WTF Podcast

Episode 495 - Benmont Tench

Where would we all be without Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers? It’s hard for Marc to imagine his life without them and it’s hard to imagine Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers without Benmont Tench. Marc talks to the Heartbreaker’s co-founder and keyboardist about the signature sound he helped develop, the friendship he started with Tom Petty when they were both little kids, and the music he’s made with countless other legendary artists. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries

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  • 16 Comments


TOMMY HAWK May 08, 2014 at 8:37 am


Hey, pal. You know what you did.
Now Showing: The projecting Marc Maron

kellykellykelly May 08, 2014 at 6:14 pm


Benmont is a cool fucking dude.

Scoe May 08, 2014 at 6:34 pm


Very thoughtful indeed. BT has some deep soul and it translates thru his playing. As for Mudcrutch, they reunited for a recording of their original tunes from the 70’s in 2008. The LP is quite good. Surprised he didn’t mention it in the interview.

Adam May 08, 2014 at 7:33 pm


Great show. Enjoyed Benmont and some of the albums mentioned.
Fleetwood Mac - Boston has some of the best blues and jams I’ve heard in a while.

Paulucio May 08, 2014 at 8:47 pm


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54SdxmRHV6U

Josh Peters May 09, 2014 at 10:45 am


Wow! What a great interview, Marc! So good, the time flew by. I couldn’t believe you were wrapping it up. At any rate, the show has been outstanding lately and I thank you for delving into so many musician interviews. All fascinating. Thanks, man!
And @midnight was not a mistake. I thought you were brilliant on there.

VinceM May 09, 2014 at 11:39 am


Loved the interview, Marc. As for Allen Toussaint recommendations, I would check out Allen’s self-titled album “Toussaint”, which came out in 1971. Every song is brilliant, and Dr. John’s guitar and organ are all over it.

Kevin Kolb May 09, 2014 at 1:44 pm


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rumbles May 09, 2014 at 2:41 pm


Great show. Love Benmont. I could’ve listened to another few hours of Marc and Ben shootin’ the shit. Good, good stuff.

happychenier May 09, 2014 at 6:14 pm


good interview..mm’s peter green fix, good by me..good stuff

cheers

Stuart May 10, 2014 at 1:09 am


Quite frankly man, you need to step it up. Not since your Dunham interview have I really cared about the content or the guest (Isbell’s song was good though). This show is at its best when you’re interviewing screwed up people with great stories. You’re slipping into mediocrity. You’d be better off with a monologue than some of these lame guests of late. C’mon dude. Bring it, like only you can.

Scott May 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm


I just watched Marc’s Conan appearance.  Fucking great!

Easily my favorite of all the ones I have seen.  So funny.

Smitty May 11, 2014 at 5:23 am


don’t snicker at tambourine playing,Marc.  it’s basically a frame drum,and has a deep and profound tradition. with variation in size and design,they can be found from the UK, to Brazil,the mid-East, and other parts of the globe.  just check out what Brazilian cats can do on a Pandeiro,a crisper dryer,less sustained tone than a tambourine.

Smitty May 11, 2014 at 5:57 am


this was killer… Tom Petty, one of my favs of all time,nice to know about the man behind the killer organ sound of the band.

Gabriel Daigle May 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm


Great show.  Loved Benmont’s attitude and passion for what he does.  I’ll be playing some early Petty today. Your shows with musical guests are always my favorites because I can really hear your joy and excitement for music coming through.  Just a great back and forth between the two of you.

swac June 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm


“Not since your Dunham interview…”

For a second there I was kicking myself for missing a WTF with Marc grilling Jeff Dunham.