The music of Americana artists mixed with Irish music was the soundtrack for Ben Glover growing up in the sleepy seaside village of Glenarm in the north of Ireland. This musical theme is woven throughout his life – one artist influenced by two countries connected by the Atlantic Ocean. Glover’s relocation to America in 2008 has allowed him to explore his influences in depth while keeping a firm grasp on his Celtic roots.
In 2016 he signed with Proper Records and released “The Emigrant” about which No Depression said, “It is a tremendous sweep and should end up on the shores of many a top ten albums of 2016 list.” That year he also won “International Song of the Year” at the UK Americana Awards for the song “Blackbirds,” which he co-wrote with Gretchen Peters. His album, “Shorebound” was released on Proper Records in May 2018 and features performances with Gretchen Peters, Ricky Ross, Mary Gauthier Kim Richey and Robert Vincent. Ben is also one of the three songwriters/artists behind The Orphan Brigade who’s 2017 album Heart of The Cave, written in ancient tunnels beneath the Italian city of Osimo, was released on At The Helm Records.
Glover’s music has been featured in programming and advertisements both in the UK and in the US with companies such as Sky, MTV, E! Network, BBC, Coca Cola and more. He’s also enjoyed regular airplay on BBC Radio Two, BBC Scotland and BBC Ulster.
“Glover is something special…a rare writing talent with a gift for subtly selling songs, and a unique voice that lingers long in the memory.” Daily Express Scotland
“Glover has once again raised the bar not just for his own career, but for everyone in the Americana musical panorama..” Folk Radio UK
“[Kim Richey] would rule the charts in a land where Marshall Crenshaw was king, Aimee Mann queen, and the The Beatles never put out another record after Revolver.” Steve Horowitz, popmatters.com
“Richey entices you with sad and unembellished music that reveals an original spirit ‐ and then she ensnares you for keeps by making you consider all the noiseless sensations that no songs can ever contain.” Timothy White, Billboard Magazine
Those artists who find themselves stuck in the deepest of ruts two decades into their careers could learn a thing or two from veteran singer‐songwriter Kim Richey. She’s never been afraid to go where the inspiration is.
Two‐time Grammy‐nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they’d be streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod.
Early on, the Zanesville, Ohio native thrived on the progressive side of mainstream country, her albums (1995’s Kim Richey, 1997’s Bittersweet and 1999’s Glimmer, all on Mercury) showcasing twang‐pop sensibilities, a rich, rounded vocal tone and effortlessly sophisticated songwriting that other discerning performers ‐ Radney Foster, Trisha Yearwood and Pam Tillis to name a few ‐ coveted for their own recordings.
In the years since, Kim has made her subtly psychedelic album Rise (Lost Highway) in Los Angeles with producer Bill Bottrell, flown to London to enlist the help of Giles Martin and emerging with the crisply orchestrated Chinese Boxes (Vanguard) and turned to her East Nashville‐based bandleader and frequent co‐writer Neilson Hubbard to conjure the earthy indie‐pop feel of Wreck Your Wheels (Lojinx/Thirty Tigers) and to complete her latest masterpiece of smart, sensual understatement Thorn In My Heart (Lojinx/Yep Roc).
The array of top‐tier guests on the album include Jason Isbell, Wilco’s Pat Sansone, My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, Will Kimbrough and Yearwood, who was, for the first time, returning the harmony‐singing favor. And the dozen songs themselves show that Richey’s still dreaming up fetching melodies that arc and bend in unexpected ways, and still discovering fresh angles from which to articulate matters of the heart.