Richard Bennett makes records that connect with your most vivid sense-memories; the familiar, the beloved, the lost, the treasured and the beautiful ones past and present. All of that is in the grooves or For The Newly Blue, the latest record from a man who is one of Nashville's most in-demand session musicians and who travels the world playing great music with the best of the best. He has such a rewarding life as a player's player it might seem like he's tapped in to an extra share of good fortune. But you make your own luck, or so it's been said. it takes sweat and soul and hard work to make that kind of life. It takes all that and more to make the kind of music you'll hear on this record.
Like the builders who'd etch a design, a gracing touch on the uppermost ledges of those first early 20th century skyscrapers, Richard puts something into his work that no one else may be able to extract or identify or even know exists. But something about its being there makes the end product complete, better, best. Yes, Richard Bennett is one lucky son of a gun but a spin of For The Newly Blue is all you'll need to know he's giving as good as he gets.
writer for Vintage Guitar Magazine