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Ben Stalets Live

October 30, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Ben Stalets is not a songwriter; he’s a song. Realizing he couldn’t wash the Toledo off, Ben leaned into it. Inspired by the blue collar underdogs and anti-heroes the rust belt surrounds you with. Talking to Ben is talking to an old friend, and that’s exactly how his songs are written and shows performed. As comfortable in a bar room as he is in a listening room, by the 3rd verse of the first song, Stalets will have the room quiet enough to hear someone clutching their pearls, just before the refrain gives permission to laugh again.
After almost a decade of songwriting and performing under his belt, it’s pretty much your civic duty to catch Ben whenever he comes within 100 miles of your town.
Ben’s medley of soundscape has allowed him to open for a wide berth of critically acclaimed acts, such as Justin Townes Earle, Damien Jurado, Valerie June, Whitey Morgan, Local H, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Cory Branan, Daniel Romano, Icarus Account and so many more. He’s also been a staple at classic music destinations like Nelsonville Music Festival, Wurst Celebration (wiener fest) in Mansfield, TX and as a return guest on Knoxville’s Blue Plate Special.
In 2021, Ben released Everybody’s Laughing on WhistlePig Records. With an abundance of caution towards the pandemic, Ben chose not to tour extensively for the release, going against his road dog mentality. However, the time off has only seemed to sharpen his dive bar wit and songwriting focus, making the shows that he has played his most engaging performances yet.
For 2022, Ben’s slated to release his 3rd studio album Lucky Dog, a collection of songs based on people he’s known or been. “It took me 4 albums to finally sound and talk like myself and I truly feel like a lucky dog for making it this far” Stalets said on the yet-to-be-released album. While the date is yet to be determined, WhistlePig and Ben have designs on a fall tour and album release cycle.
Now’s the time to hop on or you’re about to get dragged!
“Ben Stalets has a time out of mind quality about him, sidestepping from contemporary musical trends.” – Pop Matters
“I always get the sense Ben’s begging for grace or something like it.” – themuseumofamericana.net
“…a who’s-who of prolific late 20th century songwriters; sometimes he evokes tinges of Simon and Lennon, or Zevon and Prine. His down-to-earth vocals a chameleon, Stalets deftly navigates his offbeat roots rock, a convincing songwriter and frontman, to boot.” – forfolkssake.com
“Ben Stalets certainly has a way with words and melody that throws him into a poignant concoction that blends the rootsy sounds of Wilco, Amos Lee, Tim Buckley, and Smog.” – Glide Magazine
“One might call Ben an outlaw troubadour, given how tender his delivery is, which takes its cues from the calm of such acclaimed artists as John Prine and Bill Callahan.” – Rock & Roll Globe
“It’s artist like Ben Stalets that Midwesterners get spoiled with.” – MidwesternGentleman.com


October 30, 2022
8:00 pm
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Blind Bob’s Bar
430 E 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402 United States
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