Premiere: Trumpeter Ben Holmes releases new single, ’43 Dollars, A Smile and Bulls**t’

On April 24, trumpeter and composer Ben Holmes is set to release his new album Naked Lore on Chant Records.

Fronting a trio that features guitarist Brad Shepik (Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley) and percussionist Shane Shanahan (Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass) Holmes imagined his third album as “a soundtrack to the folk stories your grandparents vowed to forget”.

A dynamic and expressive program of chamber jazz, Naked Lore comprises nine original compositions that explore folkloric themes drawing from the forgotten chants and rites of ancient history.  

Today, The Music and Myth premieres the trio’s new single, “43 Dollars, A Smile and Bulls**t”. You can listen to the track below:

Pre-order Naked Lore on Bandcamp and check out Ben’s work at

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