The Ben Rice Band

The Ben Rice Band

Newberg, Oregon, USA
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This band will have you standing and wanting more! Ben plays a cigar box guitar, Lap slide, and resonator to create a sound that only Ben can produce combining Mississippi Hill Country, Punk Rock, Chicago blues and West Coast Swing.They don't just play they put on a show that engages the audience.

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Biography

The Ben Rice Trio has been described by outsiders as Blues Rockabilly, Swamp Rock, and Soul infused Country. Ben himself says the bands music is the kitchen sink of Blues mixed with his band mates influences of Punk, Hip-Hop, and Classic Rock. Their sound is molded by the instruments they yield. Ben playing a dobro, lap steel, and the infamous cigar box guitar. While bassist Alex McEntee blends his soulful support in the lower registers with Ryan Rustrum's big drum sound that creating a fresh yet true to an American heritage sound.
His latest album, Pour Me Some Whiskey is a testament to that. The album features songs exemplifying various sub-genres of blues. Songs like, Wreck on You a hard rocking in your face song that conjures up Johnny Cash meets Motrhead, Chop You Up a fast swinging jump blues, straight out of the West Coast tradition, Dont Worry Mama a fan favorite inspired by Reverend Gary Davis, and I Know You Love Me a song out of the Memphis soul tradition.
While their sound is unique and appeals to all kinds of music lovers, their stage presence and energy is what brings audiences regularly to their feet. In addition to Bens virtuosic slide and fret work, the rest of the band works hard to create a fun and engaging stage show.
The magnetizing energy of the Ben Rice Trio performances originates in the bands love of playing music. This energy feeds the audience and elevates the overall live music experience. The bands intermixture of musical styles ensures that each music set is interesting and engaging for listeners. The band takes great enjoyment in performing such a varied repertoire so fervently.

What People Are Saying
They tore it up and was my backing Band. Kenny Neal
They stole the show from National acts. RheaRolfe, Washington Blues Society
I got entertained! Great musicianship!Thomas Ruf, Ruf Records and IBC Judge
I am speechless. Mike Dyson, Blue Shoe Project
Excellent music and show.Bill Wax, XM radio and IBC Judge
Dont close your eyes you wont believe. Toni Demarcolli, Bite of Oregon
Wow! So good, so young!Dave Mason, Traffic, R&R Hall of Fame
This is the best band in Memphis this weekend.Jason Dril, The Rum Boogie
This band has a lot of fun when they play and so does the audience.
Linda Z, Bite of Seattle
This band is good enough to play twice labor day weekend.
Steve Demerest, Der Hinterhoff Inn
They are our house band and play every year.
Wes Edwards, Rendezvous Blues Festival Oroville Washington
They have a lot of Hooks and steal the show. Lloyd, Mt. Baker Blues Festival
250 CDs sold in a day its a record. Shelly Spain, Winthrop Blues Festival
This is the most professional band we have booked. Steve Lake Chelan Winery
This Band is Awesome. Gary Allen, Drummer for JJ Cale

Instrumentation
Alex McEntee - Bass
Ryan Rustrum - Percussion, Drums
Ben Rice - Lap Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Cigar Box Guitar

Lyrics

Wreck on You

Written By: Ben Rice

Wreck On You - Ben Rice

Woke up this morning in a boiling sweat
Grabbed my coffee out the door I went
Feeling crazy, don’t know what to do
Feel like I’m gonna put a hurt on you//
Gonna wreck somebody, gonna wreck somebody
Well I’m feeling crazy don’t know what to do
Watch out man I’m gonna wreck on you

My father always told me when the deal was made
The best kind of contract was a punch in the face
Talk is cheap if the money ain’t green,
If I ain’t stealing from you then you’re stealing from me
I’m gonna wreck somebody, gonna wreck somebody
Well I’m feeling crazy don’t know what to do
Watch out man I’m gonna wreck on you
(aw you said the wrong thing)

(Solo)
Well I’m feeling crazy don’t know what to do
Watch out man I’m gonna wreck on you

I’m a whiskey shooting, rifle loading son of a gun
I’m like Crazy Horse, I got the wild in my blood
Don’t talk no trash, don’t play no games
Where the rubber hits the road that’s where your luck’s gonna end
I’m gonna wreck somebody, gonna wreck somebody
Well I’m feeling crazy don’t know what to do
Watch out man I’m gonna wreck on you
(look out now

I Know You Love Me

Written By: Ben Rice

I know You Love Me – Ben Rice

I know you love me, though you hide it
I know you love me, though you fight it
It’s in your eyes that are green
Your smile when you speak
I know you love me

But I can’t return it, though it’s what you deserve
I can’t return it, though its what you earned
I cannot lie, lord knows I’ve tried
But I don’t love you

Something deep down inside of me
Tells me I am doing you wrong
I keep on wondering
How much I can linger on

All your kisses, are in vain
All your kisses, are profane
You’ll find love, from someone
But I don’t love you
(Solo)

I know you love me, though you hide it
I know you love me, though you fight it
It’s in your eyes that are green
Your smile when you speak
I know you love me

