Ben Hemming’s new single ‘Dead Man Blues’ out now…
Out today, Ben Hemming releases new single ‘Dead Man Blues’ in anticipation of forthcoming album ‘The Devil Beside Me’
Nu-bluesman Ben Hemming releases his brand new single, in the form of the menacing ‘Dead Man Blues’, the second track from the forthcoming album ‘The Devil Beside Me’, which is itself due for release on May 31st.
Here are some kind words from press already…
‘A unique musical entity’ The Blues Magazine
‘Songs of bleak beauty’ Blues Blast Magazine
‘This is a new blues’ Americana UK
Having spent the last two years relentlessly honing his craft by touring around Europe (twice), and immersing himself in songwriting, Hemming returns to the fore with his boldest musical statement to date.
“‘Dead Man Blues’ is really a metaphor for feeling ignored in a world that no longer shares your beliefs,” Hemming explains, “and actually it’s the first track on the new album because that sense of isolation and detachment is a central theme that runs throughout the record.”
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. 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.
“The central theme of the album is all in the title,” he explains, “It deals with one’s inner demons and how fears and insecurities can hold you back from achieving what you believe is your life’s destiny. Its really a journey that leads to overcoming those demons, and becoming a stronger and more developed person because of it.”
‘The Devil Beside Me’ is available to pre-order/for pre-save here.