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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at Orpheum Theatre (September 19, 2018)
Venue: Orpheum Theatre (Memphis, TN, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at Newport Music Hall (September 20, 2018)
Venue: Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at 20 Monroe Live (September 21, 2018)
Venue: 20 Monroe Live (Grand Rapids, MI, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at St. Andrew's Hall (September 22, 2018)
Venue: St. Andrew's Hall (Detroit, MI, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at PlayStation Theater (September 26, 2018)
Venue: PlayStation Theater (New York, NY, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at Warner Theatre (September 27, 2018)
Venue: Warner Theatre (Washington, DC, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at House of Blues (September 28, 2018)
Venue: House of Blues (Boston, MA, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at Fillmore Philadelphia (September 29, 2018)
Venue: Fillmore Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA, US) Find tickets
OCT
04
Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Chicago Theatre (October 4, 2018)
Venue: Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL, US) Find tickets
OCT
05
Ben Rector and The Band Camino at State Theatre (October 5, 2018)
Venue: State Theatre (Minneapolis, MN, US) Find tickets
OCT
06
Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Old National Centre (October 6, 2018)
Venue: Old National Centre (Indianapolis, IN, US) Find tickets
OCT
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Pabst Theatre (October 7, 2018)
Venue: Pabst Theatre (Milwaukee, WI, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Ryman Auditorium (October 19, 2018)
Venue: Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Ryman Auditorium (October 20, 2018)
Venue: Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Ryman Auditorium (October 21, 2018)
Venue: Ryman Auditorium (Nashville, TN, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector at The Mill & Mine (October 25, 2018)
Venue: The Mill & Mine (Knoxville, TN, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at The Mill & Mine (October 26, 2018)
Venue: The Mill & Mine (Knoxville, TN, US) Find tickets
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27
Ben Rector and The Band Camino at The Fillmore Charlotte (October 27, 2018)
Venue: The Fillmore Charlotte (Charlotte, NC, US) Find tickets
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28
Ben Rector and The Band Camino at The Ritz (October 28, 2018)
Venue: The Ritz (Raleigh, NC, US) Find tickets
NOV
01
Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Alabama Theatre (November 1, 2018)
Venue: Alabama Theatre (Birmingham, AL, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at House of Blues (November 2, 2018)
Venue: House of Blues (Lake Buena Vista, FL, US) Find tickets
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03
Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Coca-Cola Roxy (November 3, 2018)
Venue: Coca-Cola Roxy (Atlanta, GA, US) Find tickets
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05
Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Peace Center for the Performing Arts (November 5, 2018)
Venue: Peace Center for the Performing Arts (Greenville, SC, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Uptown Theater (November 8, 2018)
Venue: Uptown Theater (Kansas City, MO, US) Find tickets
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09
Ben Rector and The Band Camino at The Pageant (November 9, 2018)
Venue: The Pageant (St Louis, MO, US) Find tickets
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10
Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Brady Theater (November 10, 2018)
Venue: Brady Theater (Tulsa, OK, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector and The Band Camino at Revention Music Center (November 15, 2018)
Venue: Revention Music Center (Houston, TX, US) Find tickets
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Ben Rector with The Band Camino at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (November 16, 2018)
Venue: Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (Austin, TX, US) Find tickets
Ben Rector Aug 17, 2018
My good friend and bandmate Cory Wong released a new record today! As evidenced in this video, I played some keys on this song. Cory is the man and you should check it out!
Ben Rector Jul 30, 2018
Caught up with Jim Ryan in NYC to talk 'Magic' and play a few songs. Listen to it TODAY on SiriusXM The Pulse at 2pm PT/5pm ET.
Ben Rector Jul 24, 2018
3 wood stinger, knocking my brother in law off a paddleboard at 235 yards (according to my rangefinder). What’s more impressive is that he caught it.
