Detroit-based singer/songwriter/rocker Brendan Benson has an as-yet-untitled third studio album finished and is eager to see it hit shelves. However, speaking via his website and in no great detail, he revealed that "certain (boring) circumstances have delayed it's release." But don't worry, Brendan's not just sitting around drinking beer, eating Cheetos and getting fat. He's keeping busy with a couple of different side projects. For starters, he has been working with Jack White and members of the Greenhorns on a few songs with the hopes of putting out some sort of record. He's also working with Dean Fertita of the Waxwings on a side project called The Stiff Tissues, and hopes to release an album under that moniker as well. Additionally, Benson has revealed that he'll be filling in on guitar for his Waxwings buddies on the band's East Coast tour stint this month.
We'll let you know as soon as StarTime sets a date for the new Brendan Benson album. I hope it's very soon. At least I hope Isaac sends me an advance! Read Brendan's letter to fans in its entirety below:
Hi everyone. Let me start by apologizing for neglecting this website for so long. That's all changing now. My plan is to keep you in as much of the loop as I can. Admittedly I'm hopeless though when it comes to this sort of thing. I'm also sorry that it's been so long since the last record. It was always my intention to have a new one out quickly in hopes that I might redeem myself of the irritatingly long period between records one and two. And actually this new record, which is as of yet untitled, has been finished and chomping at the bit for quite some time now, but certain (boring) circumstances have delayed it's release. There are some details to sort out before a date can be set. I assure you though it's well worth the wait. In the meantime I've been working with Jack White and Patrick and Lil' Jack from the Greenehorns on some songs. Maybe, schedules permitting, we'll put a record out. Also I've been working with Dean from the Waxwings on some stuff-another "side project" which we call The Stiff Tissues. A sort of "anything goes" approach to music. Hopefully we'll also get a record out. Speaking of the Waxwings. I'll be filling in on guitar for them on their east coast tour in July and maybe some west coast dates in August. I've got to get out of the house and as it happens they lost a member (tragically to marriage) and need a replacement. So it works out well. And finally I'd like to apologize for any mispelled words or incomprehensible sentence structure found herein and henceforth. I'm certain my typing and letter writing skills shall improve in time. Later. BB