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Cartoon by Jeff Moores
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Swatting the Flies
‘Swatting the Flies’ is my second full-length album and I’m really excited about it. It’s got Cajun flair, banjo brilliance, and lyrics worth thinking about. Here’s a snippet from the liner notes:
“Let these songs help you focus on the good stuff. The ancient stuff – the cosmos and your body’s relation to it. Maybe while hiking or cooking or yoga or eye contact with your dog. Each song on here I wish could be the last song. They’re all last songs. Remember that as you listen … We weren’t ready for the Industrial Revolution. And we’re not ready for the Tech Revolution either. Our minds are turning to mush and our view of the stars is fading. The distractions we get peddled are the flies we gotta swat. I don’t have any answers, all I know is that it’ll take a really big fly swatter.”
” ‘Swatting the Flies’ sounds … more soul-weary and introspective — no surprise given the events of the past two years. And so Benny Bleu attempts to give listeners the musical antidote. ” — Daniel J. Kushner, Rochester CITY Newspaper
“Swatting the Flies takes me right back to my days growing up on the farm. Great groove for one of my favorite things- “contemplating the infinite”!“
“Laid back modern old time music, done just the way only Benny Bleu can deu.“
My first album is half old-time and country favorites and half original songs which focus on compassion towards those facing homelessness, addiction, and loneliness. Old-timey fiddle and banjo blended with subtle drums and electric lap steel forge an earthy yet atmospheric palette, always focused on the feel.
“Easygoing pluck-and-twang” — Frank DeBlase, Rochester CITY Newspaper
“His original songs don’t shy away from difficult topics – like loneliness, addiction, and just being different – and they also draw you in, with interesting characters and reflections on time and place.” — Janice Hanson, Golden Link Folk Singing Society
“Creating a sound that truly reflects the Appalachian Mountain Range through folk music” — Dan Gross, Rochester Indie Musician Spotlight
“The songs are so… real. They’re not trying too hard.” — Scott Regan, WRUR
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Weekly posts on my YouTube page featuring videos of original songs, covers, and banjo & fiddle tunes.