Photo by Emily Sevin
Electronic Press Kit
About the Band
Laura Benitez and the Heartache use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Their songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood ("Me or the Baby") to mean drunks ("Don't Wake the Devil"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between. Their twangy honesty shines through in straightforward arrangements, crystalline harmonies, and spare instrumentation. Beware their catchy hooks and sweet melodies - these stray puppy tunes will follow you home and become your most steadfast companions.
The band generated a lot of buzz with its November 2014 release of "Heartless Woman," the second album by singer/songwriter Laura Benitez and her first album with The Heartache (her earlier solo record, "For Duty or For Love," was released 2010). Benitez won an Honorable Mention for her as yet unpublished song, "Our Remember Whens" in the American Songwriter Magazine's lyric contest for January of 2016. Laura Benitez & the Heartache's much praised new album, "With All Its Thorns," is now available!
Praise for "With All Its Thorns"
"With All Its Thorns shows Benitez and company claiming their place in a competitive genre in which success is often secured by those who can best reconcile emulation and originality; i.e., 'making it new,' but not too new. This has been the golden formula for Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson, and Margo Price, among others. Benitez and the Heartache strike their own persuasive balance, offering songs that will engage conventionalists and hybridists alike; in the process, honing an undeniable presence that, with time, will only grow more finely tuned."
- John Amen, No Depression
"What a lovely sense of ease Benitez has. She makes familiar form sound fresh, no mean achievement at this point in the so-called roots movement."
- Lloyd Sachs, author of T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit
"A breath of fresh air kind of record that makes a new sound out of a collection of the tried and true. Rollicking Americana/country with traces of Tex-Mex and gulf coast in the mix, Benitez has simple songs that are appreciated for their directness that cuts to the chase. And the band cooks right along in the groove. Sweet stuff that we need more of. Well done. "
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"The latest project by Laura Benitez and the Heartache entitled 'With All Its Thorns' is old time country music the way it should be played. Her vocal ability is unsurpassed and she yells out to you, 'Listen to me, I have something important to say' and she gets her message across. Her original material and the superb musicianship of her band takes you back to the 50's. This project will not disappoint you! A must have for your musical library. On a scale of 1 to 10 this is definitely a 10!"
- Al Shusterman, "Backroads Bluegrass" KUBU Radio
"Laura Benitez And The Heartache’s follow up to Heartless Woman is extraordinarily strong, dominating, persuasive and superbly captured..."
- Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision
American Songwriter Lyric Contest Jan/Feb 2016
Honorable Mention - "Our Remember Whens"
No Depression Review
Midwest Record Review
Blue Suede News Review
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