Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Ben Rector Showcases His Diverse Tastes With Shania Twain, Lil Dicky & More
Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Singer-songwriter Ben Rector released his seventh LP, Magic, on June 22, another dynamic pop album that sees the 31-year-old singing his heart out and bringing the feel-good vibes. But while Rector has such a defined piano-based sound, he actually enjoys just about every genre -- so when putting together a playlist, he decided to get as honest as possible about his diverse tastes.
"I feel like most of the time artists put together playlists, it’s curated to be something specific, either super themed or it’s the coolest stuff they’ve been listening to," Rector says. "These are the songs I’ve been listening to actually, not edited to be cool and obscure -- just songs I’ve found myself enjoying lately."
Rector clearly puts no boundaries on what he listens to, featuring country, hip-hop and even The Lion King theme song on his 15-track playlist. There's also artists old and new: He features country legend Shania Twain's "You're Still the One" and recent CMA Award nominee Kacey Musgraves' "Space Cowboy," as well as hip-hop great Big Boi's "All Night" and Lil Dicky's latest viral hit "Freaky Friday."
Along with the names that are immediately recognizable, Rector also shouts out some of his fellow singer-songwriters, such as Gabe Dixon and Theo Katzman. One of the highlights is "People Get Old" by Grammy-winning country songwriter Lori McKenna, who Rector commends for writing songs that "feel familiar but so fresh, and it’s always connected to such deep and familiar emotions and sentiments." He also commends newcomer Josie Dunne's "Old School" for being "everything I want from a pop song: so much character in her delivery, clever lyrics, efficient production."
There's plenty more for Rector's fans to dive into, including tracks by Francis & the Lights, Dawes, Elise Davis, Steve Winwood and even a podcast thrown in the mix (In The Dark, which is available here). Check out Ben Rector's "Honest" playlist and his upcoming tour dates below.
Magic: The Tour Dates
9/19 - Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
9/20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/21 - Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
9/22 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
9/26 - New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
9/27 - Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
9/28 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/4 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
10/5 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
10/6 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
10/7 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
10/19 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/20 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/21 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/25 - Knoxville, TN @ The Mill and Mine
10/26 - Knoxville, TN @ The Mill and Mine
10/27 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/28 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
11/1 - Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre
11/2 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
11/3 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy
11/5 - Greenville, SC @ Peace Center
11/8 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/9 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/10 - Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
11/15 - Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
11/16 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
11/17 - Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory