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Soundgardens Ben Shepherd prepares solo disc

by Otto Man

SOUNDGARDEN bassist Ben Shepherd will release his debut solo album "In Deep Owl", on August 27. Shepherd, born Hunter Benedict Shepherd, is going by his initials HBS for this project. Regarding the CD title, Shepherd told Bass Player magazine: "That's an old nickname for the neighborhood where I hang out" and added: "[The album] was done before SOUNDGARDEN returned to doing anything, and then it was put on the back burner." The disc features guest appearances by SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron and former PEARL JAM drummer Matt Chamberlain. The first song off the album, "Baron Robber", can be streamed in the rock report blog.   

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