Marco Benevento’s live record, Woodstock Sessions, will release on February 17 via Woodstock Sessions/Royal Potato Family.
Recorded in one single take at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY in front of a sold out studio audience this past summer, the collection marks Benevento’s inauguration into the acclaimed series, which already includes Bad Brains, Medeski Martin & Wood + Nels Cline and Joseph Arthur among others.
The track-listing of Woodstock Sessions spans Benevento’s entire catalog. He and his band—Karina Rykman on bass and Andy Borger on drums—perform the entire 22-minute “The Story of Fred Short” suite from last year’s studio album of the same name, while “Greenpoint” from 2010’s Between Needles & Nightfall, as well as “At The Show” from Swift, are also featured.
For more than a decade, Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work with studio albums and live performances that connect the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell—a union of pulsating dance rock energy with quirky, earthy songwriting to match. Benevento’s studio LP, The Story of Fred Short, and this companion live release, Woodstock Sessions, mark some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making “bold indie rock” wrote Brooklyn Vegan, while AllMusic called it “music that disregards genres and carries an omnivorous approach.”