Ben Rector Jul 13, 2018
The 3rd night at the Ryman Auditorium is ON SALE NOW!!! Genuinely can’t believe it. Go grab those tickets! https://www.ryman.com/events/ben-rector-101918/
Ben Rector Jul 09, 2018
Friends, you sold out the first two Ryman Auditorium shows, so they’ve added a third!!! Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am! This is ridiculous.
Ben Rector Jul 04, 2018
Extraordinary Magic- A talented friend of mine, Ben Shive, sent me a voice memo of this song and asked about my interest in singing it for TV/film licensing. I'm not pitched songs almost ever, as I write all of my music, but it so perfectly captured my feelings watching Jane come into the world. He was originally singing 'I see it, I see it, I swear I do I see the most ordinary magic in you'. I love the sentiment of ordinary things being beautiful, but the song sounded so magical to me that I thought 'Extraordinary Magic' better captured the sentiment, and I loved the way it sang, with a kind of musical (like a Broadway Musical) separation of the word 'extraordinary'. I made a few more minor changes here and there, but I can take very little credit for this one. Pro tips: -Recording this song was a challenge, and it took 3 tries to get it right. I knew I wanted the soft, close piano sound that you only get recording on an upright with a felt practice pad. The problem with this is that I can't usually sing and play at the same time, the piano is so quiet that my voice would always distort the piano mics. I tried recording them separately, but playing to a click removed all the cinema. So, I had my friend Cody Fry learn the piano part, and we did the take on the record live, in the same room, with me singing behind some baffling. This is risky, as you don't have much ability to edit or tune a vocal that's not to a click and is coming through other mics, but I felt like it was the right way to capture the song, and I think the human push and pull from section to section is what brings it to life. -It was recorded on the same piano I've used on every record so far in some form, from 'When a Heart Breaks' and 'White Dress' to '30,000 Feet' and 'The Men That Drive Me Places'. It's in Norman, OK at Blackwatch Studios.
Ben Rector Jul 02, 2018
About a month ago, Spotify & Bumble invited a few of my top streamers in Nashville to a Secret Show. It was hot, it was in an antique store, and it was a great time. #spotifyfansfirst
Ben Rector Jun 30, 2018
Shoutout to USA TODAY for publishing my playlist in today’s paper! Go pick up a hard copy or check out the link!
Ben Rector Jun 27, 2018
Got to stop by Paste Magazine's office in NYC to play a couple songs. Check it out!
Ben Rector Jun 23, 2018
'MAGIC’ IS OUT NOW!!! Get it here: https://benrector.lnk.to/magic
Ben Rector Jun 22, 2018
‘MAGIC’ is out TODAY!!!!!!! I have a tradition of going to Fido on release morning and getting a chocolate chip cookie and coffee. I ended up going to bed early last night and I hadn’t seen any social media stuff until I got to Fido, and as i opened up my computer I was genuinely blown away by how many of you stayed up until midnight and listened to the record. Pictures and videos of people in cars listening to it front to back, screenshots of text messages ranking favorite songs, people talking about going into work late so they could finish the record. I’m so grateful that you’ve allowed my music to be some small part of your lives, and am honored that it’s something you’d look forward to and make time for. Thanks for listening, and I’ll see you on the road this fall!
Ben Rector Jun 22, 2018
‘MAGIC’ COMES OUT TOMORROW!!! (Really it comes out at 11:30-midnightish if you feel like staying up but it will also be there tomorrow)
Ben Rector Jun 21, 2018
MAGIC IS OUT ON FRIDAY!!! I'm all for nostalgia, but one thing I really like about 'Kids' is that instead of only dwelling on the past, it also zooms out enough to see that at some point, you'll look back on where you're at now and miss it, and that that cycle will keep repeating forever. As easy as it is to look forward to something or to remember the good parts off what's come and gone, I think there's a lot to love about the present, it can just be a little harder to see. Pro tips: -Thought it would be fitting to actually have a chorus of kids sing the hook on the turnarounds, and it's actually Tony Hoffer's (produced and mixed this song) daughter and her friends. -The ‘you and me’ in the first chorus sounds like a kid but it is me pitch shifted up way, way high -In the same vein as 'Old Friends' I wanted to put a little bit of non musical audio in to give the song another dimension, so Marc Scibilia (cowriter on the song) found some clips of kids on a playground and we put it in the first chorus and post bridge. -The turnarounds were brought to life by Aaron Sterling, right before heading out, he layered all the percussion bits you hear, one pass of each. We didn't edit anything, and it sounds sick.
