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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.


Find Richard also here :

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Update 01/01/2017

Richard will be in Neil Diamond's band for the 50th Anniversary Tour beginning in April 2017.
You can find Richard's Notes From The Road here :
Tracker tour, 2015


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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 :

Here are 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.
Credits poster : Hatch Show Print



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
Here's a fine review that really captures what the record is about in Vents Magazine.
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
and
Down To My Last Bad Habit from Vince Gill

Excited that my new album is available everywhere now! Download your copy and let me know what you think! umgn.us/d2mlbh

Geplaatst door Vince Gill op donderdag 11 februari 2016



Update 03/03/2016 : Here's a little clip from a jam for the movie "I Saw The Light" :

A little jam for the "I Saw The Light Movie" :Chris Scruggs (steel), Ray Kennedy, Richard Bennett (guitar), Rodney...

Geplaatst door Richard Bennett fansite op donderdag 3 maart 2016



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 :

Find the lyrics here . Find Pangs also here :




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 :
American Songwriter.
CMT.COM.


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 :

Find Pangs also 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 .




Update 23/05/2015 : Richard played the guitar for Iris DeMent : ‘The Trackless Woods’

This August DeMent will follow up 2012’s ‘Songs of the Delta’ with her loving tribute to 20th century Russian poet and activist Anna Akhmatova.
Iris was gathering musicians and friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle),
to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over a five-day period.
You can find more info here and here .
There's also an interview in Oxford American ,it's a very well regarded literary and music magazine.




Update 06/03/2015 : Richard plays on Lee Ann Womack's : Trouble In Mind Limited 3-Song Vinyl

Richard plays on Lee Ann Womack's : Trouble In Mind Limited 3-Song Vinyl , find more info here .
Update 10/04/2015 : Richard played live for Lee Ann Womack :
Richard played with Lee Ann Womack sings of sin, salvation at City Winery :

Photo: John Partipilo / The Tennessean


Update 26/01/2015 : Richard Bennett's new album named "Contrary Cocktail" will be out the middle of April :

Message from Richard :

"I've been busy since the top of the year recording and tying up loose
ends for my new record. The collection, called Contrary Cocktail,
will be out the middle of April. The record is an eclectic mix of
things... really a snap shot of what I've been thinking about and
writing over the last couple of years. I've recorded this album with
my pal Brad Jones engineering and co-producing at his studio Alex The
Great. Yes, that's the name of the studio and I've never asked why!
This record is different in many ways and I couldn't be happier with
how it's turned out."
Richard (26/01/2015)


Update 22/10/2014 : Richard on Neil Diamond's new album, Melody Road :
Earlier this year Richard was reunited with Neil Diamond,
Richard participated on Neil's new album Melody Road,
this album will be available on October 21.
Here's a note from Richard Bennett about the recording:

I headed Los Angeles last March to do some recording with my old pal and ex-boss Neil Diamond.
I ended up playing on two albums that were being recorded simultaneously, the first, Melody Road has just been released.
It had been nearly 20 years since I last shared a studio floor with Neil, though we'd seen each other several time in that gap.
It was a great week recording and being with him, very comfortable playing on his songs again after all this time.
He's a good man and I learned so much from Neil in those 17 years I was hanging around there.


It was an honour and joy to play music again with him.


Richard Bennett-21 October 2014


You can listen here to "The Art Of Love" :




Update 15/09/2014 : Richard is working on the soundtrack for the movie I Saw The Light, a biopic about Hank Williams :
Together with Rodney Crowell and Tom Hiddleston is Richard working on
the soundtrack for the movie I Saw The Light , a biopic about Hank Williams.
Recording soundtrack to upcoming Hank Williams biopic - I Saw the Light - (back l-r) Michael Rinne/bass, Tom Hiddleston/Hank, Chris Scruggs /steel guitar (front l-r) Wes Langlois/guitar, Stuart Duncan/ fiddle, Richard Bennett/guitar




Update 15/09/2014 : Richard in the house band to take part in a big tribute show to honour The Everly Brothers :
Richard will be in the houseband to take part in a big tribute show to honour The Everly Brothers, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, find here more info.


