Previously chosen by Iggy Pop to appear on The Stooges' 2007 album for his "sweet, clean, effortless American voice", Brendan Benson also draws influence from UK-based artists such as Elvis Costello, The Beatles and David Bowie. From a childhood spent on the outskirts of New Orleans, to his years in Detroit, Michigan, sojourns in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and a more recent relocation to Nashville, Tennessee, his travels have brought about an itinerant quality to his songwriting, a geographical and emotional search for somewhere to belong. His songs arrive perfectly formed, immaculate, well-polished, songs that are musical Model Ts. One of the founding members of The Raconteurs, Benson has co-written and recorded two albums with them, Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers Of The Lonely. Last year's offering, My Old, Familiar Friend, gathers together all of these influences, the Americaness, the Anglophile twist, the geography, the rock and the pop to create something truly exceptional. Recorded in Nashville and London, mixed in LA, produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Foo Fighters) and mixed by Dave Sardy (The Rolling Stones, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis) it is a marriage of passion and perfectionism.