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  1. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    November 11, 2009 by admin

    George recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon leading the house band The Roots.  In case you missed it you can view the episode here.


  2. Tavis Smiley Tonight Oct. 6 on PBS

    October 6, 2009 by admin

    Be sure to catch George on the Tavis Smiley show tonight on PBS.



  3. Who’s Hot In Hollywood – USA Today

    October 2, 2009 by admin
    Here is a spotlight piece on Songs And Stories that recently appeared in USA Today.
    Who's Hot In Hollywood

  4. Jimmy Kimmel Live Tomorrow Night, Wednesday Sep. 23!

    September 23, 2009 by admin

    Tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night (Sep. 23) to see George perform throughout the show.


  5. LA Times Review

    September 11, 2009 by admin

    George Benson’s wish-list fulfillment

    The guitarist’s latest album features songs penned by some of his favorites; Bill Withers even adds a new one.

    By Chris Barton

    August 30, 2009

    After his Grammy nomination-dappled team-up with Al Jarreau, 2006’s “Givin’ It Up,” veteran guitarist George Benson again wanted to work with artists he had long admired. This time, he decided to pay tribute to some of his favorite songwriters from the worlds of jazz and R&B, so he and bassist/co-producer Marcus Miller put together a wish list of names. 



    Tracks from many of the writers on Benson’s dream roster, including Rod Temperton, Lamont Dozier and James Taylor, appear on his new collection “Songs and Stories,” which was released Tuesday Also featured, though, is one of the artists he and Miller considered a longshot at best: Bill Withers.

    

Landing the reclusive singer-songwriter, who’s been semiretired since the ’80s, wasn’t easy.



    “We hounded him!” admitted Benson, who’s due to perform at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 10 and at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 12. “We had a nice breakfast with him one morning. . . . He came to the conclusion, ‘You know something, I haven’t done anything in years. I wouldn’t even know how to begin to approach writing today. But if I do, I’ll give you call.’

    “I had a feeling that he might,” Benson added with a laugh. “I knew it would be a privilege to work with him again and I knew he would not come up with anything ordinary.

    “

He didn’t. Withers eventually delivered the slinky ballad “A Telephone Call Away,” which in Benson’s hands became a breezy but spirited vocal duet with singer Lalah Hathaway. Granted, Benson’s butterscotch-smooth guitar tone is relegated to the sidelines on the song, to shine more light on Withers’ unique storytelling.

    

His playing, however, is at the forefront of one of the record’s standouts, a string-accented cover of Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia.” In a lengthy instrumental passage, Benson adds an elegant flourish to the song, a hit for Brook Benton in 1970.

    

”I never thought anyone would top that, and I don’t think we did either,” Benson admits. “My guitar solo I think is the thing that is my invention . . . [that] really makes the difference.

    “

Throughout the recording process, a number of Benson’s songwriting collaborators, such as Withers, Smokey Robinson and Steve Lukather, would stop by the studio to offer input. Benson said their perspectives proved invaluable.

    

”I’m getting ready to tell somebody else’s story, but I have to be authentic in the sense that I have to tell it the way that they meant it to be told,” he said. “And the only way I can get that is to go straight to the horse’s mouth.”




  6. Come In From The Cold Video

    September 10, 2009 by admin

    The making of video for Come In From The Cold is now live.  Enjoy.


  7. Twitter Fan?

    by admin

    For those of you that are fans of Twitter and are following @GBguitar, the Grammy Museum will be “tweeting” a play by play of tomorrow night’s event.  Follow @theGrammyMuseum for the updates.


  8. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight Video Uploaded

    September 4, 2009 by admin

    We just uploaded another video from the George Benson Sessions: The Making of Songs And Stories.  Enjoy.


  9. Los Angeles In Store Appearance and Signing

    September 2, 2009 by admin

    On Friday, September 11, 2009 at 7:00PM George will be appearing at Borders in Century City to promote and sign copies of his new record Songs And Stories.

    BORDERS
    10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA   90067
    310-552-1411


  10. In Store Appearance Tomorrow in Washington DC.

    August 29, 2009 by admin

    To celebrate the release of Songs And Stories, George Benson will be appearing at the Borders on 931A Capital Centre Blvd.  Largo, MD  20774 Saturday, August 29 at 5:00pm.