Ben’s debut full length album Wooden is set to be released worldwide on January 13th, 2017.
Showing a noticeable shift in Ben’s music from straightforward jam-rock, Wooden is a string-fueled Americana exploration with shades of jazz, rock, and soul. Produced by renowned fiddler/mandolin player Ross Holmes (Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Warren Haynes and The Ashes and Dust Band, formerly Mumford and Sons) at The Bomb Shelter in East Nashville, Tennessee, the album features nine new original songs by Ben and an ambitious cover of “Things Happen” by southern California rock band Dawes off their 2015 album All Your Favorite Bands.
Featuring many of Nashville’s finest session musicians and performers as well as special guests that will be announced closer to the release date, Wooden is as varied as the influences of everybody involved with the record but has a recognizable sound from song to song that is fresh and new.
You can pre-order your CD copy now at bensparaco.com and pre-orders will be available on iTunes and Amazon starting next month.
Photographer Heather Nigro visited The Bomb Shelter during some of the sessions for the new album, taking some incredible pictures. The full album is on Ben’s Facebook page. Each picture has a caption that gives a unique look into the recording process. The release date for Wooden will be announced any day now with pre-order available soon!
After four long days of tracking, overdubbing, and mixing, Ben’s debut full-length record Wooden is nearing completion.
Produced by Ross Holmes (Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers, Warren Haynes, Mumford and Sons), who also lent his talents on fiddle and mandolin, Wooden quickly went from a 6 song acoustic EP in pre-production, to a 10 song, full band record. Engineered by Jon Estes at The Bomb Shelter in East Nashville, Tennessee, the album blurs the lines between folk, bluegrass, rock, funk, classical, and experimental music. Release date, track listing, and a few more very special announcements coming soon. Stay in touch by liking Ben’s Official Facebook Page and following him on instagram @bensparacomusic.
Here is the album cover, designed and photographed by Madalyn Stefanak.
Big thanks to producer Ross Holmes (fiddle/mandolin), Engineer Jon Estes (bass/keyboards), Royal Masat (bass), Sterling Masat (banjo), Taylor Jones (drums), Paige England (vocals), Vickie Vaughn (vocals), and Kai Welch (trumpet).
I’m taking a few weeks off after a solid month of playing with the Ben Sparaco Band and a great tour filling in with Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band. Thanks to all of the great people that came out this summer all across the country and listened to the music and bought the latest EP, “Bring the Jubilee.”
To finish out the year, I’m releasing a new album entitled “Wooden” which will be a compilation of acoustic-based originals and traditional folk and blues songs that don’t fit within the Ben Sparaco Band’s catalog. It will feature a good amount of new originals, special guests, and is set to be released later this winter. “Wooden” is named after David Crosby’s quote on CSNY’s seminal live album “Four Way Street” where he says “We’re going to play some more wooden music for you.”
I’ve been working diligently to put together a Nashville-based lineup of the Ben Sparaco, which is coming together nicely. You can expect a November tour with a new band which will include our scheduled appearance in Lake City, FL at Farm to Family Full Moon Festival on Nov. 10.
Make sure you check out Bring the Jubilee on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, and more! Thanks again for all the support and I’ll see you on the road soon.
“It took only the opening notes of the chugging Allman Brothers Band instrumental “Hot ‘Lanta,” to turn the sweat to satisfaction, as Sparaco, all of 18 years-old, delivered a building and blistering solo reminiscent of modern-day Brother Derek Trucks.”
The Ben Sparaco Band currently has four official releases out and available to purchase. All are available to stream or purchase on the home page of this website. Our entire discography (minus Live at 2016 Wanee Music Festival) is available for a discount price of $5.95 on Bandcamp.
LIVE Vol. 1
A five song compilation of authorized “bootlegs” from the first two Ben Sparaco Band shows in August and September of 2015. Available only on Bandcamp for free! Download here.
LIVE Vol. 2
A five song compilation featuring authorized “bootlegs” from a show in December and select shows from the 2016 Spring Tour including three tracks from Aura Music and Arts Festival. Only $2 on Bandcamp, available here.
Live at 2016 Wanee Music Festival (from munckmix)
An officially mixed and mastered soundboard recording of our full set at Wanee 2016 featuring second guest drummer Jared Zim on all tracks. Available in CD, MP3, or FLAC format for $9.95-$14.95 from Munck Music here.
Bring the Jubilee EP
The Ben Sparaco Band’s debut studio EP of five original songs featuring one live track recorded at the Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery. Physical copies are available under the “merch” tab and at every live show for $5.00. The album can be downloaded for $4.95 at the following outlets and many more. Also available on Spotify.
“The Ben Sparaco Band was up next. I was fortunate to have seen him at AURA and Wanee, where they had tremendous sets. This one was a match. They kicked off with a real hot tune which went through a bunch of changes, first “Machine Gun” (!!), then scat-singing and playing, finally into an Allman Brothers-like vibe, with a superb electric piano solo from the keyboard player. And that was the soundcheck!
The 18-year-old guitarist then blistered “Walk on the Levee,” the first tune on the band’s new EP, Bring the Jubilee. Sparaco’s excellent slide guitar work is reminiscent of Derek Trucks’. The band then played a magnificent cover of John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.” You really need to check this man out. He lives in Tennessee now but grew up in Coral Springs.”