The Railway presents:
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As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, “[his] voice is not of this world.” Ottewell’s second solo album, Rattlebag, is out now through Sunday Best Recordings (www.sundaybest.net). The singer is currently touring, performing songs from Rattlebag and his first solo record, Shapes & Shadows (ATO, 2011), as well as a few Gomez favorites.
Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, Rattlebag is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell’s infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along.“There’s a time and place for us / I will take you there,” he sings (“Shoreline”). Ben Ottewell proffers hope and promise accompanied by sublime acoustic and slide guitars, and that’s something we can all use.
"Rattlebag is a lusher affair…its centerpiece that wail of a voice as old as the blues, as smoky as a cotton field burn-off. A deeply satisfying album on nearly every level" - Q Magazine
"Ottewell is still audibly in thrall to the American Deep South and the grittier quarters of New Orleans in particular. Long possessed of the kind of earth-scorching baritone that made him a shoo-in for a career in music" - Mojo Magazine