Benmont Tench talks Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers next album, releases solo album

By Chelsea Lewis ,

Benmont Tench is known for his keyboard playing skills in the rock 'n' roll band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers but it took him a long time to go off into his own musical direction and release a solo album.

Tench's album, You Should Be So Lucky has been a labor of love for the musician and has taken time to create.

Tench spoke with Ultimate Classic Rock about his process coming up in the music industry and how his personal musical style has evolved. "So I kept writing songs for the hell of it, but I didn't want to make record just for the sake of making a record. This time around I kinda felt like, 'Well, there's some good songs here, and I think they should exist in some way other than a demo hidden in my closet. I think they deserve to be heard," said Tench.

The album came together after many years of writing and performing but it took coming together with longtime friend and producer Glyn Johns. "Everybody was like, 'Those are good songs.' Then (producer) Glyn Johns offered to make a record together, just 'cause we're friends, and I finally took him up on it," said Tench.

Glyn Johns produced the album and this is not the first time that Tench has worked with Johns, they worked together on a Ryan Adams record and met over 20 years ago.

Tench needed a little support before he could release his solo effort. He took inspiration and encouragement from musical friends such as Jackson Browne, Blake Mills and Matt Sweeney, when working on his solo effort, Billboard reported.

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