2010 finds Richard Bennett ever in demand for recording sessions, embarking on his 6th world tour with Mark Knopfler and releasing his latest solo album, Valley Of The Sun. Each of the eleven original instrumentals are relentlessly melodic and trace his early years playing music in Phoenix, Arizona...the Valley of the Sun. Packed with the fluidity, style and tone he's know for, Valley Of The Sun is a personal nod to the people, places and things that forged a career now spanning six decades and showing no signs of slowing.
Excerpts from the liner notes:
"January 1960... it was a hell of a winter. We piled into a drafty, black 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible...picked up Route 66 and pointed the Caddy west, the only way that road lead from the Windy City, in search of a new life in
Phoenix, Arizona...the Valley of the Sun. I imagined cowboys shooting it out in the streets, unhitching their horses and riding off into the sunset or maybe the nearest saloon. After several days driving, stopping only to fill 'er up and sleep in the neon bungalow motor courts along the mother road, we arrived. .....These eleven postcards are love letters, distant watery images...mirages of the Valley of the Sun. It was a hell of a Vienna."
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