondary to the vocals and actually gives them quite a powerful backing, despite his easy-going style. This is a more modern approach to country music, still sounding so familiar and homely, but with a voice unique enough to allow him to stand out from his counterparts.
The effortless flow of the album makes it difficult to pick out the strongest tracks. ‘You are the same as the tide’ is probably most suited to mainstream radio and if I was forced to choose I’d have to say ‘Lockdown’ is my favourite.
I have to admit, I was absolutely ignorant of any mention of Ben Glover prior to last week, and for this reason I was preparing myself for yet another run of the mill singer-songwriter album in an already over saturated market. However, Before the birds turned that perception on its head. The albums mellow, soulful feel and brilliantly delivered vocals will appeal to just about anyone.
With songwriters such as Ryan Sheridan making their mark on the Irish music scene, it’s only a matter of time before Ben Glover builds up a similar, if not bigger following here, considering the popularity of Ryan Adams.
So on that note, I’m off to track down and listen to some of his older material, but in the meantime, I’d advise everyone to get their hands on this.