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Benmont Tench: A Go-To Sideman Steps Into The Spotlight

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Benmont Tench performs in the Soundcheck studio. Benmont Tench performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

Benmont Tench has spent a majority of his 37-year musical career out of the spotlight. Best known as an original member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the veteran keyboardist has backed the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Fiona Apple, Elvis Costello, and Bob Dylan. But now the go-to sideman is stepping out with his debut solo album, You Should Be So Lucky.

Produced by the legendary Glyn Johns, the record (out Feb. 18) was recorded old school -- on analog tape -- a core band that features names like Don Was and Blake Mills, and a whole cast of friends and collaborators: Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Ringo Starr, and many more. The result is a collection of original songs (except "Corrina Corrina" and a cover of Dylan's "Duquesne Whistle") that highlight Tench's tasteful skillful piano and organ playing and enigmatic singing voice.

Hear Tench perform solo piano and guitar renditions of songs from his new album live in the Soundcheck studio.


Set List:

  • "Veronica Said"
  • "You Should Be So Lucky"
  • "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress"

Comments [6]

Producer Joel from WNYC

The audio has been posted! Enjoy Benmont's great session!

Feb. 07 2014 12:31 PM
Susan Molls from Cedarburg, Wisconsin

When will you put up the recording of this radio show? Please do, I know many people who couldn't listen live, but want to hear Benmont. Thanks!

Feb. 07 2014 07:16 AM
Thorn from Fairhope, al

Belmont great to see you stepping out. Look forward to hearing the collection of songs.


Feb. 06 2014 06:58 PM

Benmont, I hope I get to meet you at your CD Release Celebration on the 22nd. I love the tidbits I've heard so far. Can't wait to get my hands on the entire album! Thank you for the music!

Feb. 06 2014 02:37 PM
Kevin lackey from North Carolina

Can,t get to play......

Feb. 06 2014 02:27 PM
Maggi Michel from Venice, CA

Looking forward to hearing this. Will be tuning in at 11 am Pacific Time.

Feb. 06 2014 12:29 PM

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