After many years in the music industry as a lead guitarist and side man, acclaimed UK rock musician Nigel Bennett will release his debut solo album, Truth Or Consequences, on October 23, 2012 (Zip Records) in North America. The CD will be released in South America in November and in Europe in January 2013.
Bennett, lead guitarist for the British punk band The Vibrators, is taking center stage as he flexes his musical virtuosity as a solo performer and frontman. Truth or Consequences features 13 tracks that highlight Bennett’s appreciation for styles ranging from country-tinged melodies to hard rock instrumentals to reggae. Pat Collier (Primal Scream, Adrian Borland) produced the album. During Bennett’s reputable musical career, he has performed with and wrote a hit single for The Members (“Radio”) and toured with Julian Lennon.
Truth Or Consequences opens with “Another Day,” a song of unrequited love capturing the loneliness of heartbreak with moody vocals punched up with electric guitar.
A track creating a buzz is Bennett’s rock ‘n’ roll cover of Joni Mitchell’s mellow classic “Both Sides Now,” which he makes his own with snarling vocals and energetic guitar riffs.
Bennett explains the title of his album.
“I was touring with my band The Vibrators and we were driving on a small highway from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and there was an exit sign that said, ‘Truth or Consequences,’ and I thought, ‘wow, there’s my album title,’” says Bennett, who is based in London.
Bennett explained that his music is tough to classify since it crosses different styles, which is a true testament to the album’s originality. Bennett is a self-taught guitarist and considered by music fans to be the best lead guitarist on the punk music circuit, both past and present. Truth Or Consequences is a new musical path for Bennett.
When asked how he’s continued for so many years enduring many of life’s and music’s ups and downs, he says. “My motto to myself is to never give up.”
Nigel’s musical career spans more than 30 years earning him the skills and chops that come with maturity.
“When you’re young, there’s so much that you want to play, but haven’t figured out how to yet,” he says. “I’m in a good place now. I’m lucky that I’m able to play what I imagine in my mind.”