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Valley Of The Sun

by Richard Bennett

Bennett's back with guitar in hand and eleven new instrumentals under his fingers. From hard hitting to haunting, Valley Of The Sun is relentlessly melodic, packed with the guitar tone you've read about and miles of style.
Genre: Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Saguaro
3:32 $0.99
2. Gunnin' West
3:14 $0.99
3. Turf Paradise
4:02 $0.99
4. Cine Capri
4:25 $0.99
5. When Boy Meets Guitar
4:03 $0.99
6. Nadine's Scene
4:33 $0.99
7. Barton's Theme
4:35 $0.99
8. Down An Old Rose Lane
4:11 $0.99
9. Pink Oleander
3:10 $0.99
10. A Sunset Ride
3:53 $0.99
11. And So It Seemed
3:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
2010 finds Richard Bennett ever in demand for recording sessions, embarking on his 6th world tour with Mark Knopfler and releasing his latest solo album, Valley Of The Sun. Each of the eleven original instrumentals are relentlessly melodic and trace his early years playing music in Phoenix, Arizona...the Valley of the Sun. Packed with the fluidity, style and tone he's know for, Valley Of The Sun is a personal nod to the people, places and things that forged a career now spanning six decades and showing no signs of slowing.

Excerpts from the liner notes:
"January 1960... it was a hell of a winter. We piled into a drafty, black 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible...picked up Route 66 and pointed the Caddy west, the only way that road lead from the Windy City, in search of a new life in
Phoenix, Arizona...the Valley of the Sun. I imagined cowboys shooting it out in the streets, unhitching their horses and riding off into the sunset or maybe the nearest saloon. After several days driving, stopping only to fill 'er up and sleep in the neon bungalow motor courts along the mother road, we arrived. .....These eleven postcards are love letters, distant watery images...mirages of the Valley of the Sun. It was a hell of a Vienna."

For the stories behind these songs, complete biography, discography, photos, tour notes and more, please visit



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Keith Beechener

Unmistakeably Richard Bennett
While the obvious influences are present in this collection of memories, this is a clear statement that future artists will have to be compared with Richard Bennett to be taken seriously. This album develops themes that were commenced in his two previous albums, and hopefully to be continued in future releases. It's a wonderful journey to take and each track invites you to add your own experiences to those envisaged by Richard. Purchase, load, listen, enjoy, ...


Guitar touch
Richard's third album is a joy to listen to. Once again, beautiful
guitars, great atmosphere, great pieces of music written and structured to
please our ears and touch our heart! This is a very American album which
melodies will bring you from Chicago to Poenix in music. Buckle up! Enjoy
the journey!

Peter Swenson

Lush and enchanting!
Currently touring with Mark Knopfler, this Nashville guitar/production wiz has appeared on dozens (possibly hundreds) of albums from some of country’s legends – George Jones, Glen Campbell, Roseanne Cash, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, and many more. Packed with amazing guitar tones, this instrumental album runs the gamut from spaghetti western (Cine Capri), to western swing (Down an Old Rose Lane) to Roy Orbison-style ballads (When Boy Meets Guitar), to sleepy Hawaiian easy listening (Pink Oleander). It’s truly enchanting stuff that reminds the listener the vast range of sounds and emotions that only a master guitarist can convey.

Isaac Shabtay

Feel Arizona
And so a couple more years have passed since "Code Red, Cloud Nine" and Mr. Bennett furnishes us with yet another great collection.

In an e-mail to me a few months ago, Richard described "Valley of the Sun" as "a little bit of everything"; unsurprisingly, that is the best way to describe this album. You can hear the strong vibes of "Themes from a Rainy Decade" and the soothingness of "Code Red, Cloud Nine", blended quite beautifully.

Listening to this album with my eyes shut I could easily imagine myself chilling out on a rock in some Arizona desert, watching the sun go down and feeling some soft breeze on my face. Definitely good listening, crafted by a guitar player that can only be described as a "Master".

daria cadonna

cracking music
I can't help but quoting Mark Knopfler: Richard Bennet's cracking style is in the air and fans can only be happy and enjoy his music: my favourite Gunnin' west and Ciné Capri bring back to Themes from Rainy Decade atmosphere.


Valley Of The Sun
Richard's new beautiful site is online :

You can order Richard's new cd "Valley Of The Sun" here : http://www.cdbaby.com/richardbennett3 ,
its available from today.

There is a "behind the songs" section on his site:

Recently I did an interview with Richard , you can read it here : http://users.skynet.be/markknopfler/richardbennettinterview.htm


Dave Ross

a beautiful collection of songs: the past as prologue
This new record is just a wonderful collection of songs; authentically conceived; brilliantly written and played and expertly produced. It is a real American collection too in the most honest and noble sense of the word, about the joy of hitting the road and the wonderful result when that creative fire doesn't stop once the person has arrived: in this case, in Phoenix. T.S. Eliot once wrote that we never cease to explore, and that at the end of our own exploration, we will arrive back at the beginning and know the place for the first time. Mr. Bennett has shared that journey with us and in a terrific way. This collection of songs embodies that process as well as anything I've heard. It is just a fantastic record and I heartily recommend it.