About Richard Bennett , studio veteran of 40+ years, record producer, longtime Neil Diamond and Mark Knopfler guitarist :
To give a quick resume about the career from Richard Bennett is very difficult. Bennett (born 1951) has played with or produced many records for other artists. For example he produced / worked / played with Al Casey, his mentor (when he died Richard wrote : I'll be flying solo now, but my wings are strong because I learned from the very best, Al Casey. See ya pal, I love you.), Phil Lee , Emmylou Harris , Steve Earl , Waylon Jennings , Neil Diamond , Barbara Streisand , Eddy Duane , Billy Joel , Vince Gill ,Miranda Lambert and many others. We also know Richard as the guitarist in Mark Knopfler’s band . Richard released his fifth solo album called “Contrary Cocktail” in May 2015.
Tracker tour, 2015
Update 11/04/2017 : Richard Bennett with the Neil Diamond band 2017 :
On this page you can find all the info collected during the tour.
Update 20/02/2017 : Richard for Alisson Krauss :
Richard featured on guitar on new Alison Krauss album Windy City, listen here
Update 01/01/2017 : Nick Bennett fansite :
A life-long Nashvillian, Nick's been playing guitar and producing for a few years now.
His guitar playing can be heard on records by RayLand Baxter, Odessa, David Walters and Richard Bennett, among others.
He produced records for Nashville bands, NUDITY and PANGS.
Songs appear on the official Rolling Stones covers album, BMW's first electric car advertisement, the soundtrack for HBO's GIRLS and original programs for Mtv, Esquire, ESPN, etc.
Nick will join Neil Diamond's band in 2017.
There's now a brand new fansite (work in progress) where you can follow Nick , here's the link.
*find the fansite also on Facebook and Twitter*
Update 01/01/2017 : Steve Earle pays tribute to Richard Bennett :
Update 01/01/2017 : Neil Diamond , Under A Tennessee Moon , with RB footage :
Update 22/12/2016 : Richard and Nick Bennett in the Neil Diamond band 2017 :
Richard and his son Nick Bennett will be on Neil’s 50th Anniversary Tour beginning in April. You can find the tourdates here.
Update 17/11/2016 : Richard Bennett at Welcome To 1979 recording studio :
Richard Bennett at Welcome To 1979 recording studio as part of the "Recording Summit 2016 panel" , pictures by Jonathan Pines , find more info about the Recording Summite here and find more info about the studio here .
Update 15/11/2016 : A few pictures from Richard Bennett with Duane Eddy and Colin Bradley :
These pictures , among others, were taken at Sound Emporium studios in Nashville in June 2012, during the first sessions for what was to become the Big E tribute album to Buddy Emmons, which was produced by Steve Fishell.
Thanks to Colin Bradley for sending these pictures.
Update 29/09/2016 : RB for Steve Earle 1986 , New Country :
Update 24/09/2016 : Richard Bennett again on guitar for Neil Diamond :
A new album from Neil Diamond is on his way, "Acoustic Christmas" , again with work from Richard Bennett on guitar .
Find some info here.
Update 05/09/2016 : For German readers, an interview with RB in the September 2016 magazine from Professional Audio :
Update 30/07/2016 : Nashville Cats : salute to Richard Bennett :
The program starts at Sat, Jul 30 2016 8:30 PM CEST and will be streamed live, you can follow here :
An article appeared in Music Row
Pictured (L-R): Back row: Buddy Miller, Bergen White, Duane Eddy, Billy Sanford, Steve Gibson, David Briggs, Michael Rhodes. Front row: moderator Bill Lloyd, musician Nick Bennett, honoree Richard Bennett, musician Sean Weaver, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Abi Tapia.
Update 09/06/2016 : Nashville Cats : salute to Richard Bennett :
Nashville Cats: Salute to Guitarist Richard Bennett Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 01:30pm
"From his early days as a young session guitarist in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Wrecking Crew mainstay Al Casey to his current role as the "other" guitarist in Mark Knopfler's band, Richard Bennett has built a career that has swung wide through pop, rock, and country music history.
