Ben Hulan

Ben Hulan

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Eclectic Americana from an award-winning songwriter.

Biography

"Sugar Grove" started when songwriter Ben Hulan met Amy Sullivan in 2003. Drawing from DC's A-List of guest bluegrass musicians to help fill out their sound, Ben was nominated for the Washington Area Music Association Best New Artist award in 2005.

Ben recently relocated to the San Francisco bay area, but is available for solo, duet and full-band performances.

Ben is equally comfortable crafting songs in traditional and contemporary styles of acoustic music.

Lyrics

Riptide

Written By: Ben Hulan

I used to be so hard to reach
My fortress stood upon the beach
And no one ever dared to take a stand
With buttresses and balconies
Protecting me from enemies,
Safe within my halls, a lonely man

I built my throne upon the summit
I could see the ocean from it
Everything
was working like I'd planned
But you'd been hiding in the ocean
When you put your seige in motion
Knowing that my walls were merely sand

Riptide
You swept across
the shore and pulled me under
Wave by wave
my battlements were sundered
So helplessly
I watched it all in wonder
Now I'm revealed,
but how sweet to reel
in your riptide

Struggling to be free at first
Resistance only made it worse
My freedom
only came when I gave in
My fortress fell and all my plans
Were scattered
on the winds of chance
Released upon the shore
you let me win

And you were there to help rebuild
With all the force
you used to thrill me
Strangely all the sand
just turned to glass
So walls went up
but they were clear
With you within I felt no fear
And finally I could be me at last

Riptide
You swept across
the shore and pulled me under
Wave by wave
my battlements were sundered
So helplessly
I watched it all in wonder
Now I'm revealed,
but how sweet to reel
in your riptide

Until you
I never knew
The man that I could be

Riptide
You swept across
the shore and pulled me under
Wave by wave
my battlements were sundered
So helplessly
I watched it all in wonder
Now I'm revealed,
but how sweet to reel
in your riptide

Flowers Would Blush

Written By: Ben Hulan

In the hills of Virginia
I once took a wife
Who said she would love me
for all of my life
But fate and misfortune
a liar made she
And all I have of her
is my memory

Her eyes, they did shine
like a fine polished stone
Her smile still haunts me,
when I am alone
Her touch was as soft
as the dew to the grass
And flowers would blush
at her feet when she passed

"My Dear, how on earth
could I live one more day
"If you loved another?"
she asked me to say
"I'll not love another"
I told her, quite true
"For I'll never find a love
equal to you"

She kissed my cheek softly
as these words she said,
"Lay with me here
on this flowery bed"
And then we were married
by promise and will
Under the stars in the
Virginia hills

Her eyes, they did shine
like a fine polished stone
Her smile still haunts me,
when I am alone
Her touch was as soft
as the dew to the grass
And flowers would blush
at her feet when she passed

But the hills of Virginia
conspired, it seems
With thunder and lightning
as rain filled the streams
So sudden a flood
through the valley did sweep
And drowned my wife,
evermore silent to keep

Her eyes, they did shine
like a fine polished stone
Her smile still haunts me,
when I am alone
Her touch was as soft
as the dew to the grass
And flowers would blush
at her feet when she passed

Come all you young lovers
and heed my advice:
There's no such thing as
true love that comes twice
Don't make a promise
that you'll have to break
For love is a terrible
thing to forsake

Poor Boy Blues

Written By: Ben Hulan

Johnny was a poor boy,
poor boy, poor boy
Johnny was a poor boy,
thought he needed money
But money is the lure boy,
lure boy, lure boy
Money is the lure boy
it is not the goal

Money is a tool, Boy
I beg you use it wisely
But I am just a fool, Boy
on that we can agree

Jenny was a rich girl,
rich girl, rich girl
Jenny was a rich girl
fell in love with Johnny
Johnny worked so hard girl
hard girl, hard girl
Johhny worked so hard, girl
to buy a diamond ring

Money is a tool girl
I beg you use it wisely
I am just a fool, girl
on that we can agree

Johnny married Jenny
Jenny, Jenny,
Johnny married Jenny
but they were never happy
They used every penny
penny, penny
They used every penny
to chase an empty dream

Money is a tool, boy
I beg you use it wisely
But I am just a fool, boy
On that we can agree

Money is a worm on a hook
Being held by a crook
On the bank of a brook
Where you must swim forever

Money is a tool, boy
tool boy, tool boy
Money is a tool, Boy,
it does not make you happy
Happy is the poor boy,
poor boy, poor boy
Happy is the poor boy
to leave it all alone
Happy is the poor boy
to leave it all alone

Discography

Ben Hulan, "The Present Plays" (c) 2004

WAMA Best New Artist Nominee, 2005

Individual tracks from the album have won awards in the Great American Song Contest, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, the Unisong International Songwriting Contest and have been featured in several compilation CDs. Ben's newest song won "Best Song" in the July '06 West Coast Songwriter's competition.

Set List

Originals Set (45 minutes):

Saturday Time
Glamour Life
What's Inside
Maybe the Mountains
Lonesome Feelings
The Gardener
Poor Boy
Flowers Would Blush
Runnin With the Moon
Spaghetti & Meatballs

Standards & Covers Set (60 minutes)

Cherokee Shuffle (fiddle tune)
The Thrill is Gone (B. B. King)
I've Just Seen a Face (Beatles)
Prisoner's Song (bluegrass)
Molly & Tenbrooks (bluegrass)
The Fox (a la Nickel Creek)
Keep On Movin' (B. Marley)
Friend of the Devil (J. Garcia)
Soldier's Joy (fiddle tune)
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (B. Dylan)
Nobody's Love is Like Mine (bluegrass)

Ben plays a wide repertoire of songs and tunes to showcase the talents of the different musicians he plays with.