Shaker Steps and Common Folk Music Presents Ben de la Cour

ben de la cour

Common Folk Music is coming together with Shaker Steps to present one of my personal favorites, Ben de la Cour. When I think of folk music, I think of troubadours, and when I think of troubadours I think of Ben. Never staying in one place too long and never setting down roots, Ben is a bona fide folk singer. If you don’t know his story, here’s a quick overview: Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but with a restless spirit and wanderlust Ben has lived in Havana, Paris, London, and New Orleans working a string of various jobs from amateur boxer to heavy metal singer to agricultural worker making him the “real deal” when it comes to the image of a true folk singer. However, it’s not just my imagination or his life that makes him a true folk singer, it’s his voice and his ability to turn a story into a song like his new song performed for Shaker Steps and posted below. Filmed at Millpond in Lexington, Kentucky, Ben delivers a fantastic performance of “Midnight in Havana”. There’s something unique and lovely about the juxaposition of a song about humid Havana and the crisp, autumn air of Kentucky. With a Townes Van Zandt quality (which, by the way, I don’t take lightly) in his voice and to his songwriting, Ben doesn’t get the proper props and recognition deserved for such a talented artist. Like the proverbial hidden gem or diamond from coal, that’s what makes Ben special. It’s also the reason I love writing about independent artists. It’s exciting to discover, explore, and share something so rare and beautiful as Ben de la Cour and his songs, and I hope you will do the same.

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Ben de la Cour: Website; Facebook; Twitter; Bandcamp

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