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Ben Watt

Ben Watt - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

With a music career spanning over three decades, Ben Watt might be best known as half of the influential folk-turned-electronic duo Everything But The Girl, but he's accomplished far more over the years. After Watt and his longtime partner (later wife) Tracey Thorn decided to move on from Everything But The Girl to focus on family and solo projects, Watt founded the dance and house label Buzzin' Fly and toured the world as a club DJ. Most recently, he published his second memoir, Romany and Tom, a heartbreaking, empathetic but steely-eyed study of his parents, a jazz musician and a journalist. Also, after a gap of over 30 years since his own 1981 debut, North Marine Drive, Watt has released another solo album, Hendra, working with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and producer Ewan Pearson. Watt and Butler recently stopped by Studio A to perform songs from Hendra and they discussed the album, Ben's memoir and the emotional bridge between the two. 
 

Ben Watt: Five Essential Albums

by Kara Manning
Ben Watt (photo: Edward Bishop, courtesy of the artist)

Yes, it took Ben Watt over 30 years to release his second solo album, Hendra, but he has a perfectly fine excuse. Following the release of 1983's North Marine Drive, Watt immersed himself in Everything But the Girl with longtime partner (and now wife) Tracey Thorn, ran two record labels, toured the globe as a club DJ and wrote two critically-acclaimed memoirs.

Tracey Thorn On 'Tinsel And Lights' (And Boxing Day Quizzes): WFUV Interview

by Kara Manning

Throughout her career — from Marine Girls to Everything But The Girl to her solo work — Tracey Thorn has quietly rebelled and diverted from predicatable routes. While a Christmas album of mostly covers might sound like a surprising choice for her, especially for a fourth solo record, the unconventional path Thorn has chosen for her beautiful new release, Tinsel and Lights, is evergreen, extending far beyond the holiday season and edging its way towards spring.