01 I Feel So Good 4:050:00 / 4:05
02 Pappy 3:090:00 / 3:09
03 This Morning 2:450:00 / 2:45
0:00 / 4:21
05 Before Me 4:100:00 / 4:10
06 Creole Kitchen 2:080:00 / 2:08
0:00 / 3:38
08 So Soon 3:480:00 / 3:48
09 Load Off My Back 3:150:00 / 3:15
10 Lightnin' 2:400:00 / 2:40
0:00 / 4:26
12 Open Late 4:240:00 / 4:24
VizzTone Label Group
Before Me is the second album from brilliant young blues pianist/singer/songwriter Ben Levin, featuring performances by his musical friends and heroes Bob Margolin, Bob Corritore, and (King Records drummer)Phillip Paul.
Listening to this album, you start to think that Levin is the product of decades of long nights in dark clubs and smoky juke joints. He has that sound, a mature perspective that comes from totally immersing yourself in the music until it permeates the deepest recesses of your soul. The reality is that Ben is just finishing his first year of college. But, make no mistake his musical apprenticeship is over.
The joy he feels for the music radiates from every track, and his skillful presentation will keep you coming back for more.
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The phrase “old soul” certainly applies to Ben Levin.
Ben Levin is a 19 year old blues pianist/vocalist from Cincinnati, OH. Ben started playing professionally at age 11 with his father's band, the Heaters, and now plays 100+ gigs a year while attending the University of Cincinnati. Ben has played prestigious shows/events in the U.S. and around the world such as the Cincy Blues Fest, the LaRoquebrou (France) International Boogie and Blues Festival, the UK Boogie Fest, and the Beauforthuis festival in the Netherlands. In 2018 the Ben Levin Duo reached the semi-finals in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. In 2018 he was nominated for two awards from Blues Blast magazine: Debut CD of the year for Ben’s Blues and Sean Costello Rising Star award.
"It is remarkable that he has managed to learn much of the essence of the blues piano traditions at such a young age."
- Mark Thompson Blues Music Magazine, review of Ben’s Blues
"As soon as I heard Ben sing and play piano, in January 2018, I instantly knew “There’s one!” He’s in the “Old School” Blues club. Sure he’s an “Old Soul” and he’s “Gonna be...” but his music says he’s already there."
- Bob Margolin
"Ben Levin's got the thing! It's hard to put into words but when somebody has both the understanding and skillful execution of tradition and the joy and exuberance to make it fresh, that's the thing! Ben is already a piano master at a tender young age! I'm looking forward to watching his career blossom as a bluesman."