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    "remarkable to say the least”   (Maverick Magazine)

    "roots-rock and modern blue-collar country certain to be champing at the bit for radio play both here and in the US"   (Rock 'n'Reel Magazine)

    "the best voice for country outside of America”   (Dan Walsh - premier UK banjo player).

     

     

     

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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015
    The River EP

    My new EP is due out on the 27th February and you can pre order yours now for just £6! Just click on SHOP at the top of the page and your cd will be ready for shipping free of charge come the release date.

    Alternatively, if you'd rather buy one in person I'm hosting an EP launch at The County pub in South Shields (34 Sunderland Road NE33 4UU) on the night of the 27th February and you're all invited to attend! I have 2 fantastic support acts lined up and it promises to be a fantastic night's entertainment so it would be great to see you there!

    Catch you soon,

    Tony x

     

    Jan 17, 2015 @ 3:47 AM | 0 comment(s)


    SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014
    New Guitarist

     Hi everyone!

    We've got a few gigs over the spring and summer, the first of which sees Matthew make his band debut at the Cumberland Arms in Newcastle, on the 29th of May. It'd be fantastic if we could fill the place to give him a great welcome into the band and a fantastic first gig!

    We've also been really lucky in that the awesome SKYLARK SONG have agreed to support us for that one so it promises to be a belter night of folk and country! The entry is £6 and doors are 7.30pm.

    See you there?

    Tony x

    Apr 26, 2014 @ 3:21 PM | 0 comment(s)


    FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
    New Website

     Hi there!

    Well we've been hard at it finding a new guitarist recently - sadly Paul had to leave us due to health reasons and we wish him all the best as he continues to pursue his studio recording career!

    As for the band I am now able to tell you we're mid rehearsals with a great guitarist called Matthew Ord. As you may have noticed the site's been down for a couple of weeks while we rehashed a few things and this site has now become the BAND SITE!! Same old same old really but we're hoping to incorporate more of what's going on as a unit rather than just have me blithering on at you about solo gigs...

    I hope to have news for you soon about a new recording we're working on and as soon as we get Matthew up to speed we'll be attacking a venue near you I can assure you 

    Bye for now! T.

    Mar 28, 2014 @ 5:03 AM | 0 comment(s)


    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013
    Videos

    Check out the videos here we've just posted of "Sleep" and NEW SONG "Sometimes a Man"! Don't forget to let us know what you think!! Tony x

    Oct 17, 2013 @ 3:41 PM | 2 comment(s)


    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012
    No Depression Review

    Surprise after surprise from Geordie Singer-Songwriter

    As many of you reading this will no doubt know; it’s a tough life being a musician, especially Singer-Songwriters who don’t live in the Metropolis; but I’m glad many still persevere, otherwise I’d never have discovered this little gem from Tony Bengtsson.

    Sadly I still ‘judge books by their covers’ and the artwork can colour my judgement before I’ve even heard a word; but Tony had my attention as soon as I unwrapped the professional looking cover and read the bits and bobs inside the gate fold sleeve.

    Then of course, there is always the opening track which can influence my opinion – in this instance Liability left my flabber well and truly gasted! It’s a great song about the break up of a relationship with Bengtsson’s grizzled; but soft voice holding me captive and listening intently to every word until I was rooting for the guy by the end.

    Tony appears to have had something of a checkered love life if his songs are anything to go by; but I’m pleased, because it means he gets to put his feelings down on paper; and in that respect he is a very talented man and lucky to be such a capable wordsmith.

    Probably the finest song on the album, Rebecca could be about a lover or perhaps a child that he has to leave behind; but whichever it is the result is wonderful and well worth hearing.

    Tony even does self-pity very well, with The Fire striking a raw nerve every time I hear it and It’s Wrong ploughs an odd furrow as the man refuses to go back to the woman as she only wants him because she’s ‘lonely.’ A very nice twist, I thought.

    What more can you ask for? A very well produced album of well written songs that nicely straddle the Folk/Americana fence and the musicianship throughout is extraordinary, especially Dan Walsh on the banjo.

     

    You can read the review here - www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/tony-bengtsson-snake-in-the-woodpile-cd

    Dec 11, 2012 @ 9:55 PM | 0 comment(s)


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