Benyaro is the indie roots project of Ben Musser. The seclusive Jackson Hole, WY musician has worked with such artists as Gary Clarke Jr., Brett Dennen and Shovels & Rope, but on September 8th he will strike out with his third original full-length album, One Step Ahead of Your Past. The LP was co-produced with Danny Kadar (The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses) and recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Ben Musser’s home studio in Wyoming.
One Step Ahead of Your Past finds Musser’s musing on his marriage and voyage into fatherhood, or in his own words, “a deeply personal collection of tunes from a period in which I became a husband and a father.” In typical Benyaro fashion, the album is filled with musical and lyrical hooks with Musser using songs to explore the profound, vibrant, and mundane with humility and humor, acting both as mirror and prism of a life once out of site.
To pull off the album’s “punk-Americana”sound Musser enlisted the help of his longtime tour mate, upright bassist Leif Routman. Benyaro takes the emotional roller coaster of life’s highs and lows and weaves these experiences into songs that speak cutting truths about life. Evolving from drummer and guitarist for other bands to composer and lead vocalist of his own project, Musser has always trusted his instincts. Escaping to Jackson Hole from the fray of major music industry hubs that he found were spinning out generic sounds, Musser gleaned inspiration from his new surroundings and a growing circle of contemporary artist friends to develop an authentic, unique voice and compose cinematic soundscapes that speak to contemporary culture and the intimacies of life.
Today Glide Magazine is premiering the song “Time’s Not On Your Side”. It’s a triumphant piano rocker with a touch of humor and plenty of worldly advice from Musser.
“TNOYS is a brutally honest song to my young son, with some advice I wish I had received growing up. We (mother, aunt, nieces, as well) want to pass on the message; time’s not on your side. Don’t waste time, follow your dreams until you can’t, and ultimately value the precious time you have with your loved ones (reprise). The clock is ticking…”
Benyaro will release One Step Ahead of Your Past on September 8th. For more music and info visit benyaro.com.