Gomez’s Ben Ottewell Plays the Early Show at Mercury Lounge Tonight

March 18th, 2016

Singer-songwriter Ben Ottewell is probably best known as one of the singers and lead guitarist in Gomez. But he’s also gone out on his own, releasing a pair of stellar solo studio full-lengths, Shapes & Shadows (stream it below), in 2011, and Rattlebag (stream it below), in 2014, which Guitar World noted, “Simultaneously stripped-down and lush, the album 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.” Of course, he’s also got some new tunes up his sleeve, and you just might hear them when Ottewell (above, doing “Rattlebag” at last year’s SXSW for WFUV FM) plays Mercury Lounge tonight. Fort FrancesDavid McMillin opens the show.