BEN LEECE

Australian Guitar - - Fresh Frets -

HE IS

One of the bright­est new voices in Aus­tralian coun­try, his sharp, Ten­nessee-in­spired drawl and twangy acous­tic juts pum­melling through the mix with a dis­tinct bal­ance of pas­sion and power. He tugs at the heart­strings with his bluntly emo­tive pas­sages and bit­ing hon­esty, and son­i­cally, finds av­enues to in­ten­sity by way of dry, lowkey strum­ming over dense, yet beau­ti­fully nat­u­ral sound­scapes. HE SOUNDS LIKE

A dou­ble shot of your finest aged whisky, neat. YOU’LL DIG HIM IF YOU LIKE

Nick Cave, Tim Rogers and Wilco. There’s a strik­ing South­ern punch to Leece’s mu­sic, but it never feels like he’s play­ing mu­si­cal dress-up. The au­then­tic­ity at play is noth­ing short of breath­tak­ing, and it’s with­out a doubt he’d fit right at home on the Blues­fest and Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val main­stages. YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT

His riv­et­ing de­but al­bum, No Won­derTheWorl­dIsEx­hausted.

It’s a play-by-play through every­thing that makes coun­try mu­sic great, de­liv­ered in a bold, acous­tic-heavy mix un­fet­tered by any un­nec­es­sary bells or whis­tles. This is Leece as raw as he comes, pour­ing his heart and soul out onto tape.

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