The Irish-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter is gearing up to release The Emigrant on 30th September via Proper Records and I’d love to grab your thoughts on it if you’ve got a minute.
Co-produced by Glover and Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) with Glover addressing the universal theme and personal challenge of immigration.
Check out the album sampler here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbmWuDSLv3E
Much like his current life, Glover's childhood in the north of Ireland had a soundtrack from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Glover paid his way across the pond by performing Irish folk ballads along with the songs of Christy Moore and The Pogues in the bars in Boston, while back home in the pubs of Ireland he was singing Dylan and Springsteen. This album explores the feelings of displacement and the struggles that come with reconciling a culture within a culture.
Considering that the world's political climate is currently rife with stories of refugees and xenophobia, Glover hopes The Emigrant offers some solace to its listeners. “I would never claim to know what it’s like to be a refugee or to have to move because your life depended on it,” he offers. “There are universal feelings, though, that all migrants experience - feelings of restlessness and a longing for something that only home, or our idea of home, can give.”
Check out the album in full here if you haven’t already: https://soundcloud.com/proper-music-distribution/sets/ben-glover-the-emigrant/s-h34YC