Following the success of his acclaimed new solo album Hendra, Ben Watt has announced a week-long US tour this July in addition to the previously scheduled performances and readings in New York and Los Angeles this June.
Watt will play solo on guitar and electric piano, accompanied by friend, album-collaborator and perhaps the finest lead guitarist of his generation, Bernard Butler (formerly of Suede). The audience can expect new songs and vintage gems from the two indie legends.
After twenty years as co-songwriter, occasional singer and primary instrumentalist in Everything But The Girl, and ten as an international DJ and label owner with Buzzin’ Fly, Ben Watt returned to his singer-songwriter folk-rock roots in April this year with Hendra, his first since North Marine Drive thirty-one years ago.
Hendra has earned widespread 4 star reviews from Mojo, Q, Uncut, The Guardian, and many more. Ann Powers of NPR Music said, "Ben Watt is a master of detail and of quietude... Now, with his first solo album in 31 years, he has returned to highly cultured, intimate song craft.”
The Guardian’s Alex Petridis said "As a demonstration of Watt's songwriting prowess, Hendra is pretty much perfect." Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times praised Hendra’s “low-key relevance” saying it tells "intimate stories about memory and loss."
On June 10th at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn and June 14th at Book Soup in Los Angeles, Ben Watt will participate in an audience Q&A and read from his much-anticipated second book Romany and Tom. To be published by Bloomsbury on June 10th, the book has been called "poignant, life-affirming work" by the Financial Times and "a major achievement to rival any of Watt's recordings" by The Guardian.
US Tour Dates:
6/10/14: Brooklyn, NY – PowerHouse Arena – Reading + Q&A
6/11/14: New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
6/12/14: New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
6/13/14: Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
6/14/14: Los Angeles, CA – Book Soup – Reading + Q&A
7/15/14: Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel
7/16/14: Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
7/17/14: Toronto, ON – The Drake
7/18/14: Chicago, IL – Old Town School Of Music
7/19/14: Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl
7/21/14: Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
7/22/14: San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Hendra Purchase Links:
iTunes - http://smarturl.it/HendraiTunes
iTunes Deluxe - http://smarturl.it/HendraDeluxeiTunes
Amazon CD - http://smarturl.it/HendraCD
Amazon Deluxe CD - http://smarturl.it/HendraDeluxe
Romany and Tom Purchase Links:
Amazon - http://amzn.to/1rcKqRI