Ben Glover – Sweet Wild Lily

EP Review | Proper Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

I imagine the overriding desire to maintain momentum in these difficult times is stronger than usual, a time to ponder on the future, focus on direction and to tie up all those loose ends.  Under normal circumstances the County Antrim-born singer songwriter Ben Glover, now very much a key player on the Nashville scene, would focus on a short but intense recording schedule, yet in lock down, he seems to have taken his time over these four songs, a couple of which were written some time ago, and it certainly shows.

Those two songs were co-written by long time collaborator Gretchen Peters, which Glover lays down with sensitivity and grace, not least the stunning “Arguing with Ghosts”, which features Kim Richey and Matraca Berg on backing vocals and some slick electric guitar runs courtesy of Colm McLean, notes literally sent from Belfast to Nashville with love.  “Broke Down”, also co-written by Peters, sees Glover reveal a potential show stopper for future concerts, which can’t come soon enough for all of us.  While the tender love song “Sweet Wild Lily” opens this EP, featuring a little help from Megan McCormick, the four songs conclude with “Fireflies Dancing”, written in the few minutes after witnessing a Busby Berkeley dance display of the creatures from the vantage point of a back porch on a hot July Mississippi night.  Evocative stuff.