Louisiana-based band the Benjy Davis Project -- fresh from a smash success at Jazz Fest -- has just signed with Rock Ridge Music and plans to release their album “Dust” nationally (with distribution via ADA) on November 4, 2008. The album will be different from the version by the same name that the band released last year: all of the songs were remixed and three new songs were added.
Says Rock Ridge Music A&R Consultant Bobby Capps, who brought the band to Rock Ridge Music: “The Benjy Davis Project is one of the coolest acts I've come across in years. The band is tight live, and they deliver a knockout punch with singer/songwriter Benjy Davis. I'm very happy to have had a hand in getting them into the Rock Ridge family.” Concurs Rock Ridge Music CEO Tom Derr about the band’s songs: “In the end, it all leads to great songs, and there you have the Benjy Davis Project."
Says the band’s manager, Jim Bateman, of Real Records: “This is a dream deal with an artist driven approach to the music business. At Real Records, we have used a similar concept in developing artists, with an emphasis on live performances. Tom Derr of Rock Ridge has a proven track record developing artists for the major labels. He has been instrumental in the success of the Dave Matthews Band and Three Doors Down. We have always felt that similar success lies ahead for the Benjy Davis Project. We look forward to working with Tom Derr and Rock Ridge Music."
In an artist-driven approach to expanding their audience, the Louisiana-based group perseveres with integrity and purpose by taking their music directly to the people. This year’s return engagement at the New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival (4/26/08) attracted thousands of new fans and terrific media notice -- from USA TODAY’s photo coverage to the TIMES PICAYUNE review: “The Project has gone about the business of becoming a credible college rock band the hard way, grinding it out on the road and writing the sort of autobiographical anthems that Southern teens want to sing along to.” The band logs 120 dates or more per year.
An ALL MUSIC GUIDE review by venerated music critic Bill Ruhlmann notes: “...Benjy Davis Project has become a cohesive unit, playing folk-rock arrangements that find the members interacting intuitively. ...whether the sound is flavored with a banjo, a violin, a mandolin, or a Hammond B-3 organ, the point is always to support the voice. He sings in a slightly gruff tenor with an elastic sense of rhythm, the better to add conviction and vulnerability to his lyrics, which are personal and straightforward. ...his main subject is the ups and downs of love... throughout, he creates an appealing character, and his backup band adds real punch to his songs.”
Additional media exposure and music reviews are now far reaching. The TOLEDO BLADE’s music critic, Rod Lockwood, says their sound boasts: “...an unabashed sensuality and fearlessness that is refreshing.” (Baton Rouge’s daily newspaper) THE ADVOCATE’s music critic, John Wirt, adds: “authenticity is captured more on DUST than any of (Benjy Davis Project’s) previous CDs... The new songs meld rock and country into undeniably catchy pop... Audiences throughout the nation have been receptive to the gifted, unassuming young band from Baton Rouge.” And, in Los Angeles, STUDIO CITY SUN’s music reviewer, Bill Bentley, asks: “Looking for a band that has a singer who can fill the air with hope and, at the same time, catch the darkness in his hands? Benjy Davis has been doing just that the past five years... There are at least six songs on DUST that you’d bet your car keys were smash hits.”
Says Benjy Davis: “When we first met Bobby Capps, who handles A&R for Rock Ridge Music, we liked him right away. He supports our music and understands our vision. I'm excited about the upcoming CD and the potential of our new deal with a great team."
For more information, please contact:
Karen Johnson – KJPR Publicity & Artist Relations
Real Records & Benjy Davis Project Publicity
818-430-4790 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Krista Mettler – Skye Media /
Director of Publicity, Rock Ridge Music
908-889-5029 / email@example.com