Update 26/10/2014:
You can find picture's from Richard at the gig here
You can find a gig review here
You can find Bye Bye Love here

Update 24/10/2013: We did an interview with Tom Calcaterra, Richard's guitar tech with Mark Knopfler:
Behind every great guitarist there’s a great guitar technician. The guitar technician doesn’t just know how to play and tune the instrument, they know it inside out. They understand the materials, the construction and how it all fits together. This is an interview with Tom Calcaterra, Tom works as a guitar tech on the road since many years for different bands and acts and was so nice to answer our questions about his work, life on the road and his experiences. Tom is Richard Bennett’s guitar tech when he’s on the road with Mark Knopfler. You can find the interview here


Update 29/05/2013 : Richard on the album The Big E, a tribute to Buddy Emmons :

Richard is proud that he is amongst the musicians that recorded for a tribute album for steel gitarist Buddy Emmons called The Big E.
Sessions included Duane Eddy, Dan Dugmore, Spooner Oldham and many more famous artists, the album is available from August 2013 .
Richard plays the acoustic guitar on the tracks "Blue Jade" , "When Your House is not A Home" and the bonus track "Mansion On The Hill"


Left to right Spooner Oldham, Duane Eddy, Dan Dugmore, Greg Morrow, Richard Bennett and Mike Brignardello. More legends than a road map at the Sound Emporium in June, 2012 for the The Big E sessions. The band tracked "Blue Jade," "Mansion On A Hill," and "When A House Is Not A Home," all in THREE hours!!!

Click on this link and enlarge the article in Vintage Guitar to read it:


Update 01/04/2013 : Richard's latest album "For The Newly Blue" is released today:
For The Newly Blue , release 2013:

Tracklist :
1. Your New Blue World
2. Until My Baby Went Away
3. Nashville Nocturne
4. Roustabout
5. A Parting Glance
6. Skin Of Gold
7. Port O'Call
8. Softly Come September
9. Blu-Bam-Bu
10.First In No One's Heart
11.Russe Roulette
12.Velvet Rain

You can listen to some excerpts on Richard's site : "click here"
Also beautiful is the behind the record page :"click here"
You can order the cd at CD BABY : "order here"
We did an interview with Richard about his latest album "For The Newly Blue" , you can read it here .


You can also listen to the excerpts here :


You can find some thoughts from Richard about the new album "here".


Update 17/11/2012 : Richard with Karen and Steve Hunter :
This is Karen and Steve Hunter's tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford. Recorded in their studio in Nashville, 2012 , produced, arranged and played by Steve, sung by Karen. Written by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston. They wish to thank Richard Bennett for his killer rhythm on the left side. The guitar Karen photographed for this video is Steve's Gretsch Archtop Synchromatic and the microphone is a Miktek C7 FET.


Karen and Steve Hunter - Just One More Chance



Update 08/05/2012 : Richard appears in Kent Hartman's book : The Wrecking Crew .

Kent Hartman has written a book about The Wrecking Crew, The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best Kept Secret .
The Wrecking Crew was a group of elite session musicians in Los Angeles, California, who earned wide acclaim in the 1960s. They backed dozens of popular singers, and were one of the most successful groups of studio musicians in music history.


After their Wrecking Crew period Richard played with all of them and thats the reason why Richard's photo is in the book .
If you like background stories buy this great book.

Many thanks to Richard and Kent Hartman
for sending me this picture.

Update 28/03/2012 : Earl Scruggs, Country Music Hall of Famer and bluegrass innovator, dies at age 88 .

It's always sad when a great musician passes. Some, like Earl Scruggs, go beyond merely playing well, they completely transform and revolutionise their instrument. Charlie Parker was one. Chet Atkins was another. And so was Earl Scruggs. When guys like that say good-bye they leave a hole in the world that can never be filled or healed.

Richard Bennett 03/04/2012


Here's a photo from the Grand Old Opry in 1999 on Mr. Scruggs' 75th birthday. I was playing the Opry with Marty Stuart, Scruggs was a guest on his part of the program and shared our dressing room. He was very subdued backstage and somewhat disengaged. Marty asked him if he was alright and Earl said, "I'm saving it for the show." He certainly was. When he was introduced he strode onstage like a man 50 years younger and played the house down.


Richard Bennett 03/04/2012

You can find info written by Peter Cooper in The Tennessean here and here


3 comments:

Roland Dent Sn UK said...

I regard Richard as a journeyman musician. He just does his job, no fancy frills or ego trips. We have some good guitar players in the UK but the N American musicians just have something. The best way to describe it is using the analogy of a milk shake. All the "itsy bitsy" parts meld into one finsihed piece of fluid sound art.

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