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by Ben Winship

Rootsy, bluesy, funk, dixie, folk -- mostly my songs with special guests Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, Mollie O'Brien and lot's more!
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Toolshed
3:46 $0.99
2. That's What Ghosts Are For
4:01 $0.99
3. Ragged but Right
3:43 $0.99
4. Crossing the Great Divide
5:01 $0.99
5. Dumb Luck & Elbow Grease
4:22 $0.99
6. The Buzzard's Dilemma
3:31 $0.99
7. Always the Mountain
5:16 $0.99
8. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
3:49 $0.99
9. My Name's Mudd
4:16 $0.99
10. What's the Matter with the Well
2:29 $0.99
11. Which Way to Fly
4:04 $0.99
12. I Thought You Were a Goat #2 (Bonus Track)
3:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
They call it studio magic, but the truth is that the best recording studios aren’t wonka-esque wonderlands of fancy gear, they’re humble churches to the joys of making music. Roots musician, recording engineer, and well-traveled sideman Ben Winship knows this well. He’s grown his backyard space, The Henhouse in tiny Victor, Idaho, into a renowned recording space centered less on the gear and more on the vibe, the kind of easy relaxed musical space that calls out for new songs and old tunes. It’s also the space where he’s been working on Toolshed: a showcase of his talents and full-to-the-rafters with powerful guests and friends. Released in 2019, this CD showcases Ben’s songwriting, arranging, and musicianship with a host of artists he’s come to know from years of performing on the road. Toolshed presents a full-band sound, forming Americana and country-rock soundscapes and featuring guests like Louisiana legend Ivan Neville, bluegrass legend Joe Newberry, Travis Book of The Infamous Stringdusters, Grammy-winning fingerstyle guitarist Mike Dowling, and Stanton Moore, the drummer for Galactic.
"I spend a huge amount of time in the studio producing and engineering records for other people, so I’m really comfortable with the tricks and tools of the studio.” Some of those tricks and tools built the full band sound of Toolshed, drawing from over two dozen artists on a host of instruments, everything from full brass bands to a tabla player. Winship doesn’t see a lot of need to tour this band around, so it became at times an exercise in genre creation, wending from the jazz manouche of a song like “My Name’s Mudd” to the jamband buzz of “Across the Great Divide,” the easy-rolling honky-tonking title track, or the mandolin-fused Dixieland beat of “Ragged but Right.” Ivan Neville guests on “What’s the Matter with the Well,” a powerfully apt song written by Winship after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.



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