Incoming: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Keyboardist Benmont Tench Solo LP

Ben Tench

Drops this coming Feb.—and the vinyl includes extra tracks, to boot.

 Blue Note Records will release the debut solo album from Benmont Tench, You Should Be So Lucky, on February 18. Produced by Glyn Johns, the album was recorded to tape at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and features Tench handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey and contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Joel Jerome, Tom Petty and Ringo Starr.

 (RollingStone.com has premiered the lead track “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” today, click here to listen.)

 The vinyl edition was mastered from the original analog tapes and includes two extra tracks not available on the CD and digital versions of the album.

  Heartbreakers mainstay Tench had always intended on making his own album, but the project gained momentum when Glyn Johns encouraged him to begin recording. Says Tench about Johns: “Glyn is one of the greatest producers & engineers in the story of rock & roll. Hell, he was present at the creation. He has excellent taste, and he brooks no nonsense. He tells you exactly what he thinks, and he backs it up. I love him to death.”

 Don Was, who besides playing on the album, signed the artist as the President of Blue Note Records, describes the artist thusly:  “Benmont is the most enigmatic, mystical and delightful musician I know. He never plays the same notes twice yet the notes he plays are always perfect and loaded with soul. His artistry is utterly uncategorizable…. musicians from all walks of life hold him in the highest esteem and love to play with him. His presence on a session or stage elevates everyone’s performance to new heights.”

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