Journal Sentinel gives brief synopsis of new record

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tosses in a brief synopsis of the new record, along with reviews of the new records by Spoon, Conor Oberst, and our good buddies Booher! I don’t think we could have said it much better ourselves.

New Ben Franklins, “What Happens When Things Fall Apart” (New Ben Franklins). Denver alt-country and/or Americana band formed in 1992 marks its 25th anniversary with its basic attitudes intact and with its volume a notch or two louder.”

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Nice little show preview in Westword!

The oft-imitated but never equaled Tom Murphy gave a nice little preview for our show this weekend… check it out!

“When the New Ben Franklins debuted in 1992, the band was more like a goth outfit with a drum machine and a proclivity for dark, melodramatic music than the superb country band it is today. But that heightened emotive quality has served the group’s 23-year evolution well, because singer David DeVoe’s vocals have never been tentative. He always sounds like he has something intense to say, even when waxing poetic about everyday struggles. In addition, DeVoe is a gifted storyteller with a talent for reinterpreting music. The Franklins (playing Saturday, November 7, at Swing Station in Laporte, 970-224-3326) have just released two albums, Something Old Something New and Something Borrowed Something Blue. On the latter, the band covers Echo & the Bunnymen and Swervedriver — hardly country acts. But with the aid of talented players like drummer Tom Radigan, guitarist Greg Pasquariello and Jeremy Ziehe on bass, DeVoe transforms the songs to suit the noisy country sound of his own fine compositions.”

What to see at UMS by Enrique Jiminez

Enrique Jiminez, from Denver band Altas, and an all around bad ass dude gave a brief interview with Westword with a few bands he thought were bands to see at this year’s Underground Music Showcase. He gave a little shout out to us. Thanks, Enrique!


New Ben Franklins – 8 p.m. – Gary Lee’s Motor Club and Grub: They’re just old school. They have their sound and have been doing it a long time and they’re good at it. It’s a more country rock type of sound. I don’t really see much of that going on mixing the two and bringing that part of Colorado into the kind of indie scene represented at this festival. It’s very non-traditional but hearkens back to that old country sound. I like the tonality of it all. When you can strip something down to its core sound and get something good out of that it’s a very difficult thing to do well. Hundreds of people try to get that tonality.”

North Of The Border reviews [peter gabriel]



New Ben Franklins – Peter Gabriel 

 What a lucky break. I get frequent emails about new music and when lead singer David Devoe sent a note about this release I jumped on it after hearing a couple of cuts and asked for a copy. This band has been playing the Denver area for 20 years, and this release is nothing short of amazing. The band consists of David Devoe on vocals and lots of instruments, Benjamin Mason Williams on bass and sax, Tom Pberheide on pedal steel and banjo and Mark Kosta on drums. They use a host of other musicians as well, and the instrumentation varies from the great pedal steel to dobro and fiddle to full horn sections. It works so well and they have created a masterpiece. The opening cut “Riverside” gives you a hint of what’s to come, with David’s vocals setting the tune, and lush harmonies and solid backup music, then “Miserable” brings some down-home steel guitar and country licks to a ballad that laments always “being in trouble again”, and the awesome steel guitar in “Love Like This”, a tearful song of envy and loss, while “Nickajack Cave” is a mournful tale of desperation that turns to hope when a last minute salvation shows him the light. His warm tribute to his mother, “Best Friend”  is a moving testament to his ability to take a personal feeling to new heights, and the walls of guitars on “Mourning” give it a big band feel, and “Summer Sun” weaves a spell of love and hope. Stepping it up a bit with charging guitars, “About You” is a straight-ahead rocker that lights up the whole room, while the bleak “Horse” deals with addictions while the sparse guitar spins around the soaring vocals. Hard-charging licks highlight “Here I Go Now” , and the punk anthem “Detroit Party Jesus” pulls the mood in a whole different direction, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and pounding beat. The tender sound of “Maine” slows it back down, then speeds it back up at intervals, with a recall of a dreamy trip, and they fade away with “My Soul”, a lovely lament of true love. Find out more about them at the web site, at

See it all here!