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“88 Notes”

Chris Spencer, a talented photographer and videographer over at Middlebury College, recently invited me over to the campus to make this short film in which I play a few songs on a really nice piano and stammer some rambling responses to basic questions in between. We hope you like it:

Speaking of Vermont, here’s a nice new write-up about Salt in County Tracks, a local music blog up there. You can stream that album here and order it here. And there’s a small handful of performances in northern New England coming up to round out the year; details for all of those are here.

I just got back from a quick swing down south, which looked variously like this, this, and this. I’m immensely pleased to report that while I was down there I finally played a gig in South Carolina, meaning that Delaware and Hawaii are now the only states that I still haven’t performed in. So if you live in Honolulu or Dover and want me to play in your backyard, please let me know — I’ll cancel all my plans and get there right away.

Oh, and finally, I’m very flattered to have been nominated for an award over at Red Line Roots this month, and would appreciate your vote if you’ve got a second! The other nominees in my category include a few of the most frighteningly talented musicians I know, but please don’t let that affect your position.

Thanks, everyone; I hope you’re all well.
Ben

Early Autumn and the New England Trail


Hi everyone — I’m happy to announce that throughout the next several months, I’ll be working in part as an artist-in-residence in collaboration with the New England Trail (NET), a 215-mile footpath linking New Hampshire to Long Island Sound that in 2009 became the newest addition to the National Park Service’s system of National Scenic Trails. The trail is managed by NPS in partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association — I’ll be working with those groups in and out throughout the year to write and present new music about the landscape of southern New England and about this singular way of moving through it, and I’m excited to get started. On September 27th, I’ll be giving a performance at Wesleyan University where I’ll talk more about this whole project, and I hope you can make it to that.

I’ve got some other shows coming up around New England, too — see if you can get to one of these:

9/24 COLEBROOK, NH – Tillotson Center, 2pm
9/27 MIDDLETOWN, CT – Wesleyan University, 7pm
9/29 CUTTYHUNK, MA – Cuttyhunk Writers Residency (with Stephanie Jenkins), 6pm
10/5 CAMBRIDGE, MA – Lilypad, 7:30pm
10/12 & 10/13 BOSTON, MA – HUBWeek Festival
10/19 TAMWORTH, NH – Tamworth Lyceum (with Honeysuckle & the Western Den), 6pm
10/21 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT – Open Door, 7pm
10/22 PETERBOROUGH, NH – Bass Hall, 3pm
11/17 BURLINGTON, VT – Light Club Lamp Shop, 7:30pm

More shows and all details are listed here. You might also like to check out a couple of essays I’ve recently published in the magazines Orion and Taproot.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a recent review of Salt that I was thrilled to see in one of my favorite publications, and with this highly enjoyable interview I did with Brian Farrell at WCLZ in Maine last month.

Thanks very much, everybody. I hope to see you soon.

“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.