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Benmont Tench
Benmont Tench

Petty sideman Benmont Tench steps to the front of the stage Add to ...

Blonde Girl, Blue Dress

By Benmont Tench, from the forthcoming You Should Be So Lucky (Blue Note); streaming here

The man with the fantastic handle – Benmont Tench! – has made a name for himself as an ace sideman and the keyboard-playing veteran of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Now he steps to the front of the stage with a new album and its lead single Blonde Girl, Blue Dress, a sweet-grooved soft-rocker about a lady leaving. That’s Gillian Welch on harmony and none other than Ringo Starr on tambourine, but this is Tench’s gig. The organ tone is blanket-warm; his voice is kind and frayed. And when he wistfully asks, “Did you ever come so close,” that blonde in blue really does seem only inches away.

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