Indie acoustic soul and roots duo Benyaro will release The Cover EP, a small collection
of cover songs, on July 24, 2012.
Recorded in a cabin at the base of The Tetons in Jackson Hole, WY during the spring of
2012, the EP will feature completely acoustic arrangements of songs written and/or
performed by the late Sam Cooke, the late Etta James, Moby, Procol Harum, the late Blaze
Foley and The Coasters. The EP pays tribute to “some of the greatest performers and songs
of our time who have deeply influenced who we are as musicians,” according to Benyaro lead
singer and guitarist, Ben Musser. “We hope the EP will reinvigorate the lives of some great
songs and in some cases, reintroduce songs that, for whatever reason, slipped through the
cracks, back when… I think the public will take to the collection because it spans across
the genres of soul, R&B, classic rock, country and even ambient electronica. We unleashed
Benyaro’s energy, passion and arrangement capabilities onto the songs and we’re very proud
of what we came up with.”
If you are a fan of music of the past, prepare yourself for a fully acoustic experience
that showcases the strong, rich voice of Ben Musser and up-and-coming voice of Bobby
McCullough who steps into supporting roles on such classics as Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On
Home To Me” and The Coasters’ “What About Us,” seamlessly.
There are no guest musicians as Musser and McCullough play all the instruments on the
album, from nylon, steel and 12-string acoustic guitars to voice, string bass, piano, toy
piano, drums, percussion and harmonica.
The 3rd and only other creative mind involved in the music of The Cover EP was Sonny
Ratcliff, of Brooklyn, NY, who added his mixing and sound engineering and arranging skills.
The trio of Musser, McCullough and Ratcliff produces a powerful creative team who further
push the boundaries of acoustic music with this collection of songs.
The album drops July 24 when Benyaro kicks off its Summer EP Release Tour in Boise, ID
followed by 5 weeks of tour dates across the Rocky Mountains, Northern California, and
Pacific Northwest supporting Langhorne Slim & The Law, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers for 3
nights, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, among others. During
the tour, Team Clermont (R.E.M., The Avett Brothers, Wilco) will promote The Cover EP to
Head to Benyaro.com to see the tour schedule and find out where you can catch an EP Release
show this summer.