New Live Album "Garrin Benfield" Available Now!

Some creative projects are better left unplanned. Sometimes stepping out of the way and letting the music happen without any particular destination in mind produces the most honest results. It is in this spirit of improvisation that Garrin Benfield announces the release of a self-titled live album recorded at a few solo acoustic gigs in the Summer of 2018. 

 

 “The whole thing feels like kismet to me”, Garrin recalls. “I had been playing a lot of gigs without the addition of the live looping jams, and started to feel like I wanted to document how my unadorned acoustic shows were sounding. I just happened to mention to the engineer at one of the gigs that it would be cool to record the shows, because I loved the way he was mixing them. When he sent me the files, enough time had passed that I had the perspective to hear that these recordings had potential for a release, which we started preparing via email right away.”

 

Though eclectic in its source material, the album manages to be cohesive in Benfield’s nuanced delivery and in the warm production quality that is a document of how the shows actually sounded. 

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Shows

  • Mar 22
    American Folk Art Museum,  New York NY
     
  • Apr 27
    Cyber Cafe West,  Binghamton NY
     
  • May 4
    Rockwood Music Hall,  New York NY
     
  • May 10
    Berryessa Brewing Company,  Winters CA
     
  • May 11
    Terrapin Crossroads,  San Rafael CA
     

The List

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Crepe Place Santa Cruz CA 2/27/10

Wonderful little gig in Santa Cruz last night opening for Mary Gauthier!

Drove steadily through intermittent rain and a Pacific tsunami warning to the Crepe Place, an old, tin-ceilinged, wood-panelled venue run by Adam Bergeron from the now defunct 12 Galaxies. Sweet vibe from everyone involved, from waitress to sound guy. Opening for Mary Gauthier, who I remember speaking with ten years ago at the Gay and Lesbian Music Awards (also now defunct). Her set was gorgeous -- a down tempo song cycle about being an orphan, and about the process of finding her mother years later. I might go see her at the Freight again tonight to soak in the words that much more...I was flashing on all kinds of ideas listening to her sing, about my own current project. Speaking of, "Rock n' Roll", probably my favorite of my new tunes (especially in its' performability), went off good tonight. Adam was also very appreciative of the Big Star cover, "Thirteen"... he says to check out "September Girls"... I did "Will" for the first time in a while, thinking it would work for Mary's audience, and seemed to connect right away with two girls in the third row. Good to see Jocelyn and Sam Flot out there, too. What a difference from the gig I played in SF a few nights ago!

Set: Will, Wichita, Unbound, Hungry Ghost, Thirteen, What You're Hiding, Rock n' Roll, Colors in You.

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