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Eight Track Mind

by Ross Bellenoit

12" vinyl filled with engaging rock & roll with a quick witted lyrical sensibility...
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mysterious Child (oh god!)
3:41 $0.99
2. Heart of Creation
3:07 $0.99
3. Now Is the Time
5:19 $0.99
4. Wicked Love
3:01 $0.99
5. Human Nature
4:33 $0.99
6. Speak Clear
3:41 $0.99
7. Different Crown
4:09 $0.99
8. Don't Tell Me
4:11 $0.99
9. This Time Around
4:47 $0.99
10. Borderline
3:17 $0.99
11. Coda
0:48 album only
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Album Notes
Ross Bellenoit, ace studio guitarist and sideman to top folk and roots artists, will release his first album as a solo artist on Dec. 18, 2010. Released as a limited edition LP on 12-inch vinyl (and also available on iTunes and other online services), Eight Track Mind features ten original songs, all penned by Bellenoit. The release will be marked by a performance at Johnny Brenda’s, with openers Birdie Busch and Zach Djanikian, as well as Bellenoit and his band.

Bellenoit emerges here as a songwriter steeped in traditional songcraft — clearly influenced by the gifted songwriters he’s accompanied, and obviously more concerned with songwriting and production than showing off his considerable chops as a guitarist. The rockers on Eight Track Mind bring to mind the pulsing immediacy and oddball hooks of an Elvis Costello tune, while other songs feature unexpected musical turns reminiscent of Richard Thompson. “As a songwriter,” he says, “you’re looking to have an impact more than anything else. It’s got to resonate with the listener.”

Bellenoit’s talents were highlighted in a 2009 Philadelphia Weekly cover story “The Session Players”, wherein no less an authority than Chuck Treece proclaimed, “That Ross is a motherfucker on guitar” (emphasis his). As one might expect, Eight Track Mind provides more than a few showcases for his playing, which is stylistically reminiscent of Bill Frisell but also suggests David Gilmour’s melodic emphasis, with the occasional “face-melting” sonic assault thrown in for good measure.

By age 25, Bellenoit was already the guitarist of choice for the region’s top singer-songwriters, including Amos Lee (Blue Note), Birdie Busch (Bar None), and ASCAP award-winner John Francis. He’s also piled up studio credits with the region’s preeminent record producers, including Phil Nicolo, Brian McTear and Glenn Barratt. More recently, he’s taken up residence as a producer himself at Turtle Studios, where he helmed last year’s well received debut record from Suzie Brown. Bellenoit’s international reputation has grown as a member of the Sweetback Sisters (Signature Sounds), whose busy touring schedule included a stop on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and whose brand- new release “Be Back Home Tonight” was produced by Bellenoit this summer.

Amos Lee’s 2007 tour forged a tight musical bond among Bellenoit, bassist Jaron Olvesky and drummer Freddy Berman, who went on to perform Bellenoit’s songs as the “Little Rolling Thunder Revue” for several months afterward. With both the material and the band fully worn in at that point, the trio recorded the entire album of songs over a weekend — on an eight-track tape machine. After two years of squeezing in recording and mixing in between other studio projects and tours, the album was completed last summer. Its title reflects the buzzing fertility of a gifted creative mind; in any given week, Bellenoit might be a member of eight bands, producing eight records and writing eight songs — if not more.



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Attended the vinyl release show. What a tight band! He performed more new songs than from this recording. Standouts here for me are Human Nature, Borderline, Speak Clear, heck, they're all good! The new material performed at the show was outstanding. This is someone to pay attention to.