Ben Ottewell

As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, “[his] voice is not of this world.”

Ottewell released his first solo album Shapes & Shadows (ATO) in 2011, featuring such beautiful acoustic tunes as “Blackbird,” “Shapes and Shadows” and “Take This Beach,” which appeared on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”. Since then, Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful solo tours across the UK, US and Australia.

On his newest record, Rattlebag, Ottewell once again collaborated with childhood friend and his Shapes & Shadows writing partner Sam Genders, previously of Tunng. “Sam and I grew up together in a little village called Bonsall in Derbyshire and have been friends since childhood. I love his songwriting — the stuff he did with his bands Tunng and The Accidental, particularly lyrically.”

In Fall 2013, Ottewell connected with his fan base to crowd-fundRattlebag, and launched a pledge campaign on Indiegogo. “It seems to be a really honest way to do it,” Ottewell said at the time. “Indiegogo lends a kind of transparency into making the record…I feel long-term Gomez followers will really enjoy engaging in this way.” The experiment worked well and exceeded his fundraising goal, with enthusiastic supporters from around the world contributing to the recording of the album.

Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, Rattlebag is a collection of beautifully poetic tales of salvation and redemption, of sanctuary and braving rocky seas in search of distant shores. Ottewell’s infectious melodies and bluesy riffs will stick with you, and beg you to sing along.

“There’s a time and place for us / I will take you there,” he sings (“Shoreline”). Ben Ottewell proffers hope and promise accompanied by sublime acoustic and slide guitars, and that’s something we can all use.

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3 July 2024
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4 July 2024
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Sheffield, United Kingdom

9 July 2024
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11 July 2024
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15 July 2024
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16 July 2024
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17 July 2024
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20 July 2024
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27 July 2024
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom

18 September 2024
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Hull, United Kingdom

19 September 2024
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2 October 2024
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New York, United States

5 October 2024
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Pittsburgh, United States

11 October 2024
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Venice, United States

12 October 2024
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Felton, United States

13 October 2024
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San Francisco, United States

16 October 2024
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Denver, United States

2 November 2024
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Meeniyan, Australia

3 November 2024
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Castlemaine, Australia

4 November 2024
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Lorne, Australia

7 November 2024
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Thornbury, Australia

24 November 2024
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Strines, United Kingdom

28 November 2024
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Stockport, United Kingdom

4 December 2024
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Leeds, United Kingdom

5 December 2024
The Parish

Huddersfield, United Kingdom