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Benmont Tench

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Benmont Tench: From Sideman With Petty’s Heartbreakers To Solo Debut

March 7, 2014 - Benmont Tench, who since the beginning has played those perfect piano lines and organ fills as a member of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, has made a solo album. It's called You Should Be So Lucky and contains ten originals that Benmont has been saving up, sometimes for years and sometimes just for a few weeks, before finally recording the new album produced by Don Was.

We talk about the beginning of Benmont's playing with Petty - he quit college to play in Mudcrutch, the original Petty band. Tench also discusses his desire to grow that has lead him to sit in with younger LA musicians like Jonathan Wilson and Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek. Plus we find out about these new songs and hear them live.

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Recent Release: You Should Be So Lucky
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Label: Blue Note (Universal)

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