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“Salt” — Now Available

I’m happy to announce that as of today, Salt is finally available for purchase as a physical CD, as a digital download, and as streaming audio; you can order CDs right here, and if you head on over to my Bandcamp page, you can stream half of it for free and purchase a digital copy to hear the rest. Check out this thoughtful and big-hearted new review of the record by Sound of Boston, this interview with Red Line Roots, or this conversation I recently had at WGDR studios in Vermont if you’re still on the fence and want to know more.

Many thanks to all the people who helped me out while I was in the process of making this thing. I’m deeply grateful for all the support, and I can’t wait to hear what you think.

New Video / Preordering “Salt” / Interview at Red Line Roots

Hey everyone, four things!

1. The title track for Salt now has a video, which you can check out above. Like my last video, it was filmed and directed by my friend Max García Conover, who really is great at this kind of thing.

2. The full record’s release is just around the corner. If you haven’t yet, please know that you can preorder a digital version of the record here and/or preorder a physical copy here. When you order the digital album on Bandcamp, you’ll even get a download of the first song, “Champlain,” right away, and then the whole album on May 16th when it releases. Physical copies will be released on June 5th.

UPDATE (5/16): The album is now available to stream/download here.

3. The track list is here.

4. Finally, last week I had a great conversation with Ken Templeton at Red Line Roots about some of my thinking behind the album; you can read that here if you want to know a bit more about why and how I put this thing together the way I did. Another really nice and thoughtful review was just published by Sound of Boston as well, and that one goes into a lot of detail about the different sounds on the record.

More soon. Thanks for your support, everybody. Working on this record has meant a lot to me, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

There’s a New Album Coming

I’m happy to announce Solo Piano, my first live album. While the music I write is generally pretty lush, I’ve always performed it live on just one instrument. That decision ultimately resulted in these distinct piano versions of my songs, which have never been available on record in this form before. I knew that if I released them I wanted the recordings to be live, I liked the idea of combining geographically disparate performances, given the themes of the music. So to make this record, I recorded basically all my shows from the last year and have hand-picked my favorite performances. Here are thirteen songs, each recorded in a different place and time. One was recorded at a cafe in Arizona, another in a living room in Tennessee, another on a boat(!) in Michigan, and others from Vermont, Maine, Oregon, Nebraska, and more. Four of the songs have never been released before at all.

Preorder Solo Piano and view more details here.

I’m also heading out on tour! If you live near one of the places listed below, check out details here. More dates will likely be added in the next few days. I hope to see you somewhere out there.

9/30 Yarmouth, ME
10/1 Salem, MA
10/2 Burlington, VT
10/3 Brandon, VT
10/4 Plainfield, VT
10/10 Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH
10/10 Plymouth, NH
10/17 Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
10/21 Zanesville, OH
10/22 Iowa City, IA
10/23 Boulder, CO
10/25 Flagstaff, AZ
10/26 Aurora, UT
10/27 Grand Teton National Park, WY
10/29 Helena, MT
10/30 Great Falls, MT
10/31 Helena, MT
11/4 Portland, OR
11/5 Lincoln City, OR
11/7 Portland, OR
11/11 Dallas, TX
11/14 Fort Worth, TX
11/16 Austin, TX
11/17 Indianola, MS
11/19 Knoxville, TN
11/21 Knoxville, TN
11/24 Portland, ME

Thanks, everybody. Stay tuned for more information about the live album, which will be out in just a few weeks.

Ben