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Ben Howard

By Bob on May 9, 2013 2:50 AM

I've been a fan of singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano since the '60s. His rich, powerful voice, flawless guitar skills and Latin-influenced rhythms make him the Godfather of brown-eyed soul. There's nobody like him. Or is there?

Ben Howard, Keep Your Head Up

Meet Ben Howard. Ben's a young (26) singer-songwriter from London raised by musical parents who exposed him to their favorite singer-songwriter artists from the '60s and '70s - Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkel and others.

It's a musical vaccination that stuck. Ben's taken these influences and created a sound that's uniquely his own, while being distinctly reminiscent of the fluid guitar work and vibrant vocals of Feliciano.

Yes, he's that good.

The talented Londoner's debut EP, Games in the Dark, was released in 2008. Since then, he's followed up with EPs, These Waters, Old Pine, Ben Howard Live and a major debut studio album, Every Kingdom. His latest release, The Burgh Island, hit the charts in 2012.

If you're a fan of singer-songwriter-folk-influenced music with an infectious beat, then download some Ben Howard.

Think of him as a one-man British Invasion.

Available on iTunes, Amazon.com and his website.

Here's a little Jose Feliciano playing two classics - California Dreamin' and Light My Fire


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