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Reviews of BEAUTY’S AT THE MERCY OF THIS WORLD

Beauty's at the Mercy of this World

Produced by Tom Benjamin

&  Suzee Waters Benjamin

SOULO Records, 1999

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TOM BENJAMIN is a songwriter, singer, musician, and professor of education and songwriting who has been mesmerized by the power of a song for as long as he can remember. It was this desire to write songs that led Tom to Nashville in the 70's. As a songwriter back in those days, Tom made the rounds on Music Row eventually writing for several publishers as well as performing either solo or with his band at all the local clubs that catered to original music.


Tom worked as drummer on & off the road until the early 80's when he first recorded as a solo artist with RCA Records. Tom later performed with the Benjamin Waters Band, formed with his wife Suzee Waters. The Benjamin Waters Band recorded for Crazy Mama Records, with J. J. Cale's producer, Audie Ashworth. It was a great band. Tom remembers the good music and great friendships all centered around writing songs.


After years of typical music business ups and downs, extensive road gigs, odd jobs, life style changes, and an ever growing catalog of great songs, Tom headed for the studio in the summer of '98 and began working on a CD of his original songs, Beauty's at the Mercy of this World. It seemed long overdue but worth the wait. This album, co-produced with Suzee Waters Benjamin, is an eclectic mix of folk and rock while preserving the essence of Tom's acoustic based songwriting. The result is an album of thirteen of Tom's songs finely crafted and deeply felt. His true-to-life lyrics without an ounce of pretense, exhibit graceful simplicity and honest emotion in a folk/rock style with a little blues and country mixed in.

Tom Benjamin's, BEAUTY’S AT THE MERCY OF THIS WORLD, exhibits graceful simplicity and honest emotion...an everyman aspect to his work that guarantees appeal at every angle.  A folk style with a little blues and country mixed in...a gentility that brings to mind Jesse Colin Young.  True-to-life lyrics without an ounce of pretense.  Finding this recording is worth the search.
                                                                                           MRQ (Music Reviews Quarterly)

I've been a fan of Tom Benjamin for twenty years.   I've been waiting for this record for a long time. Every track was worth the wait. Great writing...Great record!
                                                                                                        Kevin Welch, Singer/Songwriter

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