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Sarasota’s premier newspaper periodically features locale musicians in their arts publication / website “The Ticket”, and they’ve featured yours-truly this week. Journalist Dawn Scire does a bang-on job describing my sound in all its permutations and combinations, and I might just have to steal some of her phrases when describing my music in the future. Rock on for supporting live, local music!

“Nor does his music fit into any common category: one minute he’s singer-songwriter smooth, the next breaking into rap-jazzy scats, skillfully co-merging genres within songs.” Herald-Tribune – Jan, 2012

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Ben Hammond on WMNF 88.5FM. Photo by Kristen Rouse.

Host RJ Oreskovich invited me to drop by the studio and chat with him for an hour on his show “Center Stage”, of course bringing along the acoustic guitar and jamming out on a couple of tunes from both “[Reasonably] Honest” and my new disc “Solo at Stone Mt Arts Center”. We discuss the role of cover songs in rock music, life on the Suncoast, the writing process, winning a John Lennon Songwriting Award and more. You can tune in with Itunes, Windows Media Player or the streaming player of your choice: .m3u




RJ on WMNF 88.5FM "Center Stage". Photo by Kristen Rouse.

Mp3 downloads (like from Itunes) are great, but sometimes having physical product is nice, especially when that product includes a professionally produced LIVE BONUS DVD! If you are in Maine, New Hampshire or Florida there are some stores where you can pick it up (and of course it’s available at all live shows and for mail order from my website and CDBaby)


Bull Moose Music – 456 Payne Road, Scarborough, ME (207) 885-9553 ‎

Bull Moose Music – 151 Middle Street, Portland, ME (207) 780-6424


The Met Coffehouse – 2680 South Main Street, North Conway, NH (603) 356-2332 ‎


Captain Curt’s Gift Shop – 1200 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL (941) 349-3885

Aimsel Ponti just penned a great review of my recently released Live CD/DVD – “Solo at Stone Mt Arts Center” in Maine’s biggest newspaper, the Portland Press Herald. Those of you who read the paper regularly probably already know of Aimsel as a die-hard music fan and a huge supporter of the local independent scene. I was honored she was interested in reviewing my record, and now that it’s out I could not be more pleased with the results. Here are a couple quotes:

“”When I’m Supposed To” shows off his talent as a human beatbox along with his magic pedal that loops in layers of his vocals. The other instrument you’ll hear on “Live” is Hammond’s acoustic guitar, but don’t think for a second this is a standard-issue singer-songwriter deal. Hammond’s far from it, and he’s cut from soul-pop cloth, a fabric that includes rock, folk and even jazz sensibilities…”

“”Wintergreens” is an instrumental track on the “Live” CD, and it’s a stirring piece of acoustic guitar. My only criticism is that it’s too short at just more than two minutes. All was forgiven when I heard Hammond’s terrific cover of Flight of the Conchord’s “Most Beautiful Girl.””

“Hammond is a versatile musician who writes memorable originals, delivers when he decides to cover someone, and uses his guitar, voice and gadgets to create a sound that you want to keep hearing.”

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As most of you are fully aware I just released my first Live CD/DVD “Solo at Stone Mt Arts Center” which I had manufactured by Discmakers. I used them for my last release as well, “[Reasonably] Honest”, and just as with last time I was extremely pleased with the results. Quick turn-around, pleasant staff, lots of options, and a quality product. The only bummer was that the seam of the shrink-wrapping ended up directly over my cool QR barcode on the back of the disc case, making it far less usable. However, I didn’t notice this until recently, and it wasn’t worth complaining as it was a very small mistake.

Anyways, as a bonus for having them replicate your disc they have teamed up with TAXI, a company dedicated to helping independent artists obtain “record, publishing and TV/film deals”. TAXI is quite an expensive service, and I haven’t decided to sign up with them yet, but I appreciate full-well the value of their service and it is definitely something on my radar. This is the second time, via Discmakers, that they have provided me with a free sample feedback form on one of my songs. I am very pleased with their critique of “Worst Kind of Perfect”; appreciate the compliments and agree with the suggestions. Here is a quote below:

“Ben, what immediately stands out if your formidable talent and musical skills. The playing is tasty throughout, and your vocals are delivered with lots of soul. Great job taking advantage of your wide range and improvising abilities! The chord progression has some sophisticated changes. The melodies feel good, though as noted you might have shifted to a higher range to add to the contrast of the chorus. Lyrically, you’ve got some colorful imagery. Also, you express an easily relatable idea with a fresh angle. It does seem a touch confusing that she “fits perfectly with me”, but then “but not quite”. Could maybe use a bit more clarity. Overall, impressive work here! You sound like you’ve got music in your blood. Thanks for checking in with TAXI, and best of luck with the CD!!!”.

I have to say, great idea with raising the range for the chorus to add contrast to that section, I think I’ll play around with that. Regarding the lyric suggestion, I think that might be a great example of me initially writing one lyric on paper “she’d fit perfectly, but not with me not quite yet”, and over time losing track of some of the tenses and pronouns, eventually morphing into “she fits perfectly but not with me not quite yet”. The original line “she’d fit” still might be a tad confusing, but definitely clearer than what got recorded… agree?

Some great ink on local Suncoast albums in the Ticket CL from Tim Sukits, including a bit on my newest album “Solo at Stone Mt Arts Center”.

“And by the end of January, we witnessed the drop of soulful-voiced, beat-boxer Ben Hammond’s first live CD/DVD, “Solo at Stone Mt. Arts Center,” which features 13 audio tracks and six videos produced by Mike Dana, a sought-after cinematographer best known for his work on the movie “Requiem for a Dream.” “

To read the whole article visit to purchase this Live CD / DVD (13 audio tracks and 6 video tracks including this one).

Recorded Live on May 6th, 2010 at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine.

Taylor T5 Acoustic / Electric Guitar, Vocals and Vocal Percussion by Ben Hammond. Ben also used a Boomerang+ Loop Station (it’s fun, Google it) on both the microphone and the guitar for this concert. The loop pedal appears as specified in the following places (REC = Recording a layer, ST = “Stacking” which is playing one layer and recording another layer simultaneously, or if no indication it’s just playing what’s been previously recorded) REV 0:02-0:11, REV 1:08-1:09, REC 2:15-2:23, 2:23-2:31, ST 2:31-2:40, 2:40-2:48

Composed by Ben Hammond, all rights reserved.
Produced by Ben Hammond.
Audio Recorded and Mixed by Pat O’Donnell of Stone Mountain Mobile.
Audio Mastering by Reuben Ghose,
DVD Directed and Edited by Mike Dana,
Camera Operators: Mike Dana, Chris Proulx, and Parker Schoonover.

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