He spent most of the 1970s and ’80s playing guitar for Neil Diamond before moving to Nashville and becoming a first-call session guitarist for Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris.
His guitar work can also be heard on albums by the Bellamy Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, George Jones, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, and Travis Tritt, He’s produced hit records for Steve Earle and Marty Stuart and recorded several albums of instrumental music, the latest of which is Contrary Cocktail. The interview will be illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings, and Bennett will perform briefly.
This program takes place in the Museum's Ford Theater and will also be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming. The live stream is powered by NewTek TriCaster. After the program, Bennett will sign Hatch Show Print posters commemorating the day.
Read more: Nashville Cats: Salute to Guitarist Richard Bennett
Update 19/05/2016 : Don't forget "For The Newly Blue" , great album :
Update 19/05/2016 : New song from Pangs, Killing Kind :
Update 16/05/2016 : Saurus new album , Millender Walk :
Released a few days ago , the new Saurus album "'Millender Walk" :
Update 08/05/2016 :Richard recorded for a new artist named Meghan Patrick, Grace & Grit :
Richard recorded for a new artist named Meghan Patrick, produced by Vince Gill, also Derek Wells , Justin Niebank and others , the album is called Grace & Grit and is just released , find more info here :
Update 23/04/2016 :Richard recorded with Dan Dugmore for Sergio Dab :
Last week Richard did a session for his friend and wonderful guitar player Sergio Diab.
He came all the way from Rio De Jeneriero to record in Nashville at The Castle in Franklin, Tennessee.
From left to right: Sergio, Dan Dugmore (who played steel guitar) and Richard :
Update 02/04/2016 :Richard recorded for a duet album from Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin called Colvin & Earle :
Together with Buddy Miller , Chris Wood , Fred Eltringham and Colin Dupuis Richard recorded for a duet album from Steve Earle with Shawn Colvin , release date Spring 2016
You can listen to "You're Right (I'm Wrong)" at rollingstone.com
Update 10/03/2016 : New credits for Richard Bennett :
Richard is credited in two new albums :
Meridian Rising from Paul Burch
Down To My Last Bad Habit from Vince Gill
Update 03/03/2016 : Here's a little clip from a jam for the movie "I Saw The Light" :
Update 01/03/2016 : New release for Pangs : Rubicon :
Nashville band Pangs released a new single today , Rubicon.
You can have a listen here and buy it if you want :
Update 29/02/2016 : Steve Earle's Guitar Town is 30 years :
Steve Earle's "Guitar Town" will be 30 years on March 5, 2016.
It topped the Billboard country album charts, and the title song reached #7 on the country singles charts.
Earle was also nominated for two 1987 Grammy Awards, Best Male Country Vocalist and Best Country Song, for the title track.
The album was recorded in late 1985 and early 1986 in Nashville, Tennessee, at Sound Stage Studio. Overdubs were later recorded at Nashville's Emerald Studios.
It was one of the first country music albums to be recorded digitally, utilizing the state-of-the-art Mitsubishi X-800. Each of the album's ten tracks was either written or co-written by Earle.
Click below to find Richard's role besides being co-producer and playing lead guitar :
Update 22/02/2016 : Another flashback , this time with Cerys Matthews in 2003 :
Update 22/02/2016 : Contrary Cocktail review in Vintage Guitar :
Rick Allen's Contrary Cocktail review in Vintage Guitar .
Update 22/02/2016 : Older Vintage Guitar magazine cover :
Update 21/02/2016 : Older picture's with Richard :
Here are some older picture's from Richard :
1981 Rodney Crowell Session , Richard Bennett, Larrie Londin, Emory Gordy Jr., Albert Lee.
This was original posted here.
