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Ben Bullington

by Ben Bullington

Bullington's latest collection of well crafted poignant, political and emotional songs accompanied by the staggering genius of guitarist Will Kimbrough and bass artist Dave Jacques makes this an integral addition to his catalog.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Appalachian Mtn Delta Blues
4:25 $0.99
2. Maybe There's a Future for a Cowboy
3:00 $0.99
3. Country Music (I'm Talkin' to You)
2:55 $0.99
4. His Chosen Time
4:06 $0.99
5. I've Got to Leave You Now
5:08 $0.99
6. Here's to Hopin'
4:03 $0.99
7. The Wildest Girl I Know
3:48 $0.99
8. Heartbreak in Your Arms
4:25 $0.99
9. The Daily Bleed
3:23 $0.99
10. Wild Oats
3:33 $0.99
11. The Last Adios
5:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Prolific songwriter Ben Bullington has just released his fifth CD of original songs. Titled simply Ben Bullington - the CD features songs performed in a stripped down style with accompaniment by co-producer/ guitarist Will Kimbrough and bass player David Jacques. Kimbrough has performed with Jimmy Buffett, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris and dozens more, including his own bands Daddy and Will & the Bushmen. Jacques is a busy Nashville session bass player and tours with Daddy and John Prine.

Bullington says of the new recording, “ The CD consists of songs about love, life and death in the age of global warming. I asked Will Kimbrough to produce it with me and to play on it, and he said yes. Crazy lucky that was, he has a true imagination that’s done its homework. He and George Bradfute, who I continue to describe as a quiet genius, hadn’t worked a lot together and wanted to. Ninety percent of the record was made in a week with Will and I and upright bass artist Dave Jacques and maintains the easy, contiguous feel I was looking for. Bill Payne swoops in at the end and gives it all a lift on a song we wrote together.”

Kimbrough says of the project,” I had worked with Ben before, on a previous record - Satisfaction Garage. I had a good time, knew the other musicians really well and I love George Bradfute. I really dug the songs on that record. But it was kind of a blur. When Ben called me back to work on this record I thought, ‘Well yeah, I'll do that.’
The work of making a record involves a lot of paying attention to the details. That's where the devil is - in the details. I kept thinking to myself, ‘My God, these songs are magnificent. Listen to those turns of phrase. Listen to this language.’ Ben's focus on the sound of the record was absolute. So while the devil may be in the details, the proof is still in the pudding. This is a magnificent record. The music may evoke Johnny Cash's work, early Hank Williams or even Mississippi John Hurt. Townes Van Zandt is in there, too. Rodney Crowell. Guy Clark. Waylon Jennings. The lyrics and their phrasing are poetry. Truly. Purely. It is an honor to be a part of it. “

Bullington's previous releases have garnered attention from some of music's most prominent voices. Until recently, Ben Bullington was a doctor in a small hospital in Southwest Montana. Legendary songwriter Rodney Crowell has said of Bullington,"Ben Bullington's work draws life-breath from the earth, rivers, sky and people of Montana. In the same way Guy Clark's jeweler's vision captures the eloquent essence of Texas culture without being regional, Ben frames the stillness of Montana winters, the strength of her women and the spiritual bankruptcy of no-account politicians with disarming ease."
“Plus,” Crowell adds, “the guy's a pretty damn good doctor for a songwriter.”

In Bullington's own words, here is a listing of the tracks off the latest release.
"Appalachian Mtn Delta Blues": It's probably my most autobiographical song to date.
Men who can live off the land in a post apocalyptic world are evoked in "Maybe There's A Future For A Cowboy."
"Country Music (I'm Talkin to You)" takes a jab at the glitzy pop-country mainstream.
"His Chosen Time": A song about a coal mine disaster in Utah falsely attributed by its owner to an earthquake. My dear friend Joanne Gardner nails the back up vocal.
"I've Got to Leave You Now" was written to my sons, two or three years ago. Maybe it's a premonition song: I got diagnosed with a bad cancer last fall.
"Here's to Hopin'": Ruminations on the future of mankind and life on earth. Mary Chapin Carpenter lent the gravitational pull of her vocal gift to this one. Wow. Thanks, Chapin.
I nearly came out of my chair when a good friend of mine told me she had once been a Jehovah's Witness. Then I wrote, "The Wildest Girl I Know."
"Heartbreak in Your Arms," "The Daily Bleed" and "Wild Oats" explore the risks and possibilities of love.
Bill Payne brought the hook, "The Last Adios" to me and told me it was about his songwriter friend Stephen Bruton, with Richie Hayward in mind, too. He had some notes and we wrote this song together.

This cd joins four other titles available on CD Baby. Two Lane Highway, White Sulphur Springs, Satisfaction Garage and Lazy Moon.



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