Benyaro — the indie roots project of seclusive Jackson Hole, WY musician who’s worked with such artists as Gary Clarke Jr., Brett Dennen and Shovels & Rope — announces the release of his third original full-length album, One Step Ahead of Your Past. The LP was co-produced with Danny Kadar (The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses) and recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Ben Musser’s home studio in Wyoming.
One Step Ahead of Your Past is an audible journey down the periscope of Ben Musser’s young marriage and voyage into fatherhood, or in his own words, “a deeply personal collection of tunes from a period in which I became a husband and a father.” Filled with hooks both musical and lyrical, the songs explore the profound, vibrant, and mundane with humility and humor, acting both as mirror and prism of a life once out of site, but which now envelops the artist.
Danny Kadar reflects, “All the love, angst, apprehension, jealousies, and joyful struggles that go with the beginnings of a family are touched upon. There’s an edge to the songs that belies the tender nature of the album. The humor may be cutting, but it is genuine. The sweetness of the love songs is never saccharine. This is a real accounting of love, marriage, and family.” The arc of the album reflects this journey; keeping (cheekily) one step ahead of Musser’s past.
Multi-instrumentalist Musser composed the thirteen punk-Americana tracks that comprise the record and for the first time, his longtime tour mate, upright bassist Leif Routman, joins on the recording. Additional guest musicians include Jacob Rodriguez (Michael Bublé) on tenor and baritone saxophone, and NYC’s Brian Geltner (Johnny Society) on drums. On One Step Ahead of Your Past, Benyaro takes the emotional roller coaster of life’s highs and lows and weaves these experiences into songs that speak cutting truths about life.