Songs from THE LION, the debut full-length record from award-winning American singer/songwriter, guitar player and playwright Benjamin Scheuer,is out June 3 via Paper Music/ADA. The Bluegrass Situation is celebrating the upcoming release with a full-album stream at http://bit.ly/1sITyzV.
Scheuer will also mark the album release by hosting a one-night-only gallery show with photographer/collaborator Riya Lerner at the Leslie Lohman Prince St. Project Space in New York City on June 7, featuring images from the pair’s limited edition 2014 artist book Between Two Spaces. The event runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with free admission; 50 percent of all proceeds from the show’s sales will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. On June 10, Scheuer will perform at the Rubin Museum of Art’s “Naked Soul” ConcertSeries in NYC. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1Sqadnu.
Songs from THE LION—available now for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon—features music from Scheuer’s critically acclaimed one-man musical memoir THE LION, which has played sold-out runs off-Broadway, in London, and at theatres around the United States. THE LION recently celebrated its 200th performance of the National Tour. Scheuer wrote Songs from THE LION as he was playing gigs around his hometown of New York City. “I was singing about my dad, who died when I was thirteen. Singing about a romantic relationship I was in that went well until it went bad. Singing about my diagnosis with, treatment for, and cure of advanced stage cancer.”
Scheuer goes on to elaborate, “Record producer Geoff Kraly and I decided that we wanted the production on Songs from THE LION to fulfill the same purpose that the lighting, set design, directing, acting, costume design and all that stuff fulfills in the theatre show. In many ways, this album sounds the way I hear the songs in my head while I’m performing THE LION in a theatre.”
The record features performances from drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails) and bassist Chris Morrissey (Sara Bareilles), was engineered by Grammy Award-winner Pat Dillett (Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne, Nile Rodgers) and mixed in part by Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, David Bowie).