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T HE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Not every two-year period measures out the same, noted Brendan Benson, the 51-year-old Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and co-founder of The Raconteurs. Benson had just finished his well-received seventh album Dear Life in 2019 when his world came to a stop.

Good to Be Alive’ was written at home when I had to move out of my studio and into my home, where I couldn't really set up drums and I couldn't play guitar very loud. So I did a few songs in the box, so to speak. I used a lot of software instruments and software drums instead of setting up the real drums, because I couldn't really make noise at home. So I think it was an exercise in that, in using software instruments. I had a different arrangement for a song rather than guitars and drums and the same old, the usual lineup. I just went poking around for different sounds, and I was excited about what I came up with.” Ronnie Lane has been my hero for as long as I can remember, and this felt like the perfect way to honor his memory,” says Slate. “Everybody brought their absolute A-Game to the sessions, and that was inspiring and humbling, considering the players involved. We all dug deeper and reached higher on what feels like an exciting new direction.” Low Key concludes with “Something A Little Like Home,” a song that surprised Benson because it turned to the loneliness of being on the road and what people will do – one-night-stands, bad behaviour — simply to stave off the solitude of their environment. By this point, it’s more than clear that Brendan Benson has the chops to stand on his own, that he writes catchy, smart pop songs, and plays all the instruments is an added plus. While this 8-song collection may feel “ Low Key” there’s plenty of good music here, whether you’re trapped alone in the house, and feel like inviting over some party folk to listen to some tunes.She’s always been saying I should do that song. I don’t normally pay attention when people say that stuff. But then I happened to hear it one day and I said, ‘Dang. This is good.’ ” I saw Squeeze the other week, and am now fully converted to the majesty of the band. A few weeks I wouldn’t have heard the power chords and the melody of “Whatever’s On My Mind” and drawn the comparisons, but its hard not to. In 2002, the follow-up to One Mississippi was released, Lapalco. Again, the critical plaudits poured in, but this time the record enjoyed a certain degree of commercial success, selling more than three times as many copies as One Mississippi. [ citation needed]

The fact is, it’s been a long, rough two years for everyone, Benson said. He knows that this wait for normal times, whatever that is, might be a long one. But he’s hardly new at this. Benson has been in the industry for decades and has produced his own eight solo records as well as many others. Dear Life, Benson's seventh album, was released on April 24, 2020. His eighth album, Low Key, was released on December 2, 2022. You Were Right is the sixth studio album released in December 2013 under Benson's own label Readymade Records in the USA, on Lojinx in Europe, [12] and on Dine Alone Records in Canada. [13] The album is the culmination of a monthly singles series recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Readymade Studios.Brendan Benson (born November 14, 1970) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He plays guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums. He has released eight solo albums and is a member of the band The Raconteurs.

Low Key concludes with Something A Little Like Home, a song that surprised Benson because it turned to the loneliness of being on the road and what people will do — one-night-stands, bad behaviour — simply to stave off the solitude of their environment. That said, Benson is excited to tour again, not just in support of Low Key but Dear Life as well. Low Key, he said, works as a coda for Dear Life, almost a sequel. And because Dear Life never had its own tour moment in front of a live audience, he’d like to build some shows around supporting both. a b "Brendan Benson Launches Readymade". Brendanbenson.com. January 5, 2012. Archived from the original on January 28, 2012 . Retrieved November 14, 2012. Instead of being an afterthought, Benson’s solitude evolved into, “Low Key” the eighth album by the idiosyncratic songwriter who has enjoyed both world-wide popularity with the Raconteurs and a devoted cult following for his numerous solo projects. Benson was born in Royal Oak, Michigan. His debut album, One Mississippi, was released in 1996 on Virgin Records. The album, which features several contributions from Jason Falkner, failed to sell in sufficient numbers and Benson was subsequently dropped by Virgin. [2] Lapalco [ edit ] In early February 2009, two songs entitled "The Things I Do" and "Grey" appeared on Monroe's MySpace along with this message:I'm a simple man with simple needs, too. I used to sing all about finding a girl and being happy and having a family. So now I have achieved all that. That's kind of what I'm singing about. Like, 'All right, here I am, I've arrived.'”

Brendan Benson released his seventh solo album, Dear Life, early in 2020, and even though he played all the instruments when recording he’d put a band together and was ready to hit the road and introduce fans to his latest songs, when the pandemic upended touring for everyone. And while isolation can strain relationships and leave one feeling lonely, Benson has a home studio and the skill set to turn hardship, disappointment and a broken heart into a fine pop song when he puts his mind to it.Those years spent honing his craft as a songwriter, producer and touring musician, turned what could have been a liability of isolation into something far deeper, a body of work he described as the best of his career. Benson's fourth album was My Old, Familiar Friend. In March 2007, a handful of demos from Benson's upcoming album were posted on his Myspace. "Feel Like Taking You Home" was the first of these demos to appear. Around the same time the demos of "Forget", "Poised And Ready" and "Go Nowhere" leaked onto the internet. Later he posted more songs on his MySpace including "Lesson Learned", "Eyes on the Horizon", and "Untitled". Dean Fertita, who played keyboards with the Raconteurs on tour and now is with Queens of the Stone Age and The Dead Weather, plays piano on all the Benson demos, with all other instruments played by Benson. [ citation needed] Readymade Records was announced by Benson in early 2012. The label was started with Benson and Young Hines as the first two signed artists. Benson released What Kind of World in the US on April 21, 2012. The album was released in the UK on April 30, 2012. Young Hines released Give Me My Change in the US on April 10, 2012. [9] Dear Life and Low Key [ edit ] In 2005, Benson released his third album, The Alternative to Love, and toured extensively in the US, UK, and Europe with his new touring band, The Stiff Tissues. "Spit It Out" was the first single and reached the UK Top 75 for the first time (peaking at No. 75 in April), and also generated some buzz for Benson. Two further singles were released from the album. "Cold Hands Warm Heart" appeared in many commercials and TV shows and "What I'm Looking For" was used in multiple national advertising campaigns. This album charted at No. 70 in the UK Albums Chart. [6] The Raconteurs [ edit ] This one’s super lighthearted. It’s very loose and it’s got that swagger I like. It was very off the cuff—I didn’t work much on the song. I think there's only three chords in the whole song. But I love the chorus and lyrics. And the chorus lyric about the fire is a reference to Peggy Lee, 'Is that all there is to a fire?' She had a song called 'Is That All There Is?' I love that song, and I like the sentiment too. Just sort of like, huh, really?”

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