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Ben Reel

25
Jan
2020
Ben Reel

25 January 2020 8:00 pm



Ben Reel

'The Nashville Calling` is the title of upcoming 9th studio album by Irish artist Ben Reel due to be released early 2020. Produced by Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack and featuring Garry W Tallent on bass from the legendary E Street Band. The album contains 11 new tracks all written by Ben Reel which was recorded at Skinny Elephant studio in Nashville. It was all done and dusted in just 3 days with all live takes. Following the critically acclaimed experimental slow burner `Land of Escape' from 2018, this new record has a more Americana, Rock, live band feel.

 

Since his debut album `This Is The Movie' back in 1999, Ben has reinvented himself from album to album, influenced by different styles of music over the years. As one critic saying,  " He's not afraid to throw in some in folk, soul, reggae vibes, which in turn call to mind John Hiatt at his best". Another describing it as somewhere in the middle ground between rock and jazz or a sound that is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and the Band.

In a solo career which now spans over 20 years Ben has received  worldwide critical acclaim with numerous high profile TV/Radio appearances like BBC, RTE and Dutch NPO radio. Supporting names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3 & The Cranberries and has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum & The Blockheads. He has co written and performed live with his fellow countryman Tony McLoughlin and some of Nashville's finest like David Olney & Irene Kelley.

In the past Ben was selected to play an official showcase at Folk alliance in Memphis TN and has toured as double bill with Tommy Womack (Nashville) in the U.S & UK and also with legendary American folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK & NL. While in Nashville he has been invited to play the famous Bluebird cafe on a number of occasions, most recently Sept 2018.

Over the last 10 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe & U.S.A, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing loyal fan base. He has graced big festivals such as Jamming@Hippie Jacks (USA), Musiktan festival in Bilbao, (ESP). Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop (NL), Robin Hood folk festival (UK), Kilkenny rhythm & roots, Cork jazz & Electric Picnic (EIRE). 

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