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You Should Be So Lucky

Benmont Tench

Blue Note 2014

Review by David Bowling


Benmont Tench met Tom Petty at the age of 11. By 1964 they were playing together in a band named The Sundowners. Tench became a founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and has provided the keyboards on every Petty/Heartbreakers album to date.

In addition to his work with Petty, he has been an in-demand session musician. He has played on over 100 albums by a who’s-who of rock and country musicians. Johnny Cash, U2, The Rolling Stones, John Fogerty, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, and Green Day are only a few of the artists that have made use of his keyboard talent.

He has now stepped forward and released the first solo album of his 40 plus year career. He wrote or co-wrote ten of the 12 tracks and they span his life in music.

You Should Be So Lucky is a little different than one would expect from the long-time sidekick of Tom Petty. It is a mellow and sedate affair with little of the fire of a Heartbreakers release.

He has been and remains one of the better keyboardists on the music scene. The vocals, however, are a stretch in places. He manages to get by not over-extending himself.

The better self-composed tracks are “Blonde Girl Blue Dress,” “Why Don’t You Quit Leaving Me Alone,” “Today I Took Your Picture Down,” and “You Should Be So Lucky.” He can write a good song and provides some passion and emotion in his performances. He gives ansubtle performance on Bob Dylan’s “Duquesne Whistle.”

Benmont Tench has achieved every back-up musicians dream and released a solo album. The music is all him and forms an interesting listen from a man who finally gets some deserved attention.

Rating: **1/2