When an ocean separates the two halves of your whole, it's worthy of contemplation. For Irish-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ben Glover, that consideration comes in the form of his new album, The Emigrant, which folds his two worlds into one.
Co-produced by Glover and Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as Glover addresses the universal theme and personal challenge that is immigration. Though that hot topic lies at the heart of this pseudo-concept album, The Emigrant also concerns itself with how we deal with change, loss, and hope, as well as how we ultimately survive when faced with the trials and tribulations of life.
Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years?
I’m originally from Glenarm in County Antrim, it’s a small costal village on the north coast of Ireland. For the last seven years though I’ve been living in Nashville where I’ve been making records and writing songs with lots of different artists. Thankfully I get back to tour in the UK and Europe regularly. I’ve just made my sixth album, The Emigrant, and signed to Proper Records.
How would you describe your music?
File under songs that don’t hesitate to wander into the more contemplative subjects with musical hints of folk, celtic soul and Americana.
Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
Nothing too surprising - Dylan, Cohen, Cash, Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Hank Wiliams, Neil Young and Irish folk music.
What are you currently promoting?
My new record, The Emigrant, is released on Proper Records on 30th September. I’m also spreading the word about my upcoming UK tour with Brandy Clark which kicks off on 20th September.
Have you got a particular song you've done that you're particularly proud of, one that might define you?
I’m not sure that I’d say that this song defines me but I am very proud of the song Blackbirds. I co-wrote it with Gretchen Peters and it won International Song Of The Year at the 2016 UK Americana Awards.
What are you currently listening to?
I’ve been listening to Mickey Newbury over the past few days but honestly most of the time recently my ears are on podcasts more so than music.
And your favourite album of all time, the one you couldn't do without?
There’s a few contenders for that but I’m going to go for Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks.’
What are your hopes for your future career?
I’d be very grateful if the future allows me to keep on doing what I’m doing - writing songs, collaborating with great artists, making albums and touring.
If money were no object what would be your dream project?
It would be pretty cool to make a live album at the Ryman in Nashville. Or if the Traveling Wilbury’s planned on doing a reunion album and tour and I got an invite to be Paddy Wilbury I wouldn’t have to consider my reply for more than a second.
What's the best thing about being a musician?
Without a doubt it’s being able to get up everyday and do the thing that I love doing the most. On top of that I get to work with incredibly creative people and am able to experience parts of the world that I probably would never have been able to if it weren’t for the music.
And the worst?
Being away from family when touring. That aspect of it doesn’t get any easier.
Finally, have you anything you'd like to say to the readers of Americana UK?
If it weren’t for fine people like those who support Americana UK so much new music and non-mainstream artists wouldn’t be heard or have careers, so honestly all I can say to the readers is a massive thank you.
- Artist Website http://www.benglover.co.uk/