“Ben de la Cour pulls no punches and always manages to dig deep into the most battered firmament with a voice that sounds like the American Heartland witnessed through the window of a car going 80 mph.” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
There are singer-songwriters, and there are troubadours. Singer-songwriters are sensitive, polished souls, sharing their journal entries with the world… whereas troubadours do their best just to stay out of jail. In the wake of Ben de la Cour’s astonishing new record, Shadow Land, you can add his name to the top of the list of younger troubadours to whom this ever-so-occasionally poisoned chalice is being passed.
There are the titans of the form; artists who risked everything to have the grittiest, most authentically artistic life that manifested itself in songs that spoke with great passion and brutal honesty. Men and women who sang the truth: Townes Van Zandt, Robert Johnson, Warren Zevon, Gil Scott-Heron, Judee Sill, Dee Dee Ramone, Janis Joplin, Mickey Newbury, Nina Simone… and every other troubadour who has attacked convention riding on little more than guitar string and a song. Their influences shine on Shadow Land, but the sound and the stories here are all Ben’s.
Find out more about Ben de la Cour at https://www.bendelacour.com/
“Ben de la Cour writes rich and uncompromising narratives of lyrical fierceness and rough beauty.” – MAVERICK MAGAZINE
“Ben de la Cour’s stories capture human frailty in its naked horror.” – LYRIC MAGAZINE
“Ben de la Cour has the striking ability to craft a compelling narrative with a novelist’s skill in just a few lines.” – FOLK RADIO UK
“There are bigger singer-songwriter names out there. Few can do what Ben de la Cour does.”– GLIDE MAGAZINE
“Ben de la Cour is hands down one of the best songwriters around. But it’s not just that – he’s a true raconteur, which elevates him to full troubadour status.” – JIM WHITE
“A dark, genius talent.” – AMERICANA HIGHWAYS