As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell." And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, "[his] voice is not of this world."
Ottewell released his first solo album "Shapes & Shadows" (ATO) in 2011, featuring such beautiful acoustic tunes as "Blackbird," "Shapes and Shadows" and "Take This Beach," which appeared on FX's "Sons of Anarchy". Since then, Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful solo tours across the UK, US and Australia.
On his newest record, "Rattlebag," Ottewell once again collaborated with childhood friend and his "Shapes & Shadows" writing partner Sam Genders, previously of Tunng. "Sam and I grew up together in a little village called Bonsall in Derbyshire and have been friends since childhood. I love his songwriting -- the stuff he did with his bands Tunng and The Accidental, particularly lyrically."
Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, "Rattlebag" is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell's infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along.
"There's a time and place for us / I will take you there," he sings ("Shoreline"). Ben Ottewell proffers hope and promise accompanied by sublime acoustic and slide guitars, and that's something we can all use.
After a highly successful US tour in June, Ben is excited to announce "Rattlebag" will be officially released via The End Records in North America on October 27th 2014.