Benji Cossa and the Tightens

by Benji Cossa

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You need to hear this. Benji Cossa is gentle master of song, and the Tightens, an assembly of SBR all stars, high rollers and in-demand musical killers, are his tight, hot 70s-styled rock and country backing band.

On this record, his 4th full length release for SBR in two years, Benji assembles the Tightens, a backing band of monumental proportions, a band with sterling credentials, a band comprised of Serious Business all-stars, and he takes you, the careful listener, on a country-fueled, 70s-styled musical joy-ride through the heart of man.

Benji's songs have never been driven by such power! On one fruitful weekend in January of 2008, a seven-piece band called the Tightens recorded six of Benji's freshest items live-to-2" tape. The rest of the record was fleshed out through informal one-offs, one of which is a collaboration with The Two Man Gentlemen Band.

credits

released October 21, 2008

Benji Cossa and the Tightens
The Tightens:
Benji Cossa
Josh Kaufman
Annie Nero
Eric Jackson
Brian Kantor
Gerald Menke
Travis Harrison
The Two Man Gentlemen Band: Andy Bean and the Councilman Fuller Condon
Geoff Mann's Hornets: Matt Moon & Eric Biondo

Produced, mixed, recorded by Travis Harrison. Track 2 recorded by Halsey Quemere. All at Serious Business Music, NYC
Mastered by Richard Morris @ Masterdisk, NYC

Side A:
Volcano
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
Annie Nero: bass
Brian Kantor: drums
Eric Jackson: electric guitar
Josh Kaufman: piano
Gerald Menke: pedal steel
Travis Harrison: tambo
Geoff Mann: Horn arrangement
Matt Moon: sax
Eric Biondo: trumpet

18 Months
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
The Councilman Fuller Condon: upright bass, backing singing
Andy Bean: 4 string plectrum banjo (America's favorite instrument), backing singing

Drag You Away
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
Annie Nero: bass
Brian Kantor: drums
Eric Jackson: electric guitar
Josh Kaufman: piano
Gerald Menke: pedal steel
Travis Harrison: tambo

Under the Same Blue Sky
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
Annie Nero: bass
Brian Kantor: drums
Eric Jackson: electric guitar
Josh Kaufman: piano
Gerald Menke: pedal steel
Travis Harrison: tambo

Monument
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, accordion, singing
Annie Nero: bass
Brian Kantor: drums
Eric Jackson: electric guitar
Josh Kaufman: piano, Wurlitzer
Travis Harrison: tambo

Side B:
Indian Princess
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
Annie Nero: bass, backing singing
Brian Kantor: drums, backing singing
Eric Jackson: electric guitar, backing singing
Josh Kaufman: piano, backing singing
Gerald Menke: pedal steel
Travis Harrison: tambo

Haley's Comet
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
Eric Jackson: trombone
Travis Harrison: cymbals

So Good
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
Annie Nero: bass
Brian Kantor: drums
Eric Jackson: electric guitar
Josh Kaufman: piano
Travis Harrison: tambo
Geoff Mann: Horn arrangement
Matt Moon: sax
Eric Biondo: trumpet

In Dew Time
Benji Cossa: acoustic guitar, singing
Josh Kaufman: piano, backing singing

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