Benjamin Teague

by Benjamin Teague

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    Do-it-Yourself Coloring book version with your choice of a watercolor set OR a magic marker set AND Original versions of the cover art are included for your enjoyment. The music is the same instrumental compositions performed unaccompanied on old Mandolins and a Guitar.

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    Instrumental compositions performed unaccompanied on old Mandolins and Guitar. Pressed on black vinyl with a black, white and yellow jacket.

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    Hand painted watercolor, Thief in the Night, by Benjamin Teague. Includes the original artwork with custom plastic sleeve, original printed cover, black vinyl, and black paper sleeve.

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The welcoming, wide-grinning visage that greets the listener upon arrival to the cover of Benjamin Teague's new 45 of solo instrumentals betrays the music within - this is warm mountain music, made by an obviously studied craftsman of the genre.

The A side gives us two tunes on the mandolin. "For Her, Far Away" has a wistful melody that will immediately have you missing someone, or something. "Can't Stop Kate" is lively, suggesting steep mountain roads, and heat from the sun settling over tall grass fields in the late afternoon.

Side B is represented by one tune on guitar; "Thief in the Night" has a melody that will stick with you well after the needle lifts off the record.

Teague's nimble fretwork on either instrument displays a technical proficiency to be sure, but there's no hotdogging (which can sometimes be attendant to the genre) here; these songs, all penned by Teague, are steeped in the soul, spirit and tradition of the mountain music he so obviously loves. He's not wasting any time, either - the longest tune here clocks in at just under two minutes. But the melodies will get you just the same - sounding old and familiar, while undeniably new.

- Mike Ross

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released August 7, 2015

Recorded at The Tempermill in Ferndale, Michigan by Erik Maluchnik. Photo by Scott DuChene

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