Benmont Tench - You Should Be So Lucky

Debut solo set from the unsung Heartbreaker

Apart from high-profile guitarist
Mike Campbell, keyboard
player Tench has been the only
constant in Tom Petty’s
Heartbreakers, while also
finding time to record and/or
tour with such luminaries as
Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The
Rolling Stones and Elvis
Costello. A sideman
extraordinaire, undoubtedly, but
You Should Be So Lucky finds
him wearing the spotlight well.

Yet while it’s cheering to
hear him finding his own voice
(albeit not an especially strong
one) on a set of self-penned
songs amassed over three or
more decades, it’s clear that
Tench has learned from the
great and the good. The
languid country-rock of Today
I Took Your Picture Down
recalls the sorrowful poetry of
Warren Zevon, Blonde Girl In
A Blue Dress echoes with the
elegance of late 60s Dylan,
while Like The Sun lifts from
the same well-thumbed Byrds
songbook on which Petty built
his early career.

Producer Glyn Johns
captures a laconic, organic vibe
throughout, aided by such top-notch
players as Ryan Adams,
Gillian Welch and David
Rawlings, on an album that
oozes good taste and effortless
class. Tench remains much in
demand to embellish the
records of others, but let’s
hope it’s not too long before he
gets around to making another
of his own. 

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Blue Note | cat no tbc

Reviewed by Terry Staunton
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