Benyaro (Album Release) & The Naked Sun

Benyaro (Album Release) & The Naked Sun

Dave Bakey, Ross Bellenoit

Sun, November 12, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$7.00

This event is 21 and over

Benyaro
Benyaro
"punk Americana...astutely written"
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NO DEPRESSION

"​Triumphant
...​with a touch of humor
"​ -​
GLIDE MAGAZINE

​"Indie acoustic soul power" -RELIX

Benyaro -- the indie roots project of seclusive Jackson Hole, WY musician who's worked with such artists as Gary Clark Jr., Brett Dennen and Shovels & Rope -- recently announced the release of his third original full-length album, One Step Ahead of Your Past (September 8, Mohinga Music). Produced with Danny Kadar (The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket) and recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Recording and Ben Musser’s home studio in Wyoming, One Step Ahead of Your Past is “a deeply personal collection of tunes from a period in which I became a husband and a father," with songs that explore the profound, vibrant, and mundane with humility and humor.

Multi-instrumentalist Musser composed the thirteen punk-Americana tracks that comprise the record. For the first time, his longtime tour mate, upright bassist Leif Routman, joins on the recording. Additional guest musicians include Jacob Rodriguez (Michael Bublé) on tenor and baritone saxophone, and NYC’s Brian Geltner (Johnny Society) on drums.
The Naked Sun
The Naked Sun
The Naked Sun may or may not have coined the phrase, but “honest rock” has unquestionably been their ethos since their start back in 2011—and few bands embody its spirit like they do. With songs that echo the rawness and sincerity of the cities around which its members grew up—Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia—the band blends the basics of roots rock and folk with layers of bolstering piano and organ, intricate pedal steel leads, and melodic choruses backed by satisfying vocal harmonies. Rooted in the songwriting of frontman Andrew Wesley Harris, The Naked Sun strive equally toward Petty’s pop genius, Springsteen’s storytelling, Dylan’s social consciousness, and the energy of My Morning Jacket.
Dave Bakey
Based out of Philadelphia, David Bakey is a professional touring and studio musician who has extensively toured through the USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Mcpherson Guitars is currently endorsing his debut solo finger style acoustic guitar record which is soon to be released.
Ross Bellenoit
Ross Bellenoit at 29 has already forged quite a career path, racking up impressive credits as a guitarist, composer and producer. After moving to Philadelphia in 2003, Bellenoit quickly became the leading axe-man for a thriving singer-songwriter scene that spawned Amos Lee (Blue Note), Birdie Busch (Bar None), and ASCAP award-winner John Francis. More recently, he's been making his mark as a songwriter himself, and also as a recording producer and arranger.

Raised in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, Bellenoit trained on classical guitar for ten years (and viola for five) before studying jazz guitar at the University of the Arts — but Bellenoit is not the sort of musician who lets his studies do the talking. A spontaneous, in-the-moment improviser and consummate team player, Bellenoit has spent the past six years training himself to stay on his toes, and to anticipate the un-obvious. "If there's one thing that I try to keep aware of," Bellenoit says, "it's the song's temperament. Whether you're playing 'How High The Moon' to a handful of jazz aficionados or singing a folk tune that you wrote yourself, you have to surrender yourself completely to the moment. Serve the song, and the song will serve you."

Bellenoit more often than not can be found in the recording studio. He has contributed to a wide array of albums — rock records, jazz records, gospel records, R&B records, even a song about cheeseburgers written for Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig Laban. He's worked with renowned producers John Carter Cash, Phil Nicolo and Brian McTear — and now, working out of Turtle Studios in Old City, Bellenoit is producing records for singer-songwriters himself. His own group, The Little Rolling Thunder Revue, will release its full-length debut later this year, written and produced by Bellenoit start-to-finish.

Bellenoit has also racked up a considerable amount of touring experience, most notably touring with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee's band in 2007. He's made multiple regional tours with honky-tonk group The Sweetback Sisters (with whom he appeared on NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion") and fellow Philadelphian Birdie Busch, and he joined Joseph Parsons on tour in Europe in 2008.

Though he often collaborates with singer-songwriters, Bellenoit firmly believes it's important to keep mixing things up. He continues to hone his improvisational skills with local jazz combo the Jones Quintet, while keeping country chops sharp with the Sweetback Sisters. He is also likely to pick up any instrument and make music with it — banjo, mandolin, lap steel, bass, drums, piano, you name it.

"Versatility is the key," he says. "I've found myself playing all types of music, with all sorts of people, and there was something to be learned from each experience. I'm still learning today. I pray that I'll never get to the point where I think that I know everything — where's the fun in that?"
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/

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