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Wish The World Away

Is it possible for Ben Rice to get any better than he already is? Watching him from his early teens he continues to stun me with how much he seemingly improves with each and every performance I see him at. And his skill levels have shown steady growth with his recordings, too.

Wish The World Away is his seventh release and there was no fooling around with this disc. Recorded and mixed at Jimi Bott’s Roseleaf Studios with a plethora of top of the heap musicians, including the likes of Mitch Kashmar, Paul Brainard, Dave Fleschner, Dave Melyan and Jimi Bott himself. Ben himself explores a variety of guitars, just as he usually does on stage. From electric to steel-bodied, resonator to cigar box, Ben handles them all well with a great amount of talent.

The songs themselves are all originals with the exception of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” He tends to use Wonder’s material to showcase his band on stage, as he did with his previous release, Live at The Purple Fox Loft, where they broke into “I Wish” delivering a funky taste of soloing.

There is an exceptional amount of Ben alone with his guitar, perhaps backed by subtle percussion at times, but these moments give a close insight to just how diverse and adept at the instrument in many formats he can command. His stinging guitar on “The Dirt Road Home” opens the album and places you right by his side as he glides across his strings...

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2 Days Events

  • August 15, 2018 7:00 pm
    Doug Rowell's Flying Guitar Circus-guest Timothy James
    Trail's End Saloon
  • August 15, 2018 8:00 pm
    Fenix Project with guest Arietta Ward
    Blue Diamond
  • August 15, 2018 8:30 pm
    Robbie Laws Jammin' Wednesdays
    Catfish Lou’s
  • August 15, 2018 8:30 pm
    Soul Cookin'
    Spirits Pub
  • August 16, 2018 7:00 pm
    Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys
    Trail's End Saloon
  • August 16, 2018 7:00 pm
    Steve Cheseborough
    EaT: an Oyster Bar
  • August 16, 2018 8:00 pm
    Chad Rupp, 1-4-5 Blues Party
    Lair Bar and Grill
  • August 16, 2018 8:00 pm
    Ed Neumann & Friends (Jimi Bott, Jim Solberg) guest Kevin Hansen
    CI Bar & Grill
  • August 16, 2018 8:00 pm
    Lisa Mann Trio
    Billy Blues Bar and Grill

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