Song Premiere: Benson “Riverside”

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Americana Highways presents this premiere of Benson’s song “Riverside,” from their forthcoming album Pick Your Poison, due to released on March 31 on Mountain Home Music.  The album was produced by Kristin Scott Benson and Wayne Benson; recorded by Scott Barnett and Clay Miller; and mixed and mastered by Scott Barnett at Crossroads Studios, Arden, NC.

“Riverside” is Kristin Scott Benson on banjo; Wayne Benson on mandolin; Cody Kilby on acoustic guitar; Paul Watson on bass; Jim VanCleve on fiddle; and Tony Creasman on drums and percussion. Rich with steel string resonance, this instrumental song pays homage to parenthood and the vulnerability and responsibility of a new baby with rich mandolin and fiddle. 

I wrote “Riverside” many years ago. Kristin was playing in California and it was the first time I had ever been alone with our infant son for an extended period of time. I can still remember how that felt and this tune reflects that. Cody Kilby had the idea of changing the chords behind the melody on the breakdown part, during the mandolin solo, and we loved that idea. Then, we build into the unison part at the end and it feels full of hope. I like the spirit on this track. —  Wayne

This tune of Wayne’s gave me a chance to play the Julia Belle banjo by Deering, which is tuned lower than normal banjos. That instrument helped contribute to the overall mood of the song and the arrangement came together nicely in the studio. It’s fun to hear it come to life with a full band. The guys played great and I’ve always liked the melody.– Kristin

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