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This full band acoustic soul-pop rock hybrid album features his engaging, soulful vocals weaved within a framework of genre-shifting accompaniment which provides a platform for contemplative, understated lyrics.

10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, POP: Pop/Rock

Details:
Since graduating in 2006 with a degree in Music Technology from McGill University in Montreal, Ben Hammond has been touring and playing festivals (including the Montreal Jazz Festival) and venues (Montrealâs Sala Rossa and Metropolis, Antifolk in New York City, many more). Recent appearances and activities have ranged from tours of his home in rural New England to across the world in New Zealand, composing original songs, and most recently completing his full length studio album â[Reasonably] Honestâ with full band and Downbeat Magazine award winning mixer Reuben Ghose. Schooled in jazz, raised on rock, immersed in soul, and fascinated with music the world over, Ben can just as easily be found strumming and singing a ballad as he can live looping an a cappella improvisation of Tuvan throat singing, beatboxing, and harmonized scatting. When performing his composed material, either as a soloist or with his quartet, the music features Benâs engaging, soulful vocals weaved within a framework of genre-shifting instrumentation which provides a platform for contemplative, understated lyrics.

Broadcast/Airplay:
- âNo History Sessions EPâ has received airplay on 93.5FM (WMWV Conway, NH), 95.9FM (WATD Boston, MA),
- â[Reasonably] Honestâ brand new album scheduled for release March 2008, already slotted for airplay on 89.3FM (WHSN Bangor, ME), 91.3FM (WUNH Durham, NH), 91.1FM (WMUA Amherst, MA), 89.5FM (CIUT U of Toronto), 90.3FM (CKUT Montreal) https://www.tradebit.com Web Radio, Marthaâs Vineyard Web Radio (https://www.tradebit.com),
- Solo concert footage opening for Entrain in Schouller Park featured multiple times on Channel 3 Valley Vision in North Conway, NH.
- Live Performance on CTV in Montreal with Effusion A Cappella

Recording Appearances:
- Ben Hammond â[Reasonably] Honestâ 2008
- Ben Hammond âNo History Sessions EPâ 2006
- Guest on Renee Lee âMaple Grooveâ 2004 â Justin Time Records
- Effusion A Cappella âUnrestrainedâ 2006
- Effusion A Cappella âMovinâ Awayâ 2002

Upcoming Album Release Tour Dates:
- March 28th in London, ON at Winks with Band
- April 11th in Toronto, ON at the Central with Band
- April 12th in Burlington, VT at the Radio Bean
- April 19th in Montreal, QC at the Yellow Door with Band
- April 27th in New York, NY at the Sidewalk Café at AntiFolk
- May 11th in Montreal, QC at Casa del Popolo with Band
- May 14th in Montreal, QC w/ Joel Miller at La Salla Rossa
- May 29th in Portland, ME at Blue with Band
- June 10th in Brownfield, ME at the STONE MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER!

Festival Appearances:
- With Joel Miller Mandala at the Montreal Jazz Festival
- Opened for Entrain at the North Conway Arts in the Park
- Sarasota Arts Day Festival
- Festival 500 in Newfoundland with Bobby McFerrin
- ICCA Championship at Town Hall in New York City

Press/Quotes:
- âThese days he works the music circuit all over New England armed with his acoustic guitar, live- looping vocal percussion (meaning this guy's something of a human beat box) and his brand of "jazztastic hip folk." I've heard his EP and I'll vouch for him. Hammond's got it going on for sure. What do I mean by "it?" Find out Saturday nightâ. - Aimsel Ponti in the Portland Press Herald

- âTo compare Hammond to artists like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Jamie Cullum and Ron Sexton would be reasonable, but hardly does justice to Hammond's own styleâ â Alec Kerr in the Conway Daily Sun

- "Seeing a Ben Hammond show right now is what it must have been like to see Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson when they were coming up through the bars. A talent like him is rare and I'm sure some day the world will be privy to what an amazing musical artist he is."- Wil Whalen, Booking Manager at Spring Street

- "Ben is extremely talented, connects well with his audience and is requested regularlyâ¦" Theresa Stearns, Owner White Mt Cider Co.


Discography Info:
- Ben Hammond â[Reasonably] Honestâ 2008 â Personally financed and organized, composed and co-produced.
- Ben Hammond âNo History Sessions EPâ 2006. Sold over 1,000 copies at shows and in local stores.

