Nevermind My Blues

Nevermind My Blues

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by Ben Arnold
     
 

Ben Arnold's vocal style lies somewhere between Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, or Kelly Joe Phelps, with a bit of J.J. Cale on the side. Influenced by the blues, he's more a contemporary singer/songwriter with one foot in funk, the other in pop
ock music, playing in his own way bereft…  See more details below

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Ben Arnold's vocal style lies somewhere between Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, or Kelly Joe Phelps, with a bit of J.J. Cale on the side. Influenced by the blues, he's more a contemporary singer/songwriter with one foot in funk, the other in pop
ock music, playing in his own way bereft of fad or fashion. His voice is only slightly gritty, packed with soul and a bit of an attitude that occasionally drifts into foul language. Where Arnold is fond of making up songs based on food or relationships, as intertwined as they are, he's more effective on certain contemporary real-deal themes. The personalized post-Katrina tale "Leaving NOLA" is much more poignant, but in a lighter vein, while "Here on Earth" is a get-down song with an old-school bompity-bomp beat. Even though it's contradictory, "Timeless" recalls hearing various genres of music on the radio, with Arnold concluding that nothing is everlasting. He's most effective on the authentic, slow drag of the title track, and is really reminiscent of mid-period Clapton during "Smile" and "The Last Song." While not a spectacular pianist or guitarist, he gets the job done, especially on the organ, with considerable help from fellow strings and keyboard player David Kalish, and the renowned jazz-fusion drummer Tom Brechtlein. An improvement on his previous release Calico, it seems Ben Arnold is still searching for his personal voice and identity, while exploring the many avenues available to his open mind.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Rope-A-Dope
UPC:
0020286110620
catalogNumber:
607

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Arnold   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Clavinet
Tom Brechtlein   Drums
Scott Bricklin   Bass,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
David Kalish   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Barrie Maguire   Acoustic Guitar,Bell Guitars
Pete Thomas   Drums
Steve Wellner   Percussion
Kevin Hanson   Electric Guitar
Tom Gillam   Electric Guitar
Pete Donnelly   Bass,Electric Guitar
Sheldon Gomberg   Bass
Shane Smith   Track Performer
Lee Schusterman   Piano,Hammond Organ
Todd Barneson   Background Vocals
Jesse Honig   Track Performer
Jason Loughlin   Electric Guitar
Joseph Parsons   Choir, Chorus
Priscilla Ahn   Background Vocals
Jason Karaban   Background Vocals
Zach Djanikian   Horn,Background Vocals
Matt Muir   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
George Stanford   Bass
Adam Flicker   Horn

Technical Credits

Ben Arnold   Composer,Producer
Shane Smith   Producer,Engineer
Jesse Honig   Engineer
Adam Winokur   Engineer
Matt Muir   Engineer

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Nevermind My Blues 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Philadelphia’s own Ben Arnold records some of the most catchy and accessable ‘music that makes you think’ being produced these days. His latest release, Nevermind My Blues, continues Arnold’s winning ways. To appreciate the subtle brilliance of his work, the listener must delve deeper into the lyrics and uncover the writer’s true message. Sure, the singer in “Suckin’ Honey” starts out feeling pretty good about himself and his current situation, but eventually all his happiness dissolves into a ‘reality’ with which he must come to grips. He sings of New Orleans in “Leaving NOLA” – not to mourn the bad hand that the city was dealt – and continues to play, but to convey a sense of hope for that city’s future. The happy groom, so filled with bliss in “When I Marry You,” who can only begin to imagine what fate will await him after he walks down that aisile. "Timeless" convey a philosophy and outlook on life to which we can all relate. And that’s the wonder of the music of Ben Arnold. It’s great fun to listen to and sing along with, but every now and then, when one of his lyrics cuts through the overt simplicity of the moment, the listener realizes the substance – and there are few singer-songwriters working their craft today that deliver more songs of substance than Ben Arnold.