Wants me Back Again

Written By: Ben Rice

Wants Me Back Again – Ben Rice

Lord’s my Sheppard, but I’m a black sheep
The devil’s done stuck his chains in me
Once again, I’ve burned that bridge
Don’t think I’ll ever cross the river again
I’ve sinned, lord have mercy on me
I’ve sinned, you know it wasn’t my fault
I’ve sinned, and the lord
Wants me back again

Lord forgive me, for my transgression
This time I think I learned my lesson
Mess with the dogs you’re gonna get fleas
Now I’ve got aches, all over me
I’ve sinned, lord have mercy on me
I’ve sinned, you know it wasn’t my fault
I’ve sinned, and the lord
Wants me back again
(Solo)

I ain’t a sinning man, I sure ain’t no saint
I’ve been bit by a snake
When I see St. Peter at the Pearly gates
Tell me Heaven holds a place for my name

Well you better, leave that dark place and come to the light
That aint no way to live your life, running around like it’s a game
Sooner or later time is gonna end
I’ve sinned, lord have mercy on me
I’ve sinned, you know it wasn’t my fault
I’ve sinned, and the lord
Wants me back again

Chop U Up

Written By: Ben Rice

Chop You Up – Ben Rice

Tell me baby, what you gonna do
when I go crazy and start coming after you
I’m gonna chop you up, I’m gonna chop you up
I’m gonna chop you up and cut you down to size

Well now baby, you need to be told
If I can’t have you hot, I’m gonna have you cold
I’m gonna chop you up, I’m gonna chop you up
I’m gonna chop you up and cut you down to size

Well you might think I’ve gone crazy
But baby I’ve always been this way
And now you’re trying to leave me
I’m gonna make you stay

(SOLO)

Well you have your car and you have your home
But I have the code to your burglar alarm
I’m gonna chop you up, I’m gonna chop you up
I’m gonna chop you up and cut you down to size

Tell me baby where you gonna run
When I rent a bullet and I buy myself a gun
I’m gonna chop you up, I’m gonna chop you up
I’m gonna chop you up and cut you down to size

Well you might think I’ve gone crazy
But baby I’ve always been this way
And now you’re trying to leave me
I’m gonna make you stay
(SOLO)

Tell me baby, what you gonna do
when I go crazy and start coming after you
I’m gonna chop you up, I’m gonna chop you up
chop you up and cut you down to size
chop you up and cut you down to size
chop you up and cut you down to size

Pour Me Some Whisky

Written By: Ben Rice

Pour Me Some Whiskey – Ben Rice

Pour me some whiskey
cause I need to get drunk
I lost my house lord and my truck
It could be worse I could have a woman
but she left me, a year ago
took my only child back down home
to Chicago, lord Chicago

Pour me some whiskey cause I need
To forget, this lonely feeling that my woman left
Lost my house lord and my truck
Got no job so I’m in debt

Well all I got, is all I ever had
This six string lord, was my dads
I pawned my shirt and my shoes
Now I’m bear foot playing for you
(SOLO)
Pour me some whiskey boy I need a drink
If I can’t walk lord knows I need a drink
It could be worse I could be married I could be married
But my first wife had to be buried
Could be worse could have a home
Alone in this world, lord knows that I roam
(SOLO)

Well I walk these streets, walk these roads
I’ve been everywhere these old paths go
They tell you follow that river where the long grass grows
You might make it through tonight
(Solo)
Pour me some whiskey, cause I need to get drunk
Lost my house lord and my truck
It could be worse, I could have a woman
But she left me a year ago
Took my only child back down home
To Chicago, Chicago

Give Me A Call

Written By: Ben Rice

Give Me A Call – Ben Rice

I’m a simple kind of man, I don’t fool around
With any little girl in this stinky little town
I’m looking for a woman, whio’s dang sincere
I think I might have found her but her intentions aren’t clear
Well I call her on the phone, she blocked my number
I see her at the store, she says come on over
She’s telling all her friends, about this new man
But I try to give her flowers, she says let’s be friend

Her heart is a mystery, I ain’t no Sherlock Holmes
When you need you some lovin’ just give me a call
Give me a call

Well Im talking to my friends tearing out my hair
This little girl I can’t understand
Not a single word she ever says or those games girls like to play
Well I call her on the phone, she blocked my number
I see her at the store, she says come on over
She’s telling all her friends, about this new man
But I try to give her flowers, she says let’s be friend

Her heart is a mystery, I ain’t no Sherlock Holmes
When you need you some lovin’ just give me a call
Give me a call
(Solo)
Her heart is a mystery, I ain’t no Sherlock Holmes
When you need you some lovin’ just give me a call
Give me a call

I’m a simple kind of man, I don’t fool around
With any little girl in this stinky little town
I’m looking for a woman, who’s dang sincere
I think I might have found her but her intentions aren’t clear
Well I call her on the phone, she blocked my number
I see her at the store, she says come on over
She’s telling all her friends, about this new man
But I try to give her flowers, she says let’s be friend

Her heart is a mystery, I ain’t no Sherlock Holmes
When you need you some lovin’ just give me a call
Give me a call