Awards:
- 2004 Montreal ICCA Vocal Percussion Award
- 2001 Best Male Vocalist at the Maine State Vocal Jazz Competition
- 2001 Awarded for original composition, adaptation and performance of Fryeburg Academyâs New England Championship winning 1-Act play âWiley and the Hairy Manâ

All Songs © 2008 and composed by Ben Hammond (BMI)
Ben Hammond (guitars, vocals, beatboxing, theremin, sk1)

Rhythm Section:
Nico Dann (drums, vocals, percussion)
Dan Fortin (bass)
Gabe Nespoli (keys, B3 organ, piano)

Also Featuring:
Kweku Sam Kwofie (rap/backing vocals #1, #8, #10)
Zach Finkelstein (backing vocals #2, #8, #10)
Lindsay Hamilton (backing vocals #6, #8, #10)
Gabi Epstein (backing vocals #8, #10)
Scott McGuffin (bodhran #9)
Jon Lindhorst (tenor sax #2)
Maike (trumpets #1, #4)
Mikael Tobias (elec. guitar #7, #10)
Jeremy Cain (elec. guitar #8)
Mick Mendelsohn (elec. guitar /slide #4, #6)


Please view official website for video and more info.

Lyrics:

(Reasonably) Honest" - 2008, BMI
# 1) Let's Get Alone

We might never go if noone else is watching us
we might never act if everything is left up to trust
we might never try if noone else is judging us

(we'll just) wait for tomorrow to break
Sometimes someones tell you they know what is best for you and,
somehow everything they say is wasted, wasted on you
something everybody thinks of when they're tired, lonely

(they'll just) wait for tomorrow to break

living long enough to know you never learned your lesson/
everyday stressing / forever second guessing /
thinking that the time passed by with no reply/
another day another grown old/
always on your own but never been alone/
life got ya locked in a choke hold/
oh no the ova flow sold yo an old folk poem/
ask Bo he don't know /
so ya keep a low pro until tomorrow /
and ya live life like ya got the answer /
moving faster / as the day flies by / and the sun don't shine/
now ya drinking fine wine/ just to keep your mind blind /
and ya third eye got ya tell a lie / my my mm ya a hell of a guy ya that's rightu /
ya wana fly like a bird but your wings didn't buy /
making everyday first for the rest of your life /
now you look to the sky, but you can't see the light /
you gotta let go to let the love in your life, on your own, let's get alone /


There are many many ways to try and fight it baby
there are many ways to it up and still be ok
there are many things I hoped to tell you, not today

(i'll just) wait for tomorrow to break
wait for tomorrow to break


# 2) Worst Kind of Perfect

Give me reasons, reasons why I should leave
the hardest thing's forgetting, what you don't wanna believe
seem's like a someone's always crying
crying out to a somebody
you know I'd be lying
if I told you, it wasn't what i need

you're the worst kind of perfect
perfect for someone like me
you're the worst kind of perfect
(you) fit perfectly, but not with me not quite yet

even when I'm dreaming,
I'm lucid but your signal comes through
when I could choose anything
don't you know, I still choose you
Go ahead and call me crazy
crazy cause im crazy 'bout you
crazy cause i'm leaving
crazy cause, i'm staying with you

you're the worst kind of perfect
perfect for someone like me
you're the worst kind of perfect
(you) fit perfectly, but not with me not quite
not quite yet

chorus
not with me not quite yet


# 3) It's OK

It's ok to be in love, it's ok
it's ok to be in love, it's ok
this is someplace I can be
this is somewhere I can see
this is something I can believe in
don't you ever go and leave me

it's ok to be alone, it's ok
it's ok to be alone, it's ok
you tell me you need to feel needed
and I know I can be conceited
but go ahead and make me feel
something I don't know how to feel

don't you ever go and drop me
now (that) I've got no way of stopping
don't you ever try and change things
it's ok, just rearranging,
rearranging

it's ok to be in love, it's ok
it's ok to be in love, it's ok
gimme a light, gimme tonight, gimme something warm
gimme a light, gimme tonight, gimme something warm


# 4) Lemme Know

if you want me to go, baby lemme lemme know
before i say something stupid
if you want me to stay, baby tell me tell me so
i'll save you some of your precious time

we could take forever baby
and just say nothing at all
we could take a long time

if you think we should leave, baby tell me tell me so
i am good at forgetting, you know I'm good at forgetting you

we could take forever baby
and just say nothing at all
we could take a long long time

just you... and me.
baby it's just you... and me.
baby it's just you... and me.

i don't want you right now
i don't need you around
i'm in love with the sound of your tears from far away

i don't want you right now [i don't want you]
i don't need you around [i don't need you]
i'm in love with the sound of your tears from far away

i don't want you right now
i don't need you around
i'm in love with the sound of your tears from far away


# 5) [interlude]

"oops i broke it"


# 6) Touch

Baby touch, baby hold my hand
baby touch me, make me feel like I'm happy
baby touch, give it away
I can't recall where this left off

Baby hold, hold me down
baby hold me, make me sing
baby hold, give it away
I can't recall where this left off

If i touch your lips with these fingertips, maybe
somehow i'll get you to stay
if I brush your face, maybe take his place, but then those
Drums got in the way, when I was trying to say...

baby tell, tell me off
baby tell me, tell me just about anything
baby tell, give it away
I can't recall where this left off

If I touch your lips with these fingertips maybe
somehow i'll get you to stay
if I brush your face, maybe take his place, but then those
Drums got in the way, when I was trying to say...


that all that I need
is your hands on my face
all that i need...

baby touch, baby touch me
all that i need is your hands,
all that i need is your hands,
all that i need is you.


