Ben Ottewell Playing Cleveland at Beachland Ballroom 9/29

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Ben Ottewell shares the new track “A Man Apart” via Relix. The song is the title track from his new album, which is out today on Sunday Best and is available to order here. Ben Ottewell also announces a US tour kicking off this fall, you can find a full list of dates below:
09.13 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
09.15 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder Indoor
09.16 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
09.18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
09.20 – Boston, MA – City Winery
09.21 – New York, NY – City Winery
09.22 – Washington DC – DC9
09.24 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground
09.25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
09.27 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
09.28 – Detroit, MI – Underground @ Dime
09.29 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
09.30 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10.03 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove
10.04 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
10.07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Cafe
10.08 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10.10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10.11 – Seatlle, WA – Tractor Tavern

 

“It was going to be called Bones That Catch The Light”, says Ben Ottewell of his third solo album, “but when I mentioned that to friends they either sniggered like Beavis and Butthead or thought it was too wordy.”

In the end this Chesterfield-born, Derbyshire-raised singer-songriter opted for A Man Apart, a title with a pleasing ambiguity. “It could refer to my solo career away from Gomez, or to the crazy populist politics demagogues and thugs that seem to rule our world right now”, he explains. “Or it could simply refer to a broken man; someone who has fallen apart.”

Given that Ben turned 40 last summer, and given that next year marks the 20th Anniversary of his former band Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize-winning debut Bring It On, it was perhaps inevitable that his latest record was proceeded by a fair amount of stock-taking and personal reflection.

Demonstrating Ben’s potent and ongoing love-affair with Americana – and flecked with trace elements of what you might loosely call Derbyshire folk – A Man Apart is the first solo album he has made without some kind of Gomez project lurking in the background. As such, he found the process both liberating and ever-so-slightly daunting.

Throwing off the “security blanket” that is/was Gomez – and untroubled by the question of whether the songs he was writing should be earmarked for himself or his former band – Ben knuckled down. The two guitarleles (think ukulele with six strings) he bought for his nine-year-old twin boys proved a good investment – though not for Joe and Ry. “They just hung them on the wall,”, laughs the singer, “but I picked one up and wrote [title song] A Man Apart on it.”

We here at NEO Examiner look forward to checking out a live performance

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