Happy Holidays and new video

Happy Holidays everyone.  We know this is a busy time of year and  we at NBF headquarters just wanted to wish y’all a very merry season.

If you need some smiles then boy, do we have a treat for you… we’ve made a new video featuring a bunch of the photos from our photo shoot for the back cover of [peter gabriel] last spring… we’ve put the photos to the tune of Waylon’s “Theme From Dukes Of Hazzard” and posted it up for you… take a minute to check it out! We hope it’ll bring you even a fraction of the joy it brought us. Check it out HERE!

See you in 2013 for more great music, live shows, new CD and T-shirts and cool new merch stuff… and maybe even a little platter of vinyl!


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 www.newbenfranklins.com.

See it all here!

[peter gabriel] review from McKeesport, PA!

Here’s a nice little review of the new album from way out East! Sandwiched between Sir Paul McCartney and Brendan Benson is not a bad place to be!


The Daily News, McKeesport, PA.

NEW BEN FRANKLINS, “[Peter Gabriel]” (self-released) [4 stars]

— Though they’ve never gotten the recognition that they deserve, Denver-based country rockers New Ben Franklins have been making music together for two decades. They celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of “[Peter Gabriel]” a dynamite platter that has nothing to do with its famous namesake other than fulfill lead singer David DeVoe’s lifelong dream of naming an album after the original Genesis frontman.

There’s a nice mix of ballads and honky-tonk anthems on the (slightly overstuffed) 14-track release, with the NBF soaring highest on “Riverside,” “Love Like This,” “Here With Me,” “Best Friend,” “Summer Sun,” “Here I Go Now” and “My Soul.” Highly recommended. (JS)

Album Review: [peter gabriel] by New Ben Franklins

Denver-based acoustic rock quartet the New Ben Franklins resound a country folk fare with banjo-riddled drapery and pedal steel encrusted melodies buffed in a modern décor of finely chiseled acoustics. The band’s new CD, [peter gabriel],named after the UK singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, ranges from soothing campfire ballads to hootenanny/square dance tempos. The band infuses melodic nuances into the country folk fare such as the Spanish accents gilding the acoustics along “Here With Me” and the sprig of piano keys spun gingerly along the base of “My Soul,” both enriching the texture of the melodies and broadening the parameters of folk rock in ways that inspire future generations… Read more HERE