Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm

Album: Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm (2011)
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  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich (Born September 4, 1989) is an English singer-songwriter from York. Leftwich began playing music at the age of ten and grew up listening to The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone before discovering such singer-songwriters as Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, and Elliott Smith. He decided to use his middle name as part of his stage moniker as he felt Ben Leftwich was "a bit too snappy."
  • This is the title track from his debut studio album, which was released on July 3, 2011 in the United Kingdom. Leftwich explained the song's meaning in an interview with The Sun: "It's a reference to that moment of quiet before the storm. That moment of being chilled before everything happens, which is a reference to the state of mind I was in before making the record."
  • Leftwich told Gigwise why he named the LP after this track. "It was do to with the fact that it was the last song written for the album," he explained, "that last piece of the puzzle before things kick off. The song and particularly its title encapsulated that and so it made sense to name the album after it."

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