Ben Rector Jun 15, 2018
GO GET THOSE TICKETS!!!! (Unless you live in nashville, then you can get them tomorrow at noon) https://www.benrectormusic.com/tour
Ben Rector Jun 15, 2018
Get those tickets, folks. 10 a.m.
Ben Rector Jun 11, 2018
MAGIC: THE TOUR. Tickets on sale Friday. The Band Camino opens. LET’S DO THIS!!!
Ben Rector Jun 09, 2018
'Old Friends' (official video)
Ben Rector Jun 08, 2018
Filmed in my parents’ garage in Tulsa, OK, starring my high school band, I give you the official music video for ‘Old Friends’.
Ben Rector Jun 07, 2018
'Old Friends' music video THIS FRIDAY
Ben Rector Jun 01, 2018
I am proud of these songs and you should listen to them. https://benrector.lnk.to/magic
Ben Rector Jun 01, 2018
If you thought I was afraid to write a song that references Art Garfunkel, Uncle Jesse, Joey and Chandler from friends, Paul Mccartney, John Lennon, Beyonce, Jay Z, and Kanye, you thought wrong. It is called Duo and it is honestly pretty sick. I have a soft spot for songs like this because I think it's easy as an artist to take yourself too seriously. Compared to how present humor is in other forms of art and entertainment (tv shows, movies, books) it's often absent in pop music. Even a dramatic movie or show will have funny moments. I think artists leave it out or don't go there because we're worried it will somehow lessen what we're doing or make it less artistically credible, but I think anything that is excellent is art, even if it's fun. PRO TIPS: 1. To make the choruses and turnarounds pop a little more, we needed to give the snare an extra boost. After some searching (and wanting to make sure the track didn't get overproduced or weighed down) what worked best was recording me whispering 'kah' into the microphone. We put it over every 4th snare in the choruses and every snare in the turnarounds. It's something you'd probably never notice but it gives the beat just a tiny layer of extra motion and dimension, and gives the track a lift without overcrowding it (especially in the turnaround). 2. Because the lyric was riding the line of being cheesy, I felt strongly that the track needed to have an edge, to feel clever/lean/a little sarcastic. Because of that, a lot of the tricks you'd use to make the chorus work (huge guitars! more stuff! wall of sound!) were off the table. We initially had the synth bass doing long notes, shaping the chord changes, and the chorus wasn't lifting, it felt heavy and empty. It felt like we weren't going to pull off the song without adding a bunch more stuff, which I really wanted to avoid. I went back to the hotel with the recording and realized that instead of trying to get the chorus to drop and feel big, we needed to make it lighter and let it fly. I came in the next day and retracked the synth bass with the approach you hear and the chorus bloomed. 3. In the second verse (which you'll be able to hear Friday) the lines after the Lennon and Mccartney reference are all Beatles songs/lines, and we snuck a mellotron in to tip the cap a little more. Written be David Hodges, Gabe Dixon, and me
Ben Rector May 31, 2018
DRIVE. 6/1. FRIDAY I had a recurring thought while I was on the road during Brand New that as far away from home as I was, the pavement that I was on (whether it was a road or a parking lot or an alley behind a venue) was connected to my driveway. That if you could shoot an electric current through the road like a wire that it could light up the front porch light at my house. That thought always made me feel a little less far away, like I was still in the same world as my wife and friends back home. When we started working on Drive, I wanted to try to work that image into the song because it was something I hadn't heard before. PRO TIPS: 1. The vocals on the song are all from the writing session/demo, but while it was in the mixing process, a few sections were falling flat to me vocally. A normal person would chalk it up to being tired of listening to the song, but because I'm nuts I went back in to the studio to re-record a few small sections (verse 2b, the ad lib stuff in the later choruses, and the words 'let's drive' at the end of chorus 2). I can get lost at the end of the recording process because nothing feels good enough to me and I'm the one making the call on when it's finished. It gets hard to know if you are making something better or worse by tinkering with it. Some of those sections didn't matter much, but I think the ad libs in the last double chorus and the high note at the end really help to make the end of the song a high point. 