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For the Newly Blue

Moderne Shellac, 2013

For the Newly Blue

Like the builders who'd etch a design, a gracing touch on the uppermost ledges of those first early 20th century skyscrapers, Richard puts something into his work that no one else may be able to extract or identify or even know exists. But something about its being there makes the end product complete, better, best. Yes, Richard Bennett is one lucky son of a gun but a spin of For The Newly Blue is all you'll need to know he's giving as good as he gets.

-- Rick Allen, Writer for Vintage Guitar Magazine

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Leaning Into Spring

Hi All,


Man, what’s with this winter. Everyone can’t wait for it to be gone and none more than me. While Nashville can’t boast the misery of the north east of the States, we’ve had a good dose of ice, frozen rain, sleet and snow just this past month. Temps down in the single digits and grey skies and plenty of both. Although we’re in the middle of a week of rain the mercury has risen to the mid-50s, so at least it is mild again. I hope this is a coming attraction of spring even though we’re not there yet on the calendar.


Beside complaining about the weather I’ve been doing some session work here and there but mainly busy finishing an album I’ve produced for Iris DeMent that we began last June. Iris got busy with touring and we’ve only worked on it occasionally since then. Anyway, it’s heading to completion now and I’m very proud of it.


The other project that’s kept me busy is completing my own new record and I can now say it is finished, mixed, mastered and will be available middle to late April. It’s called Contrary Cocktail and was recorded at a studio called Alex The Great with Brad Jones engineering and co-producing.  As soon as it is available to purchase I’ll let you know here on this page. In the meantime I’ve done an interview regarding the making of the record that you can find here: Henk Quintelier who runs this site came up with a bunch of good questions and I tried to answer them without resorting to lies, hyperbole or self- aggrandisement. Scattered throughout the interview are some swell pictures of the studio taken by the swell Pieta Brown.


I’ve had a guitar in hand and my George Van Eps Guitar Method book in front of me lately.  Getting my chops in shape for the Mark Knopfler rehearsals that will commence the end of April leading up to the tour that will go through October 2015.  Running these Van Eps chord sequences is like going to the gym for you hands and mind.


You’ll be hearing from me sooner than later as soon as Contrary Cocktail is out.