Benny Ferander | Layin' Down the Line

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Layin' Down the Line

by Benny Ferander

Acoustic based blues music, uplifting, on National steel resonator guitar
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. Hellhounds On My Trail
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4:20 album only
2. Stones In my Passway
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4:05 album only
3. Things About Coming My Way
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4:15 album only
4. Walkin' Blues
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3:50 album only
5. I Cant Be Satisfied
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4:05 album only
6. Layin' Down The Line
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8:11 album only
7. Rollin' and Tumblin'
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4:06 album only
8. Sugar Mama
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4:03 album only
9. Travelin' Riverside
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3:18 album only
10. Standing On The Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Benny Ferrander started taking private guitar instruction from me shortly after we met at my weekly Blues Jam at Club Stampen in Stockholm around 2007.

He was already a gifted electric guitar player and wanted to expand his understanding of improvisation. After a few lessons, he asked me about slide guitar and I said “well, you need one of these for that” and thrust my National metal-body Style O into his hands. He just had to have one and we arranged to meet at the local guitar store who I knew carried a good selection of them. He then found his match…

Benny picked up quick and within a short time was hauling his heavy, steel bodied resonator to the Blues Jams and working out a repertoire. Within a year and a half he was playing gigs and he didn’t even have to make a deal with the devil (I think?). He soon wanted to record this music so he could have a good representation of what he was doing and asked me to help him in the studio. What I appreciate about Benny is that he doesn’t realize what a natural he is, he just loves the blues. He has chosen a selection of old songs to record by some of his favorite Delta blues artists but his interpretation is not copied at all, it is his own voice coming through.

He’s comfortable with that voice and I hear something that seems to connect right back to what is most important about good blues music; the story.

His warm voice and confident playing invite you in and then take you for a walk through the experiences of the blues that was just as much a fantasy to me when I first discovered them over 30 years ago as it is to him now.

Benny has written a few of his own songs here as well, which I contributed to but they come from his own family experience and expression, yet still includes this timeless quality of those same old blues songs he performs.

I am happy that Benny has found his voice in this timeless style of music. I’m proud that I could be a part of guiding him though this process and awaken a sense of wonder with the eternal blues. But there are some things that can’t ever be taught or learned. Listen closely here and you’ll know what I mean…

-Brian Kramer; Producer Layin’ Down The Line


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Shashona McCall

Benny Ferander - Laying Down The Line
Benny Ferander - Layin' Down The Line Review
www.myspace.com/ferander & www.facebook.com/ferander


Location: Stockholm Sweden
Genre: Delta Blues

Layin' Down The Line Track list:
1) Hellhounds On My Trail (Robert Johnson) 4:21
2) Stones In My Passway (Robert Johnson) 4:06
with Brian Kramer: Acoustic Guitar
3) Things Are Coming My Way (Hudson Whittaker, Duchess Music Corporation) 4:16
with Mats Qwarfordt: Harmonica and backup vocals
4) Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson) 3:50
with Ake Lindberg: Acoustic guitar
5) I Can't Be Satisfied (Mc Kinley Morganfield, Bug Music) 4:05
with Ake Lindberg: Acoustic guitar
6) Layin' Down The Line (Ferander/Kramer) 8:11
with Brian Kramer Acoustic guitar & backup vocals
Mats Qwarfordt: Harmonica, backup vocals
Ake Lindberg: Backup vocals
7) Rollin' And Tumblin' (Mc Kinley Morganfield/ Bug Music) 4:06
with Mats Qwarfordt: Harmonica
8) Sugar Mama (Hudson Whittaker) 4:04
with Ake Lindberg: Acoustic guitar
9) Travelin' Riverside (Robert Johnson) 3:19
10) Standing On The Moon (Ferander/Kramer)
with Brian Kramer: National slide guitar & backup vocals


Benny Ferander - Layin' Down The Line

Benny Ferander hales from Stockholm Sweden and has done them proud with his new release called "Layin' Down The Line". A generous 10 track album filled to the brim with delicious delta blues. This album features some of THE best acoustic guitar picking we have heard in years. The National slide is enough to curl your toes with delight. Benny nails the vocals and has us glued to our seats for the entire album.

This is blues like it should be, pure heaven. Instrumentation is fabulous on "Layin' Down The Line". Simply hypnotic. The production and mixing is exceptional. Benny has the most amazing style and vocal, leaving us wanting more Benny Fernader! He has taken advantage Brian Kramer, Mats Qwarfordt and Ake Lindberg for some brilliant backup vocals and it works! The experience behind this album shines through easily. This is smooth, easy blues and takes you deep into another realm. A realm of where blues rules and these are the kings.

The tracks I have set aside for this review are:
1)
Laying Down Line - This is an absolutely brilliant song. It tells the story of Benny Ferander's great great grandfather who travelled to the promised land and worked on the train tracks in New York to feed his family. He died working in those tunnels in a collapse in 1906 laying down the line. The sound of Benny's vocal as he tells the story, takes you on a journey back in time. Acoustic Guitar, harmonica and backup vocals completing the delta blues feel, framing Benny Ferander's lead vocals into a wonderful trip. ****** stars!

2)
Standing On The Moon - This is an upbeat track about life and understanding. Great advice and good way to look at life. Benny Ferander nails the vocals on this song. Backup vocals are presented by Brian Kramer along with National guitar. Smooth blues just the way we love it. ****** stars!

3)
Walkin' Blues (Robert Johnson) - Benny Ferander does an exceptional job on this track. You will be leaning into this song. Benny sings "Walkin Blues" from deep in his soul and takes us along for the ride. The acoustic guitar, played by Ake Lindberg sets this track on fire. ****** stars.

Let me tell you, I did it, tough choosing only 3 tracks. This entire album is an unmitigated success! Benny Ferander has a unique style that is catchy! He epitomizes what true blues means. "Layin' Down The Line" has it all going on. Brilliant production, excellent choices in songs, exceptional vocals and instrumentation. A must have for your music library!! Congratulations Benny Ferander on this marvelous example of what blues should sound like. Grab your copy today!

That's just how I see it
Shashona McCall
Indie Showcase
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