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Benyaro

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The Story of “Good Day Better” - 3/19/10

Brooklyn based acoustic roots/soul band, Benyaro, follows up its self-released, self-titled, nationally charting (CMJ) debut album with “Good Day Better”. The album dropped March 24 in New York City.

Recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia and New York, New York in the brutal winter of 2010, “Good Day Better” features Ben Musser’s strongest offering of original material to date and classic songs penned by Scott Claassen, Malcolm Holcombe and Diana Jones.

“Good Day Better” unpredictably explores and expands the boundaries of acoustic music offering 12 tracks ranging from gospel, folk, country, rock, blues, and soul to beatboxing/house. The songs are inspired by family, places, pets, lovers and draw on the emotions that exist from engaging in such relationships. Such sentiments are unequivocally reflected in Musser’s vocal performances which overflow with feeling while the beautiful, vulnerable, yet occasionally stern vocals of Meg Chamberlin perfectly offset the masculinity of Musser’s and Bobby McCullough’s voices.

In a time when name dropping who worked on your record seems more important than the sounds and songs on it, “Good Day Better” was produced by Ben Musser, Benyaro founder, instrumentalist and primary writer, in a way that utilized the uniqueness of the group. For the first time the sounds and influences of upright bassist and back up vocalist Bobby McCullough can be heard adding to the sound that is Benyaro.

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