Songs for Naked People
Posessed by the spirits of John Prine & Bob Dylan, Ben haunts the high school halls of 'old school' Folk/Rock. Bringing humor, poignancy, and liberal ideas to an onslaught of 2-and-a-half minute songs. With a guitar, harmonica, and a witty tongue, you can be sure to enjoy Ben's live shows! --------------- Ahh, Ben Wilson....a Folk/Rock/Americana singin', beer-brewin', animal lovin', sushi eatin', Bigfoot viewin', Simpsons watchin', art appreciatin', political advocatin', Scrabble winnin', coffee drinkin', ukelele playin', bicycle ridin', National Geographic readin' kinda guy. Take these activities and throw in three or four simple chords, and da tada da! (trumpet fanfare) The songwriting genius of Ben Wilson. Ben Wilson was born John Lennon McCartney Dylan Jagger Cash Jr. but changed his name to differentiate himself in the music biz. "I wanted my name to stand by itself instead of being labeled as a knock-off. But if people confuse me with Brian Wilson, that's okay. I don't know how to surf anyway." But seriously...Growing up in the town of Elkton, KY (pop.2000) made for a perfect environment for songwriting. Living out in a tree-smitten area of small-town-America proved to evoke great emotional desire for bigger things without forgetting the simple things in life. Ben moved to Clarksville, TN and hit the local music scene receiving kudos for his nightly performances. Showcasing his award-winning originals as well as Dylan, Neil Young, and Beatles tunes keep the crowds coming back. Between Ben's 200 plus originals and thousands of covers, folks never have to get bored listening to the same old songs night after night. "My songs are quirky at best. I try to make fun of all religions, political parties, sexual deviations, and rednecks without offending anyone and with everybody having a good time." Quirky, yes. Commercial, no. Ben writes about zombies, hibachi grills, the Loch Ness Monster, pornographers, Hula girls, zebra herds, etc. Not your everyday average topics and definitely not over-produced-sounds-like-everybody-else drivel. Goals? Ahh, yes, goals. A record deal with a major label with Ben having 100% creative control. Yeah, who doesn't want that? Reality: To tour throughout the country at notable Folk music venues/ famed coffeehouses/ historic bars, to have his music available in all 50 states (even Mississippi) and radio airplay across America; to make enough to get by and share his musical contributions with his peers and to have respect from fellow musicians.