Recorded deep in the Florida jungle, I'm very excited to share my new album with the world! "Friction" is a little darker, a little grittier, and ranges a little further across the spectrum. Drawn together with co-producer and keyboard player Matt Frost, the CD also features a host of excellent musicians along with myself on upright bass and a touch of theremin in addition to my looped acoustic guitar and vocals / beatboxing.
This album may appear a slight departure from the acoustic-pop of my first studio album "[Reasonably] Honest", but still holds true to this generous quote from the Sarasota Herald Tribune: "one minute he's singer-songwriter smooth, the next breaking into rap-jazzy scats, skillfully co-merging genres within songs."
Sarasota Herald Tribune Ticket "...funky acoustic guitar-looping, beat-boxing, soul-singing Sarasota powerhouse Ben Hammond..."
Portland Press Herald:
"... 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..." [+read more]