On this Richard Bennett interview, fantastic stories about working with Mark Knopfler, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel and Marty Stuart… the making of his 7th solo LP, Tall Tale Tunes, and how this got put together, why he doesn’t like playing all the instruments on his records, how song ideas come to him. The REAL TRUTH behind how he gets his songs and arrangements to sound so pretty, difference for him being a sideman and playing his own material, most fun he’s ever had playing music, and why it’s “Never going to be as good as it is in your head…” LOADS of fun and laughs, great convo with a first class guy
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Richard Bennett has been a studio and touring guitarist with Mark Knopfler, since 1994… and he spent 17 years & 12 LPs before that in the same role with Neil Diamond.
He’s also produced Neil Diamond, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Jo-El Sonnier, Marty Stuart & others. And here’s a very small sample of the people he’s played with since his first session in 1968: Ringo Starr, Lonnie Donegan, Conway Twitty, Sammy Davis Jr, Johnny Mathis, Roseanne Cash, Ray Price, Waylon Jennings, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, the Four Tops, Barbara Streisand, Chubby Checker, Glen Campbell, Duane Eddy, T-Bone Walker, Billy Joel, Helen Reddy, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, hundreds of others, and about a dozen movie soundtracks including The Wrecking Crew documentary and one of my favorite movies, Westworld
Richard just released his 7th solo instrumental LP, called Tall Tales Tunes. The record’s beautiful with Richard’s finely crafted melodies and arrangements, and his ace guitar playing leading the charge but never overpowering the song.
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