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CMT's Next Superstar Contestant Ben Smith - Pendulum Review

  • Apr 17, 2011
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I was watching CMT's Next Superstar when I first saw Ben Smith.  I was impressed with his singing ability only to watch him get eliminated that same night.  I checked out his site and instantly went to get a copy of his CD.

Ben's story begins in the seat of a Massey-Ferguson 282 tractor in the bottomlands of the Red River Valley. One day, at the age of sixteen, he had a farming accident where the tractor flipped over onto a barbed wire fence, and Ben got pinned underneath 6,000 lbs of metal, rubber, and fuel. Miraculously, he walked away that day with only a few scratches and an injured (but unbroken) back.

The next morning, Ben's breakfast tasted better than anything he'd ever tasted. He went to church with his family, but as the pastor woefully began with, "Let us remember that we are wicked and ask forgiveness for our sins," all Ben could think was, "Let's thank God that we're alive!"

Two years later, Ben discovered a way to keep that kind of excitement alive as the chords of a guitar pressed to his chest seemed to resonate through his bones. Around the same time, he discovered his singing voice while driving long, monotonous miles in his radio-less pick-up truck.

Over the next few years, Ben honed his skills performing in college bars and other venues while earning a forestry degree at Texas A&M University. Since then, Ben's path has been been strewn with adventure, music, hardship, and late nights as an inner confidence and strong will carry him through this unfinished story. (via BenSmithBand.com)

That brings us to this amazing CD!  Through his life experiences, Ben has been through plenty to write about.  One thing that stands out on this CD is that you can tell he isn't trying to please a record company exec, he is just being himself!  The CD is full of feel good music that you tap your feet to.  Every song was either written or co-written by Ben himself!  Every song is equally amazing and picking only two to write about was a hard choice!
  • "Shuck N' Jive" starts off with the feeling that you are listening to an old radio.   Then it picks up into a fun-upbeat feel good song.  It has you feeling like your right at the shuck n jive with Ben.  Dancing is all you will want to do when you hear this song with the kick ass beat!
  • "Lullaby" is definitely the stand out track on this CD!  The song is about a girl who has a lonely heart.  Every night she cries, but love will turn it all around eventually.  Overtime she just loses trust and the only thing left is love.  "Love won't give out - won't you listen to my lullaby?"  There is no way to listen to this song without feeling the emotions that Ben is able to evoke.  If there is any song from the CD that you should download, it is this one for sure!  For 99 cents you cannot beat that price!
Go to iTunes right now and download Ben Smith's Pendulum.  New talent like this doesn't come around everyday!  If the right label picked him up and promoted a little, he would be the CMT's Next Superstar.  He may not be on the show anymore, but his talent is still there!  Be sure to not lose this gem.

For more on Ben Smith go to BenSmithBand.com or check out his Facebook here.

Scotty B.
Twitter: @stupidkid2150
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