Having travelled the world with his music, from New York to Boulder, Colorado, from Prague to Greystones (stealing the show twice when appearing at our Americana festivals), Ben Jordan has a sound that tells you, hey, been there, played that. If you don’t believe me, go check out his acclaimed album, Ghosts Breathing Through Our Strings. Or, better still, go check him out live.
With his proposed gig on May 30th at The Hot Spot Music Club now postponed, fingers crossed young Ben finds the time to hit Greystones again soon. For further info, call Ailbhe on 087 2917519, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, Ben took the time out to let GG know which songs are in the key of his life…
The Replacements: Bastards of Young
I listened to this song on repeat for WEEKS after the first time I heard it. There’s something about Paul Westerberg’s voice that I’ve always loved and this song was the beginning of the affair! The whole album, Tim, is a rock masterpiece!
Joni Mitchell: Hejira
This might be the best song ever written. It encapsulates the human experience in a way no other song before or since has. It’s such a clear depiction of a life, but like an Impressionist painting, its meaning shifts with the changing light.
Whiskeytown: Easy Hearts
I could do a whole Ryan Adams list! This song really had an intense emotional impact on me, and still does. The lyrics are great and the singing, oh the singing!
Otis Redding: Lover’s Prayer
Is there anything better on the planet than the Big O’s voice? I strive for that soul-bearing honesty in every note I sing. Someday I’ll get there!
The Temptations: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
David Ruffin at his hear wrenching finest!! Magic!!
Bob Marley: Trench Town Rock
One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain. ‘Nuff said!