“Ruminative Swede’s country soul soars on fourth album”8/10 Uncut
“A precocious acoustic finger-picker, fearlessly confessional as a songwriter”Mojo
“This is an album that demands you listen, and that’s no bad thing” Acoustic
Following the success of his 4th album COPENHAGEN earlier this year, Scandinavian born Benjamin Folke Thomas is back with a new album for his fans, a ‘LIVE’ album featuring all the hits from his extensive back catalogue.
“I wanted to make an honest record, something that reflects my solo live shows in a realistic way, so I decided to record a live album in my living room. I wanted to have the friendliest audience I could think of and my biggest fan is probably myself, no matter what others may think. So I was my own audience. I recorded each handclap, each chuckling laugh, and every excited call for more. It’s all me. Me me me…”
And, if you are wondering about the artwork…
“The idea was to rip of my favorite country heroes; Buck Owens, John Denver, Kenny Rogers and Jim Reeves. I think I’ve really pulled it off!” explains Ben.
Folke Thomas was born in the coldest winter recorded in modern day history in Gothenburg; perhaps his obsession for sad, lamenting country songs was inevitable; and grew up on a secluded island off the coast of Sweden, populated by mainly evangelical Christians. However, Ben never found God. He discovered grunge music instead, and at the age of 11 he was playing drums in a punk band before turning to Folk and Americana music after seeing Kurt Cobain’s performance of ‘In The Pines’ on Unplugged.
Folke Thomas’ live ability has attracted a dedicated fanbase and rave reviews, including Q Magazine describing his “stunning playing… his finger-picking is the best you will ever hear”, whilst the Guardian stated that he “stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA meeting”.