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Get to know country newcomer, Ben Cesare

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Ben Cesare was a hit at 2019 Country Radio Seminar, gracing radio and print media with a sneak peek into his new music. Cesare says he and his band spent last month recording at the Rukkus Room in Nashville with Grammy award-winning producer, Jamie Tate, who’s worked with Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and others who’ve had great success. Ben Cesare may be having more of the same, as Tate recently gave them the first of three songs they hope to release. The first song, “So Long Sunshine – Hello Moonshine” is about losing a love and finding a way to cope.

Cesare is from a small town just outside of Boston, Mass, but says he’s a fan of all things southern – from the barbecue and greens to the fried chicken and sweet tea. He’s also a fan of Nashville and its musical heritage. His love of music started at an early age – becoming a fan of 90’s country music and later developing a fondness for Toby Keith, Phil Vassar, and Chris Stapleton. This stands to reason as Cesare has a similar bit of soul in his voice when compared to his influences.

Last year, Cesare and the band found themselves on a radio tour throughout Iowa, Wisconson, and New England. They met some great radio folks and built a great base of fans. This year, they are excited to be coming out with new music and are once again working on a New England and Midwestern tour.

If you haven’t heard the band’s current music – the first EP came out last year titled “Cesare’s Palace.” The EP holds six songs, five of which were co-written by him and a few of his friends. The sixth song, a country-rock ballad, was co-written by country artist Lee Brice and titled “That Was a Man.”  Produced by hit songwriter Will Rambeaux, the first single from the EP, “Damn Yankee,” reached No. 81 on the Music Row charts.

As for future music, Cesare says he is absolutely “pumped” to have such a great producer in Jamie Tate and says the group is hoping for late May or early June release for new music – and he anticipates that “So Long Sunshine – Hello Moonshine” will potentially be headed for radio.

For more information on the Ben Cesare Band, visit their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.