Ben Ottewell ‘Rattlebag’ the new album out December 8th on Sunday Best Recordings‏

November 12, 2014
Tim Cleesby

Tim Cleesby



“Impeccable folk-rock” Clash

 Rattlebag is the second solo album from the acclaimed singer and guitarist Ben Ottewell, released via Sunday Best Recordings on 8th December. The first single from the album is title track Rattlebag, impacting 15th December. Watch the whimsical animated video here

As a singer and lead guitarist in Mercury Award-winning rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, “his voice is not of this world.”

Ottewell released his first solo album Shapes & Shadows in 2011, described in a 4 star review in Mojo magazine as “rustic and folky in a gutsy, often heartwarming way.” Since then, Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful solo tours across the UK, US and Australia.

On Rattlebag, Ottewell once again collaborated with childhood friend and his Shapes & Shadows writing partner Sam Genders, previously of Tunng. Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, the album is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell’s infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along.

Rattlebag is a record that transcends, appealing to Gomez fans for the recognizable voice they have come to love, and going beyond into a fresh new direction, evoking Americana and folk influences to create something that can be uniquely labelled as Ben Ottewell. “There’s a time and place for us / I will take you there,” he sings (Shoreline). On Rattlebag, Ottewell proffers hope and promise accompanied by sublime acoustic and slide guitars.

Ottewell is currently on tour in Australia and New Zealand later, returning to the UK for a tour in December.

Ben Ottewell live:

22nd Nov         Manchester Victoria Warehouse, Whisky Sessions (WITH GOMEZ)

5th Dec          Sheffield Greystones

6th Dec        Newcastle The Mining Institute

7th Dec       Edinburgh The Pleasance Theatre

9th Dec          Belfast McHughs

10th Dec Dublin Workman’s Social Club

11th Dec     Galway Roisin Dubh

13th Dec     Wakefield The Hop

14th Dec        Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

15th Dec        London Lexington / /


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