2. The opening drum fill of the song is a version of something Aaron Sterling did noodling around between the first couple takes (I think he was getting a feel for navigating the eight (8) concert toms that he brought (see: Ludwig Octaplus)). It sounded like a cross between ‘Higher Love’ and the beginning of some iconic 80’s movie with boats and police. It was so striking, I felt like it would be the perfect way to start the song. In typical fashion, I think the actual fill in the song was his first or second pass at that idea. 3. I take a guitar solo at the end of the song and it is hilarious. Written by Jeff Pardo and me
Ben Rector May 29, 2018
I wrote Old Friends after a conversation with my mom about keeping up with my best friend from high school. It's a song I felt strongly about but wrestled with at a few stages. I rewrote the second verse many, many times, and had trouble getting the song where I wanted it in the studio. The chord changes initially were quick and similar in a lot of sections which made it hard to build momentum. I try not to get stuck tweaking a song that isn't working (I'd rather just go write a song that doesn't need fixing) but the sentiment and the heart of this one kept me tinkering with it and I'm glad I did. PRO TIPS: 1. I wanted to put a bike sound on the song, discussed it with John Fields, I went to the restroom and when I was back he'd found one that fit perfectly. It's hard to hear, but before the bike was in I played a 1/16th note thing on the piano that the chime matches perfectly. It's also in the key of the song. 2. I recorded this song three times. After the second try I thought it would be best to actually write a piano part to glue the song together and change the chords some. I came up with what you hear, the drone on the 1 (if you're a music person and have listened to me songs you've probably noticed I do that a lot) and ended up switching the 5 for a 3m in the chorus. The 3m felt cinematic and right, so I played around with subbing a #5 for the 4 before 'no one knows you like they know you' and the chorus felt done. 3. Aaron Sterling put on and absolute clinic on how to bring momentum to a song and not be too busy. His ghost notes and hat work in the second chorus are really wonderful and worth listening for.
Ben Rector May 29, 2018
I Will Always Be Yours was one of the first songs I wrote for 'Magic'. I walked in to the write and said 'I want to write a power ballad'. My friend Jeff pulled up a plugin he'd just gotten called Piano Centric (a little bit of warble, a little bit of delay, basically like putting an 80's instagram filter on a piano sound) and I started noodling around, and the song came out really quickly. PRO TIPS: 1. The lead vocal and backing vocals are all from the demo, recorded as we wrote the song. 2. Listen to the synth bass slide at the end of the first chorus. That's an old Korg MS-20. Subby synth bass gets tricky (for me at least). Something with a lot of bite ends up feeling too clubby or modern or aggressive, something with a lot of low end and warmth can end up being hard to hear well in a mix. The MS-20 had a great combination of both body and bite. It was a bold flavor and I liked it a lot. 3. The MS-20 sounded so good doing slides that I went ahead and did a double slide in the outro of the song (a bold move, but come on man, listen to that). 4. Steve Stevens absolutely shreds Written by me and Jeff Pardo, produced by Tony Hoffer
Ben Rector May 25, 2018
Just got word Old Friends is on the Spotify United States Viral 50 chart! To be honest I’m not exactly sure what that means but I have heard of the other people on here so I feel like it’s pretty good. Thanks for listening.