Ben Hemming - Broken Road
Nu-bluesman Ben Hemming is poised to release his fourth album ’Broken Road’ on the 17th June.
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 unique musical entity’ The Blues Magazine
‘Songs of bleak beauty’ Blues Blast Magazine
‘This is a new blues’ Americana UK
‘I think people will defiantly see a change from my last record, but it maintains a sense of truth and honesty which I feel is such a pivotal part of roots music. I felt a real sense of exploration and evolution in this record, not only because I made it abroad, but as it’s my fourth album there’s a maturity to the song writing that I feel will really strike a chord with people.’
It was during a particularly troublesome period in his life that Hemming embarked upon a musical pilgrimage around America that put him on the road to dedicating his life to music. A journey that has come to fruition with this latest release.
“Music for me has always been about story telling” explains Hemming “of passing on what you’ve learnt of life, through your unique journey, to the people around you.” And it’s a rich tapestry of experience that he has weaved, ‘Broken Road’ set to become a landmark record for Ben Hemming, a leading light of ‘Nu-blues’ shining brightly once more.