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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.

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

Winter Tour 2015, Midwinter 3, and more

Starting on January 3rd, I’ll be driving an outrageously indirect path from Vermont to Oregon, where I’ll be based all spring. Here’s where you can catch me along that route:

1/3 BURLINGTON, VERMONT: Radio Bean, 8pm
1/4 PORTLAND, MAINE: One Longfellow Square (co-bill with Max Garcia Conover, 7pm)
1/7 HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA: House Concert
1/8 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Little Lights, 8pm
1/9 CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE: [private event]
1/10 CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE: House Concert
1/11 ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Poem88, 8pm
1/12 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS: TBA (with Dane Aaron)
1/13 DALLAS, TEXAS: Opening Bell, 8pm
1/15 TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA: The Branch, 8pm
1/16 BOULDER, COLORADO: House Concert
1/17 BOULDER, COLORADO: The Laughing Goat, 8pm
1/19 FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA: Firecreek Coffee, 7pm
1/21 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Hotel Utah, 8pm
1/23 EUGENE, OREGON: The Foundry (Sam Bond’s), 6pm
1/24 PORTLAND, OREGON: House Concert

Finally, here’s some new music. Every winter, I record a small handful of seasonally-themed songs and add them to a growing collection called Midwinter. I just released the 3rd volume, and you can hear some selections and download all eighteen songs here. There are five new songs this year, and they’re recorded entirely on piano and keyboard for a change, instead of being full of banjos and trombones like in the past. I’m very happy with how the whole collection is sounding, and I hope you’ll like it too:

Happy end-of-year, everybody. See you in 2015.
B