Ben Glover’s new album Shorebound marks 10 years since he released his first album, acting as an acknowledgement of where he is and a celebration of the people who have gotten there with. We found out more.
2018 marks the tenth year since my first album The Week The Clocks Changed was released, so I feel it’s an important moment in a personal cycle.
2017 - what will you look back on most fondly from the year?
Making the new record. I love the creative process and I wrote and recorded Shorebound in 2017.
Did you make any new year’s resolutions at the outset of 2018?
Not any different than the ones I make every week. You know the “Tomorrow I’m going to…” I think we are all constantly trying to better ourselves. I make and break the same resolutions on a weekly basis.
What was the biggest lesson you learnt in 2018 so far?
Not to get my hair cut in a strip mall.
What was the musical highlight of 2017?
Performing with The Orphan Brigade (my side project) in Osimo, Italy. We wrote an album there the year before and it was incredible to bring the album to the people of the town. They made us all honorary citizens that night.
Who are you excited to hear from in 2018?
My friend and collaborator Gretchen Peters has a new record coming out - actually it’s released two weeks after mine. I’m excited about that. I’ve got several songs including the title track on the project. I’m also excited about new music from Kim Richey and Neilson Hubbard.
If you had to pick three artists to be filed next to, who would they
be and why?
Bob Dylan - he’s the greatest songwriter/artist of all time in my opinion. Tom Petty - he has written some of my favorite songs of all time and was the definition of cool. Willie Nelson - he’s one of the best writers and one of the most intriguing spirits of all time.
Define your sound in five words.
Raw, honest, reflective… I’m still searching for the other two…
Tell us about Shorebound
It’s my sixth solo album and is released on Friday, May 4th. 2018 marks the tenth year since my first album The Week The Clocks Changed was released, so I feel it’s an important moment in a personal cycle.
Shorebound is an acknowledgement of where I am now and who I’ve gotten here with since that first record came out. It features co-writes and performances from ten of my closest collaborators and I co-produced it along with Neilson Hubbard.
How did you select ‘Ride The River’ as a single?
My record label and I thought that the first single should be somewhat accessible and ‘Ride The River’ has lots of harmonies and hooky guitars. We felt it was the right track to introduce the sound of the album too.
Which collaboration was your favourite?
It’s hard to pick a favorite. I love them all for different reasons. You know I have to say that right? I can’t piss off my friends/co-writers :) They are all special songs to me but I would have to say that “Kindness” is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written (I actually collaborated with myself on that one!) I was able to say something in that song that I’ve been trying to voice for a while.
What inspired the record?
My past couple of records have centered on the search for my place in the world, geographically and otherwise but Shorebound is inspired by current personal sense of direction. Also the characters of these songs might be facing challenges but they are still self-aware enough to keep their eyes on the prize. And of course collaboration inspired the album too.
If the record were an animal, what animal would it be?
A baby goat. Everyone loves a baby goat.
If you could jam with one artist alive or dead, who would it be?
Dylan. Because he’s Dylan.
If you could have written one song by another artist, what would it be?
‘The Band Played Waltzing Matlitda’ by Eric Bogle.
Someone is making a film of your life, who will play you?
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, Bloodline) because my wife has a huge crush on him and she would insist on that. What’s the old saying, “Happy wife, happy life”?
Lastly, tell us one thing you have never revealed in an interview.
I get a great sense of fulfillment in vacuuming. I find peace in a hoover.
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