NEW ALBUM 'MARKED MAN' OUT NOW.
Ben Hemming’s fifth album 'Marked Man' is out now on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and C.D.
Continuing the excellent track record of the last few years of records, namely ‘The Devil Beside Me’, and lasts years ‘Broken Road’. Ben Hemming has been busy in the studio creating a release full Blues Rock swagger and grit.
“The albums main concept is of feeling out of place in the world, singled out and isolated, an outlaw rejected from mainstream society and forced to find your own path. But in that feeling of rejection, of giving up of everything, you can be free to find out who you really are. Only in losing everything can you find yourself in a world at sea in confusion and loss of identity.”
Recorded at Masterlink Productions, a studio located in rural Woking just outside of London, with producer James Welsh at the controls, the recording process acted as a ‘safe haven’ away from the distractions of city life and gave a real focus and direction to the music.
“I feel I’ve surrounded myself with people who understand what I’m trying to achieve in my music. It’s a safe environment that has really helped develop my songwriting to the next level. I guess I found the self-belief I’ve been looking for.’’
All songs Written and performed by Ben Hemming. Vocals & guitar Ben Hemming, Bass by Rubean Ard, drums by Luigi Rampino. Produced & mixed by James Welsh at Masterlink Productions, Woking. Released
May 11 2022 © Ben Hemming 2022.
FORTH ALBUM 'BROKEN ROAD' OUT NOW.
Ben Hemming’s fourth album 'Broken Road' is out now on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and C.D.
Riding the wave of success of 2019’s seminal album ‘The Devil Beside Me’ hailed as "Huge, dark, bleak and troubled. One of the best things I’ve heard this year." by Music News, Ben Hemming has returned to the studio to craft a release that brims with Alt-Rock credentials but still maintains Hemming’s Blues roots.
Recorded in Norway at Velvet Recordings, a state of the art studio with a famous Neve mixing desk, Hemming has teamed up once more with producer Nick Terry (The Libertines, Ian Brown, The Klaxtons). The album is a fitting return to foreign soil, and a return to the scene of his second release, tying in with concepts of journey and self-discovery that unites new material in a common theme. It’s an album that transcends previous work with its depth and progression, and puts Ben Hemming firmly in the limelight once more.
“A thunderous record… While this may be for those who prefer meatier sounds, it is still a very, very strong album.’’ - Maverick Magazine
"...fantastic, a real cool record with plenty of guts and a real dose of blues rock with heart."
"...an extremely competent musical journey into someone’s soul, with those deals that accompany the legend of Robert Johnson laid bare." 9/10 - God Is In The TV
"...if you like dark brooding melancholy style blues with good lyrics and a great arrangement then check this album out." - Blues Matters
“...bleak, brooding, huge... hints of the Blues as interpreted by an original thinker...” - RnR Magazine
“...the album has a plush sound that really comes to life as it expands... if you like your Blues on the heavier side, then this is for you.” 8/10 - Powerplay Magazine
All songs Written and performed by Ben Hemming. Vocals & guitar Ben Hemming, Bass by Thomas Sidd, drums by Luigi Rampino. Produced & mixed by Nick Terry at Velvet Recording, Spydeberg, Norway. Released
June 17 2020 © Ben Hemming 2020.
THIRD ALBUM 'THE DEVIL BESIDE ME'
Ben Hemming’s new album 'The Devil Beside Me' is out now on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, C.D. and Vinyl.
Recorded at The Blues Studios in London’s Hackney with fabled producer Mark Waterman (Depeche Mode, Elastica) behind the desk, ‘The Devil Beside Me’ is a tangible step forward from his previous work. The staple dark brooding remains throughout, but is supplemented now by a drive and energy that helps take this body of work to a whole new level. The result is a richly dynamic album that musically drives more than Hemming’s previous work, whilst simultaneously showcasing his trademark lyrical vulnerability. Above all, his ability to capture a rawness of emotion remains undiminished.
"Huge, dark, bleak and troubled. One of the best things I’ve heard this year." - Music News
"Ben Hemming... is to be congratulated on producing a fairly visceral and gut-wrenching musical experience that has blues overtones but is in reality a pretty unique form which doesn’t fall into any pigeon hole." - Blues Matters
"His ability to capture the rawness of emotion remains undiminished…his boldest musical statement to date." - Rootstime
"[The album] ...shows an artist developing his style, evolving into other areas and pushing the ‘rules’ of a genre to see where it takes us and what treasures can be found." - Dancing About Architecture
All songs Written and performed by Ben Hemming. Bass by James Hosking, drums by Luigi Rampino. Produced by Mark Waterman at The Blue Studios, London. Mixed by Nick Terry. Released May 31, 2019 © Ben Hemming 2020.
ALBUM 'CITY OF STREETS' OUT NOW
Ben Hemming’s second album ‘City of Streets’ is out now Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and C.D.
The release was recorded in the small Norwegian town of Spydeberg, 40 mins away from the capital Oslo, at ‘Velvet Recording’ a state of the art studio with an impressive live room. This enabled band to be recorded playing together and gave a amazing live vide to the album. It was produced by Nick Terry who has worked with some big names such as The Libertines, Ian Brown, and Klaxons. His initiative work ethic and production techniques gave the release a distinctive sound all of it’s own. The album was recorded in the bleak Norwegian winter of 2017, a factor that has no doubt added to the atmosphere and intensity of the recording.
The title of the album ‘City of Streets’ was chosen as the majority of the songs were written in London, were Ben Hemming is currently based, and were an attempt to embody the isolation that lies at the heart of the modern metropolis.
"Railway track rhythms fuelled by empowering acoustic-blues riffs" - Art Will Fall.
"...every song is original, with an hour’s worth of meaning packed into just over thirty minutes." - Blues Blast Magazine.
"His deep baritone voice lends itself to American country music, where clarity and a laid-back serenity make their fortune." - Southland Blues.
All songs Written and performed by Ben Hemming. Double bass by Raf Ruocco, Drums by Eric Young. Produced by Nick Terry at Velvet Recording, Spydeberg, Norway. Released
March 8, 2017 © Ben Hemming 2020.
DEBUT ALBUM 'BROKEN MAN' OUT NOW
Ben Hemming’s debut album ‘Broken Man’ is available to download on Bandcamp. this release is also available on in the store with an exclusive bonus track of 'The Old Country' recorded at the famous Third Man recording booth in Nashville. here’s what the press are saying about the release:
“Broken Man is a sonic pulveriser of an album that grabs a hold of the listener from the outset with its boot stomping, glass-chewing grind and refuses to relent for a memorable 32 minutes.” — Blues Rock Review.
“It's every musician's dream to nail a unique musical identity. Ben Hemming, a London based singer songwriter (born and raised in the rural midlands) can tick that box thanks to the spine-tingling 'Black Heart', with its rattling guitar and hollered vocals.” — The Blues Magazine.
"Part blues, part folk, part rock and part gospel, Broken Man is a collection of songs of bleak beauty and resigned acceptance of the lottery of life. it is also a fascinating and highly enjoyable release." Blues Blast Magazine.
"The album is beautiful, but in that harsh, eastern european, soviet concrete structure kind of way. a dark solitary collection of music, apt for a world of woe, a story of survival, of just getting by, this is a new Blues."
- Americana U.K.
Written, performed, and recorded by Ben Hemming. Released April 3, 2015 © Ben Hemming 2020.