Updated: Feb 1
This month I’ve been pretty busy promoting my new album, ‘Broken Man’, in fact I’ve just spent the last two months doing so in Europe, and finally I’m glad to say it’s starting to pay off. All those evenings of putting together press packs and then sending them off to some far off Blues mag / blog is finally seeing results.
After my track ‘Black Heart’ was lucky enough to feature on the cover mount CD of ‘the Blues Magazine’ the lovely editor at the magazine decided to do it again by kindly featuring the song ‘The Old Country’ on this months cover mount CD titled ‘In Safe Hands – The next generation of blues superstars’ high praise indeed! And as if that wasn’t enough the magazine gave my album a great write up:
“On his stunning debut, Broken Man, Hemming is cast as the troubadour. His holler is passionate one minute, world-weary the next as he recalls the blues of the Mississippi delta while capturing the spirit of the beat poets on the road”
The Blues Magazine is available in all good newsagents around the country so grab a copy before they sell out. You can also order a copy online on there website. The release is also due to be reviewed in issue 88 of Blues Blast Magazine with is out at the end of November. Let’s hope there as complimentary to the album as The Blues Magazine were. The magazine is also available nationally but you can also order online on their website.
The album has also been receiving some great attention online on some cool indie blogs and blues websites. ‘The Devil Has The Best Tuna’ had this to say about ‘Black Heart’ the first track from the album:
“Black Heart from Ben Hemming, a London based singer songwriter, tingles the spine like it’s never been tingled before. It shakes, it rattles, it rolls like Johnny Cash on steroids with a Red Bull chaser.”
The album was also reviewed in the Blues Rock Review website who had this to say about the release:
“Broken Man is a sonic pulverizer of the 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. This album is a must own for all fans of the music of T-Bone Burnett and all fans of electric guitars and ghostly Southern blues.”
You can read the full review online by clicking here. So if that little lot didn’t convince you to grab a copy of the album I don’t know what will! ‘Broken Man’ can be downloaded on iTunes, amazon, and streamed on Spotify, and Apple Music. But you can listen for free here: www.benhemming.co.uk
In other news my gig on the 1st of September at the Fiddlers elbow in Camden was a great night of music and I’ll be following it up with a slot at the Good Ship on the 10th of October and at Insiral Lounge in Camden on the 19th of November. So try and make it along to one those dates if you can and hear first hand what all the fuss is about!