Guitarist, composer and producer Ross Bellenoit will celebrate the release of his debut album as a solo artist on December 18th. Â To mark this joyous occasion, Bellenoit will be performing at Â Johnny Brenda’s along with Birdie Busch and Zach Djanikian (both of whom he has had the pleasure of collaborating with.) The ten-track album, Eight Track Mind, will be released as an LP on 12-inch vinyl, and for those of you who have moved past tangible collections of songs, the vinyl comes with a Digital Download card so you can listen to the record via ITunes.
Bellenoit moved to Philadephia in 2003, and it wasn’t long before he became a highly sought-after guitar player for many prominent musicians in the city. Â He has had the privilege of playing with such renowned artists as Â Amos Lee, John Francis, and Devin Greenwood. Apart from lending a six-string hand to some of Philadelphia’s leading songwriters, he spends a great deal of time in the studio, having done production work for a variety of albums, including rock, jazz and R&B records. Â With all of his creative projects as guitar sideman, Bellenoit has finally brought to the forefront a beautiful collection from his own foray into songwriting.
The origins of the album hail from a collaboration with bassist Jaren Olevsky and drummer Freddie Berman, whom Bellenoit formed bonds with on Amos Lee’s 2007 tour. Â The three joined forces to play Bellenoit’s music as a trio called â€œThe Little Rolling Thunder Reviewâ€ for months after the tour. Â They recorded the whole album in a weekend on an eight-track tape machine, undoubtedly the inspiration for the title of the record. Â It took two years of work before the album was completed this past summer, a long-awaited masterpiece of Bellenoit’s unique musical voice, inspired by that of the artists he has had the privilege of playing with.
Bellenoit’s songs are filled with musical and lyrical poignancy; his melodies, riffs, basslines and drum grooves set the perfect mood for his stories. Â Influences of some the jazz guitar greats such as Richard Thompson and Bill Frissel can be heard throughout this stylistically versatile set of songs, but his tunes also give a nod to â€˜60s and â€˜70s artists like the Turtles and Elvis Costello. Â Lyrically poetic, his songs touch on subjects ranging from self-reliance, to attitudes toward love, to the dangers of human nature. Â From grating guitar solos to smooth, tight-knit pop riffs, Bellenoit’s music will not only strike a chord with you instrumentally, it’ll send you to new trains of thought and give you a little insight into experiences that are part of life and loss. Â He is truly talented in his ability to craft melodies and textures that stay true to the heart and soul of a song, mirroring his conviction that one of the most important things to think about when playing is â€œ[…surrendering] yourself completely to the moment.â€ (from myspace.com/rossbellenoitmusic).