Next up on Tinnitist TV: Pop-rock veteran Barney Bentall.
If you’re a Canadian music fan — and really, what are you doing here if you aren’t? — you already know who he his, thanks to songs like Something to Live For, Life Could Be Worse, Crime Against Love, Come Back to Me and other hits he recorded with his band The Legendary Hearts. Well, with his latest project RanchWriters, he’s showing off a new side of his musical personality. RanchWriters features Bentall and his longtime friend Geoffrey Kelly of Spirit Of The West, and their new self-titled debut album consists of instrumentals written and recorded at Bentall’s ranch in Central B.C. It’s a tasteful, low-key affair that seems both inspired by and tailor-made for the contemplative seclusion we’ve all been dealing with lately. You can read more about it HERE. A few weeks back, Bentall Zoomed in from backstage at Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium — where he was playing in The Band tribute show The Last Waltz Remembered with the help of son Dustin, Jimmy Rankin, Colin Linden and others. When Ranking wasn’t Zoomboming the proceedings, Bentall and I talked about RanchWriters, working at home, his upcoming return to rock, his early days as Brandon Wolf and plenty more. Enjoy.