# 7) Start Breathing

if you had just told me
i think it'd be different now
i think it'd be different now but it'll all work out somehow you say
if you had just told me

but i never gave you a chance

if i could just hold you
i think it'd feel different now
i think it'd feel different now but it'll all work out somehow you say
if i could just hold you

but you never gave me a chance
gimme a chance

oh don't get dragged down
don't get dragged down with me

sometimes i wonder what i'm thinking with you
sometimes i'm thinking about what you're doing with me
sometimes i notice, you're not breathing,
you stopped breathing
you stopped

if you had just told me
i think it'd be different now
i think it'd be different now but it'll all work out somehow you say
but i never gave you a chance
gimme a chance

don't get dragged down
don't get dragged down with me
don't get dragged down with me

just start breathing


# 8) When I'm Supposed To

all this rock 'n roll
supposed to soothe my soul
all it does is confuse me

all these games we play
supposed to make you feel ok
all they do is abuse me

all those things you said
what you did instead
baby it's not working

guess it's up to me
to help you see
but honey i'm way too good at flirting

I only think of you
when I'm supposed to
only feel for you
when I feel like I have to
But I only (ever) think of you.
When will you think of me too?

da da da da da...

this game is tired and i don't want to play anymore
the game is tired and I dont want to play anymore
if I come over don't you know I'm bound to sleep on your floor
Don't wanna cry anymore


# 9) Even Though

even though, even though it's cold outside
i can't see your breath
even though, even though you paint your eyes
i can tell when you've been crying

even though, even though

even though, even though i never heard you sing
i know what you're thinking
even though, even though i never heard you sing
I'm still listening, i'm still listening

even though, even though

i didn't lie, i didn't lie, i didn't lie
no i didn't lie to you

even though, even though i tried
even though, even though you cried, every night
even though, even though i cried too
you know i never lied to you
no i never lied to you


# 10) Another Friend

looking up at green stone queen
you turned, we cried and left
crying never feels as good when you're alone
if there's something you've been hiding
something you've been hiding

you were probably talking at me
you used to act so happy
and then those gray clouds came up under your eyes
is there something you've been hiding
something you've been hiding

chorus

if these walls could talk
if we had ears to listen
they'd probably tell you why you feel alone
cause there's something you've been hiding
something you've been hiding

chorus

why didn't i go?
why didn't i go?
why'd we have to cry alone?

it's just another friend

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  BenHammondMusic.Com wrote:
Review from Indie-Music.com

"So any singer-songwriter that owns, knows how to use, and then puts on their CD the Theremin has got my attention. Even if it is for only one track, it piqued my interest, and as I scanned down the page I noticed that this singer-songwriter does a lot more than just play guitar; he beat boxes, circuit bends and writes damned good songs.

The writer in question is Ben Hammond and his new CD, [Reasonably] Honest, has ten tracks that weave in and out of jazz, rock, reggae, rap and pop while staying true to a sound that is definitely Ben Hammond. Hammond sounds, vocally, like Jamie Cullum and John Mayer and has a bouncy guitar style with great backbeats that remind me of Jack Johnson. The thing that sets him apart from those guys is his ability to blur the line between jazz, pop and hip-hop and do it so that it doesnīt sound forced. When I was reading Hammondīs press release and got to the part about his beat boxing, I groaned, but when I listened I was truly impressed at how he fits it in and makes it sound like it belongs.

The songs on this CD are of the usual variety relationship-I want you, You Want Me-Iīm confused, Please help me- type of songs. Thatīs OK, and what makes it OK is the music and grooves that keep you listening. The first track, "Letīs Get Alone" starts off with a groovy acoustic guitar riff and has a well placed rap-verse in the middle done up well by Kweku Sam Kwofie. "Itīs OK" is a solo track with just voice and guitar that gives the listener an insight to the live sound of Ben Hammond. "Touch" is a track that does not allow you to sit still and uses Hammondīs beat boxing and some beats and sounds that reminded me of Stevie Wonder.

Ben Hammond seems to be on the edge of all the latest musical trends like circuit bending and beat boxing, yet it is all brought back into the traditional forms of jazz and pop and delivered with expertise. Go out and get this disk."

By Darryl Gregory



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