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A late night box of sets that led off with Moonshine-finishing up in the Bakers Dozen Bar-and all of it wrapped up in a sick Smokey in the Bandit-was enough to give you chills." -Steve Ash-


- Rail Magazine


“Moonshine” – Ben Baker: Sit on your porch with a beer, a glass of wine, or lemonade (without refined sugar in it of coarse:) and blast this song really loud!!!! -Taraleigh Silberberg- - The Healthy Hippy


Charleston, South Carolina is hiding an excellent singing treasure in the form of Benjamin Baker; while he may be big, down there I have never heard of him before. The following is my personal review of his music. Benjamin Baker is classified as an unsigned acoustic, Indie, folk act; however, I seriously doubt he will be unsigned for long.

Even though I first heard of Benjamin Baker on youtube, he is more than that; he gives an acoustic performance that literally rocks in my opinion. I found this new singer/songwriter because my son wanted me to listen to a song he found, Wagon Wheel. It was not the version I fell in love with, but when I saw the photo of this young man sitting by himself holding an acoustic guitar, the title was the song, and well I gave it a whirl. That young man was Ben Baker, and you can view that youtube video by copying and pasting the link below.

I have fallen in love with Wagon Wheel. Ben Baker does the entire song with only his melodic voice, an acoustic guitar, and his harmonica. He totally immerses everything he has into that performance of the Old Crow Medicine Show Cover, 'Wagon Wheel'. I have heard 'Wagon Wheel' performed by others, but this is my favorite version thus far, and it blew me away.

The one youtube video of Ben's band playing 'Wagon wheel' on stage does not compare with the solo version. Do not get me wrong the stage version is very good, these three men know how to play very well together, but the solo version just spoke to my soul. I would love to see Benjamin Baker in concert, because the energy he creates is unreal.

-Amy Browne-

Wagon Wheel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aMctjR_2KM
- Associated Content


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Ben Baker’s sound touches on harmony, accessibility and intelligence. It’s digestible music that has something important to say. Baker describes his music as acoustic-driven melodies in harmony with smart lyrics. “The combination of two guitar players who can mix and match every strum of the other blindfolded.” Years and years companionship has drawn these musicians together into a shared wavelength. And it’s a wavelength in which listeners can gladly participate.

Lover

Baker has a deep connection with music itself. Humans are not his only friends. In fact, he says that “music is my only faithful lover.” Music inspires Baker. He admires its ability to draw forth an emotional response in even the most jaded soul and its ability to touch on every conceivable human emotions. He uses this facet of music in ever song he writes. “Music evokes emotion of some kind in anyone with a soul. It can lead the way to drunken craziness on a Saturday night and it can ease your soul on a Sunday morning sidewalk.” Baker also cites music’s ability to enact social change. “It can inspire revolutionary thought.” He also points out its ability to guide the human soul to transcendence. “Music can take you to a place where you do not need to think at all.”

Originality

Baker strives always to create music that is distinctive, not derivative. “Time after time I see technical, musical genius wasted on unappreciative crowds (live audience or the market). Time after time I have seen these three-chord wonders bring down the house.” But there is a positive light that shines through with artists of Baker’s caliber. “Then there are those special times when ability and inspiration come full circle and meet back in the middle.”

The Artist at Work

Baker keeps the writing flowing. The more you work, the more you grow as an artist, he believes. “I’m constantly writing, constantly getting better.” The ongoing writing has provided Baker with plenty of music to choose from for public presentation. “I am in the process of recording a debut LP. The album should be released by the end of December, 2008 at the latest.”

Review

“Ben Baker’s music is lush and thoughtful and compulsory listening.”