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Feature in Sound of Boston

“I’m a very obsessive listener,” he said. “I’ll get obsessed with a sound, and most of the songs that I write will come from me trying to replicate something. So I guess any technical skill has come from a sort of desperate need to make that happen.”

Read Sound of Boston’s great new profile of Ben here.

Autumn

Happy fall, everybody. This is my favorite season, and I’m thrilled to be able to spend so much of it in northern New England this year. I’ll be headquartered in Vermont for much of the late fall, but there are also several shows around the northeast scheduled between now and December, which I’ll encourage you all to attend:

10/3 CAMBRIDGE, MA: Cambridge Queens Head, 5:30pm
10/10 CAMBRIDGE, MA: Toad, 10pm (with 90-Mile Portage)
10/16 STOCKHOLM, ME: Eureka Hall, 7pm
10/17 BURLINGTON, VT: Radio Bean, 8pm
10/18 MONTPELIER, VT: Montpelier Arts Festival, time TBA
10/20 PORTSMOUTH, NH: The Red Door, 9pm
10/24 MILFORD, NH: Clarks, 7pm
10/25 PLAINFIELD, VT: WGDR Studios, time TBA
10/30 MORRISVILLE, VT: The Bee’s Knees, 7:30pm
11/16 MONTPELIER, VT: The Skinny Pancake, 6pm (with 90-Mile Portage)
11/22 FITZWILLIAM, NH: Fitzwilliam Inn, 7pm
11/23 SOMERVILLE, MA: The Burren, 8pm (with 90-Mile Portage)
12/6 PORTLAND, ME: Blue, 6pm
12/7 CAMBRIDGE, MA: Lilypad, 8pm
12/8 BROOKLYN, NY: Pete’s Candy Store, 10pm
12/10 NEW HAVEN, CT: [house concert]
12/11 SALEM, MA: Gulu Gulu Cafe, 8pm (with 90-Mile Portage)
12/13 MANCHESTER, MA: Manchester by the Book, 7pm
12/19 PORTSMOUTH, NH: The Red Door, 9pm

A few of those will be really fun – I’m especially excited to return to Blue and Lilypad in December. Watch this space for additions to that list, and for announcements concerning a big pile of shows coming this January in the south, the Rockies, the southwest, and the west coast. And in other news, Field Studies is now up on Pandora, for those of you who are into that sort of thing.

Hope you’re all well. Enjoy the weather. Talk soon.
Ben

Ellery now available

The production and instrumentation by Ben Cosgrove is electric, tautly spare, and multilayered, built on top of Conover’s fingerstyle acoustic. It’s hard not to recall the work that Joe Boyd did with Nick Drake, alongside string arranger Richard Kirby… Cosgrove lets Conover pull back the reins and recall the feeling of a wide open dome of sky, of driving in the American West.”
– Sam Pfeifle, The Portland Phoenix

This year I produced and arranged an album for singer-songwriter Max García Conover, and after several months of work we officially released Ellery in Portland last night. It’s now out there for your delectation, on iTunes, Max’s site, and all the other other places where music can be acquired.

We did several performances together around Portland last week in the lead up to last night’s event, and this week I’m playing four more shows with Max and his wife Sophie to promote the release in the northeast before they head out on a big national tour in a hilarious vehicle. Hope to catch you at one of these:

9/15 PORTSMOUTH, NH – The Red Door, 8pm
9/17 CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Signet Society (46 Dunster St), 8pm
9/18 BROOKLYN, NY – Pete’s Candy Store, 9pm
9/19 MANHATTAN, NY – Pianos, 7pm

Hope you enjoy it. This record was a thrill to work on, and Max and I are both very proud of how it turned out.