Ben Weaver Signs with Bloodshot Records

Songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / artist Ben Weaver has signed a multi-album deal with Bloodshot Records, with his label debut set for release August 12, 2008. The Axe and the Oak is Weaver’s 6th album at the ripe old age of 27; it is by far his most adventurous to date.

Weaver explains, “The majority of this record was written in Berlin, the summer of 2007. I was staying in a friend’s flat in Prenzlauer Berg. I had many pictures in my head at that time. This record is not about Berlin, but about what being in Berlin allowed me to create.” Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine), the album juxtaposes electronic musical sounds with warm acoustic instruments with textural results that defy the usual expectations of the singer/songwriter genre. Evocative, hushed songs illuminate Weaver’s affinity for the natural world of birds, phone booths, empty parking lots, strangers in the checkout line, plastic bags stuck in trees and whatever else typically goes unnoticed in the sidewalk cracks.

Aside from his prolific and constant songwriting and recording, Ben has created a handmade book of his poems and drawings and contributed a story to an upcoming Anthology being gathered by Steve Horowitz for Abrams – each selection of fiction is written by a songwriter. Expect to see this hit bookstores in March 2009, Ben will be featured along with the likes of Rene Sparkes of the Handsome Family, Greg Brown and Jolie Holland.

Tracklisting:
01. White Snow*
02. Red Red Fox
03. Soldiers War
04. Anything With Words
05. Pretty Girl
06. Hawks and Crows
07. Dead Bird
08. Said in Stones
09. Alligators and Owls*
10. Hey Ray
11. Out Behind the House
12. The History of Weather

*listen on myspace!


Ben Weaver: website | myspace

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