With two acclaimed albums under his hat already, multi - award winning singer / songwriter / and outlaw storyteller Ridley Bent announces the release of his highly anticipated third album Rabbit On My Wheel (Open Road Recordings / Universal Music Canada) on June 15, 2010.
Bent’s new album reads like a collection of short stories, showcasing the Winnipeg based country artist’s keen fascination for characters whose life on the straight and narrow rarely lasts past the nearest exit to a short, crooked road. This latest effort features the lead single I Can't Turn My Back On The Bottle, which has received more than two dozen radio adds in it's first two weeks, and is officially the #1 most added Canadian single at country radio this week.
“Ridley has delivered a timeless collection of creative brilliance; a fresh album of songs perfect for the summer of 2010 and many years to come,” says Ron Kitchener, President, Open Road Recordings.
With numerous awards and accolades to his name, it is clear that Bent’s enthusiastic story telling has not gone unheard. In 2008 and 2009 he was nominated for more than 20 awards, including Canadian Country Music Association Awards, Independent Music Awards and the British Columbia Country Music Awards (BCCMA). Most humbling for Bent was the BCCMAs, winning 8 awards, including Fans Choice, Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist. Bent was also honoured at the BCCMAs with SOCAN Songwriter and Single of the Year for his sophomore album Buckles & Boots.
Recorded at Vancouver’s Factory Studios and Nashcroft Productions in Ashcroft, BC with returning producer John MacArthur Ellis (Jane Siberry, Dustin Bentall, Jeremy Fisher), Rabbit On My Wheel features several impressive collaborations, including co-writes with guitarist / songwriter Chris Dunn and a guest appearance by renowned Canadian guitarist Luke Doucet on the track Square Your Hat.
Bent spent his childhood traveling across the country and overseas as part of a military family. A true Canadian, he has lived coast to coast and in between, originally hailing from Halifax, living in Vancouver for many years, and currently residing in Winnipeg. Bent’s life experiences come alive on this latest album and since his first release, he has truly honed his sound. With Rabbit On My Wheel, Bent’s storytelling and songwriting chops are sharper than ever.
Rabbit On My Wheel has everything listeners have come to expect from Bent and more – a smoking 12 song set chock full of fast cars, fine looking ladies and fist fights that finds Bent burning through a landscape of big country skies, with one hand on the steering wheel and one eye on the bottle every mile of the way.
“Funny, incisive, witty and an exceptionally literate lyricist, and he knows how to rock out..."
– Greg Quill, The Toronto Star