Update 20/02/2016 : Interview with Richard Bennett in Grand Guitars 02/2016 :
There's an interview with Richard Bennett for German readers in Grand Guitars magazine edition 2/2016 :
You can find a link to our Facebook page: here
Update 20/02/2016 :Flashback : Richard Bennett Richard Bennett greets Prince Charles and Princess Diana. With Neil Diamond (l) and Ron Tutt (r). London, 1984 :
Update 04/02/2016 : Richard as The Cherry Bombs member in 1982 :
The personnel on these are: Larrie Londin-drums, Hank DeVito-electric and steel guitar, Emory Gordy-bass, Tony Brown-piano and a 31 year old Richard Bennett playing lead electric guitar.
From the Austin City Limits television show :
Update 18/01/2016 : Saurus album teaser , Millender Walk :
Saurus will release his first album soon, it's called Millender Walk and here's a little teaser :
Update 01/01/2016 :Interview with Richard in Guitar Player - Holiday 2015 - Annual :
There's an interview with Richard in Guitar Player - Holiday 2015 - Annual , lots of facts about his latest album "Contrary Cocktail" and other stuff :
Update 08/12/2015 :Richard recorded for David Peterson's "Old Time Power" :
From the David Peterson Bluegrass Gospel Sessions "Old Time Power" .
Left to right - Mark Thornton, Charlie Cushman, David Grisman, Stuart Duncan, David Peterson, Larry Marrs, Richard Bennett and Dennis Crouch.
Update 01/11/2015 : Richard with Mark Knopfler , band and crew , Tracker tour 2015:
Update 30/10/2015 : Richard plays on Heidi Talbot's Christmas single:
Whilst on tour with Mark Knopfler Richard did a little recording session for Heidi Talbot's Christmas single:
Written by Boo Hewerdine produced by John McCusker featuring Richard Bennett, Phil Cunningham, Glen Worf & James Mackintosh. Record studio : hotel room in Atlanta.
Richard's comment : Glenn W. and I did some lampshade recording in the afternoon with John McCusker producing a Christmas song for Heidi Talbot.
We both overdubbed on the basic track with Mike McGoldrick engineering. The reason I call it lampshade recording is that’s Mike’s method for position a microphone.
Every hotel room has a free standing lamp and Mike loops the mic cord around the lampshade frame, positions it in front of the instrument and it’s a done deal.
The song was beautiful and sounded even better when we’d finished.
You can listen to the song here :
Update 24/09/2015 : Richard Bennett with his new John Page guitar, the Ashburn design:
Just before sound check at Pittsburg Pennsylvania 13 October, 2015 both Mark Knopfler and Richard were introduced to a new guitar line designed by John Page who worked for Fender for many years and started their custom shop back in the 1980s. After John left Fender he began building beautiful custom instruments and has recently partnered with Howard Swimmer to design and manufacture John Page Classics… a custom-production guitar. Howard brought two guitars that Mark and Richard played and they took to them straight away. The look, quality, feel and sound are all immediately evident. Check these instruments out, and by the way, you won’t believe how downright affordable they are: John Page guitars
Update 24/09/2015 : A David Kerns interview with Mark Knopfler's band:
The Mark Knopfler "Tracker tour" is now in the U.S. Here's a beautiful Richard Bennett picture from David Kerns .
David did an interview with a few Mark Knopfler bandmembers, you can find the interview here .
Update 28/08/2015 : Spooner Oldham re-issue "Pot Luck" :
Here’s an ancient piece of trivia that’s just been re-issued. Something Richard played on in 1971… Spooner Oldham’s “Pot Luck”.
You can find here some fine info.
Update 15/08/2015 : Richard Bennett has now his own signature model pedalboard the RB - Deluxe Plus :
Richard has now his own signature model pedalboard the RB - Deluxe Plus
made by BENADO EFFECTS :
Update 30/06/2015 : Nashville band Nudity turns into Pangs :
Nashville band Nudity turns into Pangs and just released two new songs ,
you can find an interview with Michelle from Pangs here and you can listen to the songs on their Bandcamp page here or here :
Update 25/04/2015 : Richard's new album Contrary Cocktail is released :
Richard's new album named Contrary Cocktail is released, you can order it here .
You can listen to excerpts here and here and you can find comments from Richard here .