Benyaro @ Deep South w/ Morning Brigade, Stolen Rhodes Band Raleigh, NC
Thursday, November 8, show @ 9pm
$5 ~ 21+
Mohinga Music is excited to announce the release of Benyaro - The Cover EP, a small collection of cover tunes including songs performed by the late Sam Cooke, the late Etta James, Moby, Procol Harum, the late Blaze Foley and The Coasters. Full release info on the EP is below!
Indie acoustic roots and soul power duo BENYARO will release The Cover EP, a small collection of cover songs as their third release.
Recorded in a cabin at the base of The Tetons in Jackson Hole, WY during the spring of 2012, the EP will featurecompletely acoustic arrangements of songs written and/or performed by the late Sam Cooke, the late Etta James,Moby, Procol Harum, the late Blaze Foley and The Coasters. The EP pays tribute to “some of the greatest performers and songs of our time who have deeply influenced who we are as musicians,” according to Benyaro lead singer and guitarist, Ben Musser. “We hope the EP will reinvigorate the lives of some great songs and in some cases, reintroduce songs that slipped through the cracks back when. I think the public will take to the collection because it spans the genres of soul, R&B, classic rock, country and even ambient electronica. We came up with our own arrangements then proceeded to unleash Benyaro’s energy and passion onto the songs, and we’re very proud of what we came up with.”
With 2 original releases under their belt, Benyaro has earned a reputation for taking chances both in the studio; where screaming vocals, falsettos, beatboxing, minimalist drumming, and strictly acoustic arrangements that feature nylon string guitar and upright bass are employed; and on stage; where guitar, upright bass, kick drum, shaker, hi hat, harmonica and harmonizing vocals are performed proficiently and simultaneously by only 2 performers. The Cover EP stays true to Benyaro’s quest to push music, as an art, forward.
The Cover EP is a fully acoustic experience that showcases the strong, rich voice of Ben Musser as well as the up-and-coming voice of upright bassist Bobby McCullough, who steps into supporting roles on such classics as Sam Cooke’s“Bring It On Home To Me” (1962) and The Coasters’ “What About Us” (1959), seamlessly. The album features an unprecedented version of “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967) in ¾, a completely acoustic version of Moby’s electronic masterpiece “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” (1999), a gender-bending version of Etta James’ slow, tantalizingly provocative take on “Don’t Lose Your Good Thing” (1968), as well as a down-but-not-out rendition of Blaze Foley’s nod to new beginnings, “Clay Pigeons” (unknown release).
The album is self produced and there are no guest musicians as Musser and McCullough play all the instruments on the album, from nylon, steel and 12-string acoustic guitars to voice, string bass, piano, toy piano, drums, percussion and harmonica.
Sonny Ratcliff, engineer/producer/instrumentalist of Brooklyn, NY, added his mixing, sound engineering and arranging skills to The Cover EP. The trio of Musser, McCullough and Ratcliff produces a powerful creative team who push the boundaries of acoustic music with this collection of songs.
The album drops July 24 when Benyaro kicks off its Summer EP Release Tour in Boise, ID followed by 5 weeks of tour dates across the Rocky Mountains, Northern California, and Pacific Northwest supporting Langhorne Slim & The Law, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers for 3 nights, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, among others. While on tour, Team Clermont (R.E.M., The Avett Brothers, Wilco) will promote The Cover EP to Americana and AAA Radio.
Head to Benyaro.com to see the tour schedule and find out where you can catch an EP Release show this summer.
Benyaro is the indie-acoustic soul, roots and folk duo out of New York City and Jackson Hole, WY who’ve drawn comparisons to The Band, The Avett Brothers, acoustic David Bowie and Cat Stevens in RELIX magazine and Nashville SCENE. Those pieces of press are below.
In 2012 Benyaro performed 4 showcases at Sundance Film Festival, 5 showcases at SXSW, at Big Sky Big Grass Festival and toured extensively in the west (full schedule below). Their original music will be featured in the independent filmOur Longest Drive (http://ourlongestdrive.com/) which will be released in summer 2012. This summer Benyaro will supportNicki Bluhm & The Gramblers 3xs, Langhorne Slim, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
Thanks for checking us out at these links-
In 2011 Benyaro shared the stage with Anders Osborne twice, The Stone Foxes twice, Dangermuffin 3xs, Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch, Shovels and Rope, Tony Furtado, Sahara Smith, The Farewell Drifters, Reed Foehl,Monophonics and closed for Brett Dennen. In the past 2 years they have shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Jill Andrews, Samantha Crain, Gregory Alan Isakov, Malcolm Holcombe, Michael Daves and many other great acts.