Ben Rice Band

Ben Rice Band

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Ben Rice Band brings real vintage blues into the modern era. His soulful voice and inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz up and down the West coast. Rice's original CD “Pour Me Some Whiskey” is being praised as being among the best CD releases from the Northwest.

Biography

The Ben Rice Band has been described as Soul infused Country, Swamp and Rockabilly. Ben Rice, the lead singer and songwriter of the group, says the band’s music is Blues mixed with influences of Classic and Country Rock. Ben plays a dobro, a lap steel, and a handmade cigar box guitar, while his brother and bassist, Tommy Rice, plays a large bodied upright bass. These throwback and vintage voiced instruments are supported by Ryan Rustrum’s big drum sound that creates a fresh yet true to its heritage sound. The Ben Rice Band’s recent CD, available for download on his website, www.BenRiveLive.com, “Pour Me Some Whiskey”, features twelve original songs, written by Ben Rice, which exemplifies various sub-genres of Blues. Songs like, “Wreck on You”, a hard rocking toe tapping song that conjures up Johnny Cash meets Motörhead, “Don’t Worry Mama”, a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 International Songwriters Competition, which pays homage to the returning US war veterans and whose sound was inspired by Reverend Gary Davis, “I Know You Love Me” also a Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Songwriters Competition, which is reminiscent of the Memphis soul tradition, and “Give Me A Call”, a Rockabilly Blues modern rendition are all unique radio ready songs that appeal to all age of music lovers. In addition to Ben’s virtuosic slide and fretwork, Tommy’s electric presence combined with Ryan Rustrum’s drum showmanship on stage performances brings audiences to their feet.

Ben Rice - Lead Singer /Songwriter
Graduated University of Oregon Music 2011; Dobro, steel lap, cigar box, vocals

Tommy Rice: Stand up bass

Ryan Rusty Rustrum – Drums
Graduated University of Oregon 2011

Lyrics

Wreck On You

Written By: 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

Give Me A Call

Written By: 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 Mama (Homage to US War Veterans)

Written By: 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)

I Know You Love Me

Written By: 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

Discography

ORIGINAL SONGS WRITTEN BY BEN RICE
1. Don't Worry Mama *[Semi-Finalist 2012 Int’l Songwriting Competition]; Nominated for Best Blues song by Hollywood Music in Media (July 2012)
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. Tell Me Baby
34. Up Your Stairs
35. You Were Wrong
36. Wake Up the Blues

Original CD's
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 Sunday Night Blues Show with Bob Ancheta - 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

Set List

Sets are 1 - 4 hours
Set list includes ORIGINALS & COVERS noted below:

ORIGINALS
Pour Me Some Whiskey
Gator Hunt
Don't Worry Mama
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

COVER SONGS
All Along The Watchtower
Backdoor Man
Before You Accuse Me
Big Boss Man
Boom Boom
Born Under A Bad Sign
Cant Be Satisfied
Change
Days of Old
Everyday I Have The Blues
Evil
Gangster of Love
Gonna Move
Got My Mojo Working
Hoochie Coochie Man
Hound Dog
I Got Loaded
Is It True
Jumper On The Line
Key To The Highway
Killing Floor
Life By The Drop
Little Red Rooster
Malted