Ben Glover was presented with the UK Album of the Year award for his latest album Shorebound last night in Hackney at the 2019 UK Americana Awards. The award was presented to Glover by last years winner Robert Vincent who co-wrote and is featured on the song Keeper Of My Heart on Shorebound.
Ben Glover commented on receiving the award “I am absolutely honoured and grateful for the award! Shorebound was a very special album for me as it was a collaboration with my closets musical friends from both sides of the Atlantic. Huge thanks to the Americana Music Association UK for this, it is without a doubt one of the proudest moments of my career.”
Prior to receiving the award, Ben performed Kindness from the album in front of the packed out Hackney Empire.
Collaboration has long filled Glover’s career including co-writing the Americana Music Association UK’s 2017 International Song of the Year (“Blackbirds”) with Gretchen Peters. Playing well with others is something Glover both excels at and enjoys. He joins forces with friends on both sides of the Atlantic for Shorebound, including Peters, Ricky Ross (frontman and songwriter from Scottish rockers Deacon Blue), Mary Gauthier, Kim Richey, Angel Snow, Robert Vincent, Amy Speace, Anthony Toner, and others.
Not only does Shorebound pull together Glover’s favourite musical collaborators, it also culls his best life lessons. Where previous albums Atlantic and The Emigrant witnessed him searching for his place in the world, geographically and otherwise, Shorebound finds him more settled, within himself, his career, and his two hometowns of Glenarm, N.Ireland, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Shorebound review highlights:
“Mesmerising collection of Blues, Folk & Americana from a real musician’s musician” – Maverick Magazine ★★★★★ (5 stars)
“something quietly outstanding… songs that slide effortlessly from the performer into the listener’s ears.” – Country Music Magazine ★★★★ (4 stars)
“Shorebound is a remarkable collaboration in which Ben Glover’s natural ability to draw out the individual qualities of each artist has resulted in an album that defines today’s Americana.” – NoDepression
“Outstanding collaborations and solo songs from fast-rising Northern Irish Americana exponent. ‘Shorebound’ is superbly crafted and establishes Glover in the next phase of his career.” – Americana UK (9/10)
“The resulting recording is one that oozes confidence and skill. The production is assured, the playing excellent and the singing at points very beautiful. This is a worthy piece of work from a class act.” – Folk Radio
“‘Shorebound’ is a force of musical nature, a sabre of both light and dark. If water is life then Shorebound is over-flowing with strong, memorable songs – and is a credit to all who contributed. Long may she sail.” – Folk & Tumble