Benson's new record...
"[Producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters) is] very strict -- he dictates everything, down to how the kick-drum pattern should go," says [Brendan] Benson, who wasn't used to working with such a heavy-handed producer. "But I was glad. After making records by myself for so long, I wanted somebody to fucking take control."Benson's new record, My Old, Familiar Friend, which comes out Tuesday (August 18th) on ATO Records, is currently streaming on NPR.
As for the Raconteurs, he says the band is on hiatus. "Doing two back-to-back records wasn't our plan," he adds. "When we made Consolers of the Lonely [released in 2008, two years after the band's debut], we thought, 'We'll do this record, do our respective things, and maybe come back together at some point." [Rolling Stone]
His tour kicks off with a show on August 17th (tonight) at the Bowery Ballroom. Sean Bones opens. Tickets are still on sale. All dates below...
Brendan Benson - 2009 Tour Dates
8/17/09 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
8/20/09 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
8/21/09 Late Show With David Letterman
8/22/09 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
8/24/09 Toronto, Ontario @ Mod Club
9/10/09 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
9/11/09 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
9/12/09 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour