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Ben Rice | Wish the World Away

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Wish the World Away

by Ben Rice

A collection of mostly original songs. This album is a modern portrait of the blues with influence from Rev. Gary Davis, Keb' Mo', O.V. Wright, Otis Redding, Jon Cleary, and more. The songs feature a lot of slide guitar and soulful vocals.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dirt Road Home
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2. Peace Will Overcome
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3. Retreat
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4. Mojo Hand
4:29 $0.99
5. Wish the World Away
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6. The One That Got Away
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7. Hard Times
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8. If You Ever Change Your Mind
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9. Higherground
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10. Run Around
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11. Oh Lord
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12. Get There
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13. Don't Worry Mama
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Album Notes
Ben Rice emerges from Jimi Bott's Roseleaf Studios with an enchanting portrait of the blues,
Wish The World Away.

PORTLAND, OR: Ben Rice’s seventh album, Wish The World Away paints an imaginative
portrait of the blues. Recorded and mixed at Jimi Bott’s Roseleaf Studios, Rice’s new release
features the top-notch talents of Mitch Kashmar, Paul Brainard, Dave Fleschner, Dave Melyan,
and Jimi Bott himself.

Ben plays a variety of guitars on this recording including a steel bodied resonator, a cigar box guitar,
an electric, and a nylon-stringed classical guitar. These instruments, in combinations with his
supporting players, provide the sonic backdrop for his soulful vocals on thirteen tracks,
twelve originals.

Wish The World Away delivers many opportunities to hear Ben in his truest form, alone with a
guitar. In these moments of vulnerability, Ben focuses the intense emotional pull of each song
and directs it to the heart of the listener. His approach to the many styles of blues clearly shows
his command of the instrument and why he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s St. Blues
Guitarist award at the International Blues Challenge in 2015.

The album opens with a stinging guitar on "The Dirt Road Home." Next, Ben takes us back to the
golden era of country blues with the song "If You Ever Change Your Mind." An original tune in the
style of Rev. Gary Davis, Ben captures Davis’s essence with help from harmonica master Mitch

The title track, "Wish The World Away" is a duet with Nashville based singer, Natasha GreyCloud.
The song tells the story of two heartbroken lovers yearning for a fresh start with powerful
harmonies and swirling resophonic guitar.

In his soul cleansing ballad "Hard Times," Ben reveals the full power and soul his voice has to
offer. A throwback to Memphis soul, driven by Fleschner's B3 and Jimi Bott's powerful
drumming. Ben channel’s his inner Otis Redding, as he delivers a message of enduring hardships
and seeking hope.

Ben's original songs are profound and deeply rooted in traditional blues. His guitar playing has
been labeled “fearless,” “inventive” and “powerful." He routinely brings audiences to their feet
with his emotionally honest vocals. Ben is as much at home fronting his electric band as he is
captivating a crowd solo with the simplicity of his voice and resonator guitar.



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