Don't Worry ma ma

Written By: Ben Rice

Don’t Worry Mama – Ben Rice

Well don’t worry Mama, I’m coming home
I got your letter, now it won’t be long
Oh mama, I’m coming home
Won’t leave you with your troubles so all alone

Well time’s been hard, winter’s come and gone
I’ve done my best to send my money home
Oh Mama, winter’s come and gone
In a few more hours, I’ll be in your arms

Well I got your letter, said Junior’s doing fine
He’s grown three inches and now he’s 4’9
Oh mama, and Junior’s doing fine
Well I’ll have you know, I just crossed county lines

Well when I get home, I’ll stay for good
I’ll find me a job that pays me like it should
Oh Mama, I’ll stay for good
And find some work that pays like it should

Don’t worry Mama, I’m coming home
I got your letter, now it won’t be long
Oh Mama, I’m coming home
Won’t leave you with your troubles so all alone

Well when I get home, I won’t go no more
It’ll be our family in our humble home
Oh Mama, I won’t go no more
It will be our family, in our, in our humble home
(Come on let’s go home now)

Gator Hunt

Written By: Ben Rice

Gator Hunt – Ben Rice
If you hear my hound dog barking, on my front porch
I’m going down to the swamp land, bring me my black torch
I’m going gator hunting, in the middle of the night
Well I’m looking for trouble
I’m gonna start me a gator fight

Well I told that gator you better get with his friends
I took down his brother, now I’m coming after him
I’m going gator hunting in the middle of the night
He’s got razor sharp teeth, I might not make it out alive
(solo)
When I catch me that gator gonna tell you what I do
Boil me some gator tail and make me some gator stew
Grind me up some teeth gonna make me some paste
A little eyeball jelly just to see how it tastes
Don’t worry mama, don’t be afraid
Not one ounce of gators gonna go to waste
I’m going gator hunting, hear the catfish creep
Im going gator hunting, you can hear the catfish creep
Well I learned my lesson, I won’t get in past my knees
(Solo)
Hear my hound dog barking, you better run
I don’t need no bullets I don’t need no gun
I’m going gator hunting, bring me my carving knife
He’s got razor sharp teeth, I might no t make it out alive

Well if you hear my hound dog barking
On my front porch, going down to the swamp land
Bring me my black torch
I’m going gator hunting, in the middle of the night
Well I know now baby, I might not make it out alive

Discography

Discography
Pour Me Some Whiskey 2011
Deep Blues 2009
Wake Up the Blues - 2006
Ben Rice with the Youth of Blues - 2005
The Next Generation of Blues - 2004

Radio Appearances
KPFT 90.1 Houston
107.7 The End - Seattle, Washington
101.9 Kink Portland, Oregon
Live 395.com. - Internet
89.7 fm KWWF - Eastern Washington
KMHD 89.1- Gresham, Oregon
KBOO 91.1 - Portland, Oregon
KDRVS - Sacramento, California
KRVM- Eugene Oregon

ORIGINAL SONGS WRITTEN BY BEN RICE
1. Don't Worry Mama** ?
-[Semi-Finalist 2012 Int’l Songwriting Competition][Hollywood Music in Media Best Song Nominee- Blues]
2.I Know You Love Me
[Semi-Finalist 2012 Int’l Songwriting Competition]
3.Wreck On You**
4.Give Me A Call
5.Pour Me Some Whiskey**
6.?Gator Hunt?**
7.Chop You Up
8.?Cheaper By The Dozen
9.From the Bottom**
10. ?Wants Me Back Again
11.?Bad Bad Boy ??**
12.Big Evil Woman ?
13.Don't Push Me Away ?
14.Done Me Wrong
15.?Glass Turtle ?
16.I Feel Loved
17.I Saw The Devil ?
18.Infatuation ?
19.Hitchiker
20.?Last Year
21.?Livin' the Life ??
22.Love Me Baby ?
23.Mean Lady ?
24.No Love
25.?No More ?
26.Pain ?
27.Passion ?
28.Rosey
29.??Screamin' Train
30.?Shake It
31.?Speedy Cakes
32.Train Song
33.T?ell Me Baby**
34.?Up Your Stairs
35.?You Were Wrong
36.?Wake Up the Blues?**
37. Runaround**

** - indicates radio play

Set List

Sets are 1 - 4 hours
Set list includes:

ORIGINALS
Pour me Some Whiskey
Gator Hunt
Don't Worry Mama
Chop you Up
I know you Love me
Wreck On You
Cheaper by the dozen
Give me a Call
From the Bottom
Wants Me back again
Bad Bad Boy

Big Evil Woman
Don't Push Me Away
Done Me Wrong
Glass Turtle
I Feel Loved
I Saw The Devil
Infatuation
Hitchiker
Last Year
Livin' the Life

Love Me Baby
Mean Lady
No Love
No More
Pain
Passion
Rosey

Screamin' Train
Shake It
Speedy Cakes
Train Song
tell me baby
Up Your Stairs
You Were Wrong
Wake Up the Blues