Ben Livingston and The "That's what she said!" Band

Ben Livingston and The "That's what she said!" Band

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Unique songs are thoughtfully lyric driven with strong rhythm and a very dynamic delivery.

How about a Tuvan throat singing duet with John Hagen (Lyle Lovet) cello over bass and drum vamp of "Shortnin' bread"?

Terry Allen meets Mojo Nixon and Spike Jones then swoon to their hero - Nellie Mckay.

Biography

“Known internationally as a neon-light sculptor, Ben Livingston won a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts for his discovery/invention of the infinite phosphorescent color palette. Trust Your Equipment is almost equally inventive. “Golfers Are Fat” and “Smart Fools From Art School” are Zappa-esque social commentary, but some of his observations are pure Texas poetry. The essence of Livingston’s musical vision is lighthearted – he even attempts Tuvan throat singing on a couple of tracks – but when he gets serious as he does on the luminescent “It’s All Water,” he recalls James McMurtry with an extra twist of the knife. From blues-rock fiddler “Evil Spirits” to the soundscape jam of “11:11 Floor Elevator,” Livingston’s all over the place musically, but Trust Your Equipment marks him a true original.”

- The Austin Chronicle 

Ben Livingston claims the title of story and song maker. Breaking apart the whole is the territory where Ben is king. His characters come to life in the songs found within ‘Trust Your Equipment’. The plots and characters intertwine within the opening and closing riffs and chords. The winding twists and turns of story line and characters all manage to form into a solid unit. He has opinions... Ben Livingston is an art multi-tasker. He is internationally known for his work as a neon sculptor, winning a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts with his discovery/invention of the infinite phosphorescent color palette. Ben draws from as wide a range in the use of diverse styles on ‘Trust Your Equipment’. A blues crawl anchors “Evil Spirits”, a sole acoustic guitar complements the words and voice in “It’s All Water”, as a full on rock show explodes in and around the arrangement on “Walking to San Antonio”. The styles, characters and delivery may differ but like other forms of art, the artists brand is alive and well within each of his creations.  

- The Alternative Root Magazine

Lyrics

Gasoline 11/18/10

Written By: Ben Livingston/SMART FOOLS MUSIC (C) 2010


GASOLINE

THAT NEEDLE'S POINTING TO THE PICTURE OF THE PUMP
I COULD USE A LITTLE GREEN
TO GET ME UP AND OVER THIS HUMP

AND IF I DID
I'D BE SLIDING
BACK HOME TO YOU
INSTEAD OF ALWAYS HIDING

TRESPASSING
NEVER REALLY KNOWING WHICH SIDE I'M ON

OUTLASTING
THE TIME I THOUGHT I'D BE LONG GONE

YOU SPIN SO TRUE
JUST LIKE A WHEEL
WHO'S HEADED FOR HOME
TO SEAL THE DEAL

(SOLO)

TOWNES VAN ZANDT
HAS OBVIOUSLY PERMEATED THEIR MINDS
NOW THEY CAN'T
EVEN READ THEIR FUTURES IN THE COFFEE GRINDS

ORIGINAL THOUGHT
IS REALLY NO BIG DEAL
UNLESS YOU'RE WORRYING ABOUT
YOUR LAST MEAL.
AND IN THE END
THERE'S NO CONSEQUENCES
NO RIGHT OR WRONG
NO EXPENSES.
ONLY THOUGHTS OF YOU
IN BETWEEN
THE SUN AND THE MOON
AND THE BLUE AND THE GREEN.

GASOLINE
GASOLINE
GASOLINE
GASOLINE

Discography

EP: Ben Livingston, "Second Orbit" Released - 2004; Debut CD - "Trust Your Equipment - Greatest Hits Vol.2". Released - 2010.

(Please listen to streaming on www.benlivingston.com or on our The Alternative Root Magazine feature: http://thealternateroot.com/alternate-root-weekly-features/454-ben-livingston).

Set List


We’re All in This Alone

Trust your Equipment

Evil Spirits

Volcano + Tornado

Smart Fools from Art Schools

Somewhere Down this Road

Walking to San Antonio

Coonskin Beret

It’s all Water

It's a Livingston thing

Like you do

Flemming Prairie

Gasoline

I Lay my Head Down (Two song Trilogy)

Tell it to the Moon