2018 Kerrville New Folk WinnerBen Bedford was named one of the "50 most significant Folk singer/songwriters of the past 50 years" by Rich Warren, host of Midnight Special at WFMT-Chicago, a list that includes Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot, and John Prine. His musical influences range from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. Ben draws on classic American literature and writes with the ‘old sour’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison. In addition to his albums charting on Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts, his music has been played on NPR’s Car Talk. Ben has toured throughout the US, Canada, and Europe and he has released 5 studio albums.
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