North American    Ben Bowen King    World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music


North American    Ben Bowen King    World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music
Moroccan Sahara

Search

WORLD MUSIC NEWS
WorldMusicFeatures
WORLD MUSIC Profiles
  Artist Features
  World Music Legends
  Reggae Legends
  African Legends
Live Music Events
  World Music Concerts
  World Music Festivals
  World Music Clubs
Global Lifestile
  Travel
  Food
  Film
reviews
  Books
  DVD
  Live Music
WorldMusicFeatures
WORLD MUSIC CD ReVIEW
  Africa
  Asia & Far East
  Australia & Oceania
  Celtic & Irish
  Electronica
  Europe
  Greater Latin America
  Jazz
  Middle East & North Africa
  New Age & Avant Garde
  North American
  Reggae & Caribbean
  South Asia
  World Fusion
WORLD MUSIC links
back issues
 

Deutsch
Franais
Espa ol
Italiano
Portuguese
Japanese
Chinese





World Music CD Reviews North American

Print Page
E-mail to Friend E-mail to Editor
Ben Bowen King
Sidewalk Saints: Roots Gospel Guitar
Talking Taco

By PAUL-EMILE COMEAU

Published April 27, 2007

Although there are no references to the name change in the accompanying press material or on the label’s web site, it’s obvious that this is actually Ben Tavera King with a new middle name. With his latest album King has also deviated from the Native American, Hispanic, and New Age styles for which he’s known. Sidewalk Saints refers to a long lost style of street music, one that consisted of performers playing gospel tunes on the National Steel guitar while accompanied by spoons, a suitcase, or a tambourine. King’s playing is complemented on five tracks by “Baptist moans,” which add a unique passion to the instrumental performances. Although King is a very deft guitarist, he obviously irons out the rough edges and also takes some liberties with the melodies. His sound is unique, but “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” the leadoff track, doesn’t sound all that distinct from “Amazing Grace,” the closing one.

RSS Feeds

ADVERTISING LINKS

Kosmic Music
Quincy Jones Eagle Rock
Lawson Sideblock
Globe Trekker 120 150
emusicsideblock

GoNomad
Roland

Contact us | Press Room | Contests | About Global Rhythm magazine | Advertise / Media Kit
Privacy Statement | Terms of Use
| Global Rhythm Contributors | Link to Us | Back Issues

Copyright © 2008 Zenbu Media. All rights reserved.

Powered by Ecomsolutions.net