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Judge for Ben Godwin

Blackheath, United Kingdom
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Portrait of Ben Godwin

shines like a new dime and leaves us wanting a second disc! Here's one for our Top 10 of 2007!

From All Music Guide:

Though singer/songwriter Ben Godwin spent the early part of his career playing in hard rock bands in Glasgow, Scotland, he eventually decided that the acoustic anti-folk format was how he wanted to display himself and his craft. In 2002 he released the EP Four Songs, followed by =shinyshiny= in 2004 and Lighter Than the Atom in 2005. That same year, Godwin decided to move to New York City, where, in addition to writing songs, performing, and producing albums for others, he worked at LIFEbeat, a non-profit that promoted HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness through music. In 2007, inspired by the sights and sounds of the city as well as by singers like Tom Waits and Jeff Buckley, Godwin released his full-length debut, Skin and Bone, on his own label, Karmafarm.

Magnet Magazine issue #76 -"First Exposure"
Combining jazzy cabaret swagger with soulful sincerity... Ben Godwin’s gruff, Tom Waits-like growl saunters toward perfection.

...tremendous rip-snorting theatrical hambone flair.

High Orbit
...sounds like an evil clown dancing on a broken piano. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw him in the sideshow of an alien circus...

Silverfish Magazine
...a fantastic foray into New York's steamy underbelly. Like a burlesque show meeting a lounge act in a dark alley to get freaky...