Kesha, via her Instagram feed
The singer Kesha’s duet with Ben Folds of Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me, Babe at the Billboard Music Awards on May 25 has generated more than its share of publicity for both musicians.
It’s not just about the duet and the song, but rather the drama surrounding Kesha and her current disagreement with her former manager, Dr. Luke. Luke originally gave approval for Kesha’s performance at the event, but threatened to revoke it if she continued pursuing legal remedies against him. Rallying to her cause, Folds has been supportive of Kesha, who he has been friends with since 2010.
The performance, incident and ensuing brouhaha has attracted much media attention including these articles: (more…)
A gala celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Nashville Symphony’s Schermerhorn Center will feature Ben Folds performing his 21-minute concerto for piano and orchestra.
The September 10 opening night to begin the Symphony’s 2016-17 season features Folds’ three-movement work, co-commissioned by the Symphony, which Nashville Scene’s John Pitcher describes as
a proudly and overtly derivative piece, sounding like the music of Prokofiev one minute, and Gershwin the next. But Folds’ own idiosyncratic style, which he describes as “piano for left-handed drummer,” always comes through, providing this glistening work with a welcome degree of thrust.
After leasing the iconic recording studio for fourteen years, Ben Folds has announced that he is passing Nashville’s former RCA Studio A over to renowned music producer Dave Cobb.
The transition is expected to take place in April. Folds expects to devote more time to his successful touring, most recently with the New York sextet yMusic, and other projects.
Folds won’t be a stranger to Studio A, however. He’ll continue to use the space, and his management team, which also oversees day-to-day operations, will remain in offices at the studio.
Folds, as you may recall, led an eleventh-hour effort to save the historic recording space from the wrecking ball in 2014. (more…)
A re-release on vinyl of Ben Folds’ 2001 debut solo album Rockin’ the Suburbs is due out in February, and a solo tour later in 2016 is in the early planning stages.
A listing by independent music retailer Bullmoose shows the album set for a February 26 release date for the two-disc set at a list price of $39.99. The pressing will be on 180-gram yellow vinyl and will include Hiro’s Song, the bonus track from the original vinyl release and the Japanese CD. It’s being released by ORG Music, which also re-released the Ben Folds Five album Whatever and Ever Amen.
Following the symphonic tours in the first few months of 2016, Ben has decided to do some solo shows that will showcase some of the hits from Suburbs as well as assorted newer material. The tour is still being put together, so keep an eye out for dates and locations. (more…)
The Ben Folds-yMusic juggernaut rolls on into 2016, with the previously-announced tour of the United Kingdom in June, and new dates in the United States and Canada in April and May.
Shows featuring Folds and the Brooklyn-based sextet are at a variety of halls and theatres ranging from small standing-only clubs to grand auditoriums including the Kennedy Center. The tour visits a number of rarely, or never-before, visited cities including Montreal, where Ben last performed in June of 1997, and Hampton, New Hampshire, a small seaside resort town with about fifteen thousand residents.
A feature of the tour is the availability of a limited number of Soundcheck packages at a premium price (somewhere north of $200 per ticket), but which include admission to the pre-show sound check, seating in the first few rows, a pre-show cocktail reception and a post-show meet & greet, an autographed So There CD and a signed print of one of Ben’s original black and white photographs. (more…)