Benmont's Debut Solo Album Coming February 18 - Los Angeles Album Release Shows on February 20 and 21
Blue Note Records will release the debut solo album from Benmont Tench, You Should Be So Lucky, on February 18, 2014. Produced by legendary producer Glyn Johns, the album was recorded to tape at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and features Benmont handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey and contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings,Joel Jerome, Tom Petty and Ringo Starr.
RollingStone.com has premiered the lead track “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” today, click here to listen. You Should Be So Lucky is available for pre-order at Amazon.com in both CD and 2-LP 180-gram vinyl formats.
The vinyl edition was mastered from the original analog tapes and includes two extra tracks not available on the CD and digital versions of the album.
You Should Be So Lucky is a dynamic and distinguished album of songs written almost entirely by Benmont over the course of his thirty-seven year career not only as keyboardist and founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, but as a first call musician for artists from Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan to The Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello; from the Jayhawks and Ryan Adams to Fiona Apple and John Prine. The only non-originals are covers of the traditional “Corrina, Corrina” and the Bob Dylan track “Duquesne Whistle” from 2012’s Tempest.
Benmont had always intended on making his own album, but the project gained momentum when Glyn Johns encouraged him to begin recording. Says Benmont about Johns: "Glyn is one of the greatest producers & engineers in the story of rock & roll. Hell, he was present at the creation. He has excellent taste, and he brooks no nonsense. He tells you exactly what he thinks, and he backs it up. I love him to death."
With Johns on board to produce, Benmont was thrilled when many of the musicians he most admires, many of which also happen to be friends, jumped at the chance to participate in the sessions. Don Was, who besides playing on the album, signed the artist as the President of Blue Note Records, describes the artist thusly: “Benmont is the most enigmatic, mystical and delightful musician I know. He never plays the same notes twice yet the notes he plays are always perfect and loaded with soul. His artistry is utterly uncategorizable....musicians from all walks of life hold him in the highest esteem and love to play with him. His presence on a session or stage elevates everyone's performance to new heights.”
Benmont will celebrate the release of the album with two intimate shows at Largo in Los Angeles on February 20 and 21. Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 20 at 11am PT.
February 20 Show Tickets will be available here.
February 21 Show Tickets will be available here.
A limited number of tickets for these shows will be made available to members of the Highway Companions Club via a special presale at 10am PT on Friday, December 20. Members will receive instructions via email next week on how to participate in the presale. Presale tickets will be limited to two tickets per member and will be available on a first come first serve basis once the presale begins. Presale ticket supplies are very limited. The presale will end at 10pm on Saturday December 21, although it is expected that the HCC Allotment will sell out quickly.