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Benmont Tench On World Cafe | March 7, 2014

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Benmont Tench, who plays those perfect piano lines and organ fills as a member of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, has just released a solo album. It's called You Should Be So Lucky and contains 10 originals that Tench has been saving up, sometimes for years and sometimes just for a few weeks, before finally recording them with Don Was.

On this installment of World Cafe, Tench discusses how he started playing with Petty — he quit college to play in Mudcrutch, the original Petty band — and describes his desire to grow, which has led him to sit in with younger L.A. musicians like Jonathan Wilson and Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek. And, of course, he performs new songs live in the studio.

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Tracklisting:

(( )) for interlude music

Eurythmics “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” Be Yourself Tonight
Nickel Creek “Destination” A Dotted Line
Mumford & Sons “The Cave” Sigh No More
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Don’t Do Me Like That” Damn the Torpedoes
Blitzen Trapper “Thirsty Man” VII
((Typhoon “Young Fathers” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Benmont Tench “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Benmont Tench “You Should Be So Lucky” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Benmont Tench “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Bob Dylan “It Takes a Lot to Laugh” Highway 61 Revisited
Elbow “New York Morning” The Take Off & Landing of Everything
Dawes “From a Window Seat” Stories Don’t End
((Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “American Girl” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers))
Grant Lee Buffalo “Fuzzy” Fuzzy
St. Vincent “Prince Johnny” St. Vincent
Sly & the Family Stone “Family Affair” Anthology
Ray Lamontagne “Supernova” Supernova
Death Cab for Cutie “Cath” Narrow Stairs
Asgeir “King and Cross” In the Silence
((Pretty Lights “Witness” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Hurray for the Riff Raff “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Right)” Small Town Heroes
John Hiatt “Memphis in the Meantime” Bring the Family
Vampire Weekend “Unbelievers” Modern Vampires of the City
Incan Abraham “Concorde” Tolerance
((The War on Drugs “Show Me the Coast” Wagonwheel Blues))
The Hold Steady “Spinners” Teeth Dreams
The Clash “Hitsville U.K.” Sandinista
Santigold “Lights Out” Creator/L.E.S. Artistes
Talking Heads “I Wish You Wouldn’t Say That” Revenge of the Killer B’s
((Of Montreal “Fugitive” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))