Lost Dog Street Band – EPK

BIO

“I wanted to dig under the darkest impulses of humanity for this album, and that is violence, selfishness, and destruction,” says Benjamin Tod, guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter of Americana trio Lost Dog Street Band. The Muhlenberg County, Kentucky-based group’s latest album, its fifth overall, Weight Of A Trigger, out March 29th, is a potent distillation of its outlaw heartache soul.

The dark impulses Ben sings about are simply the demons that have driven him since he was a teen. At 16, Ben left home to play music on the streets. Since then, he’s lived under bridges, slept in jail cells, sought freedom hopping freight trains, battled addiction, and watched many good friends die from the same rambling disease. Some states, he remains a wanted man with active warrants. Though Ben has been aimless, and destructive, he’s always been prolific through exorcising his demons in song. Even if that meant writing songs at 7:00 AM in dank and dark basements strung out on drugs and drunk.

His companion in life and music, Ashley Mae, is an accomplished fiddle player and harmony singer. The pair met in the Nashville punk scene when Ben was 15, and Ashley was 17. They share in a tumultuous love affair that’s defied adventures, and misadventures. The couple formed Lost Dog Street Band in the winter of 2010. The duo’s vision was to carry on the tradition of the American troubadour with fine Americana songcraft and starkly real storytelling. Today, Ben and Ashley Mae are joined by bassist Jeff Loops of the beloved roots band, Deep Chatham.

The three-piece group’s latest, Weight Of A Trigger, is a portal into when Americana was peopled by sensitive outlaws who pleaded for salvation in song. The 10-song collection spans old-time music, Appalachian folk, redemptive country blues, and winsome balladry. Each song is elegantly essential, using teardrop pedal steel guitar, delicate fingerpicked passages, emotive harmony vocals, and stately violin touches as delicate dynamic touches. It’s an album of hard truths themed around a three-part narrative of Thomas Clancy Russell, and stories of fated love, addiction, tragic deaths, and rising demons. The poetic former collaborator Nicholas Ridout, a uniquely gifted musician who left before his time is always honored on their albums. His presence is made all the more poignant by Lost Street Dog performing his sweetly high lonesome song “Lazy Moonshiner.”

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UPCOMING SHOWS

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE TICKET LINK
Dec 12, 2019
Denver, CO
Mission Ballroom
Jan 27, 2020
Knoxville, TN
Bijou
Jan 28, 2020
Chattanooga, TN
Songbirds
Jan 29, 2020
Lexington, KY
The Burl
Jan 30, 2020
Huntington, WV
V Club
Jan 31, 2020
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall
Feb 1, 2020
Durham, NC
Motorco
Feb 4, 2020
Charleston, SC
The Pour House
Feb 5, 2020
Athens, GA
Georgia Theatre
Feb 6, 2020
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Feb 7, 2020
Savannah, GA
Victory North
Feb 8, 2020
Jacksonville, FL
1904 Music Hall
Feb 9, 2020
St. Petersburg, FL
Jannus Live
Feb 11, 2020
Pensacola, FL
Vinyl Music Hall
Feb 12, 2020
Mobile, AL
Alabama Music Box
Feb 13, 2020
Birmingham, AL
Saturn
Feb 14, 2020
Jackson, MS
Duling Hall
Feb 15, 2020
Baton Rouge, LA
Spanish Moon
Feb 16, 2020
Houston, TX
The Heights Theater
Feb 18, 2020
Austin, TX
Antones
Feb 19, 2020
Dallas, TX
Deep Ellum Art Co.
DATE CITY/STATE VENUE TICKET LINK
Feb 20, 2020
Oklahoma City, OK
Tower Theatre
Feb 21, 2020
Memphis, TN
1884 Lounge
Feb 22, 2020
Oxford, MS
Proud Larry's
Feb 23, 2020
Nashville, TN
Basement East
Mar 11, 2020
Louisville, KY
Zanzabar
Mar 12, 2020
Bloomington, IN
The Bluebird
Mar 13, 2020
Newport ,KY
Southgate House Revival
Mar 14, 2020
Akron, OH
Musica
Mar 15, 2020
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick
Mar 17, 2020
Columbus, OH
A&R Music Bar
Mar 18, 2020
Pittsburgh, PA
The Club at Stage AE
Mar 19, 2020
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Iron Works
Mar 20, 2020
South Burlington, VT
Higher Ground
Mar 21, 2020
Portland, ME
Port City Music Hall
Mar 22, 2020
Boston, MA
Sinclair
Mar 25, 2020
Brooklyn, NY
Rough Trade
Mar 26, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
Underground Arts
Mar 27, 2020
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Mar 28, 2020
Charlottesville, VA
Southern Cafe
Apr 1, 2020
Charlotte, NC
Neighborhood Theatre
Apr 2, 2020
Asheville, NC
Orange Peel

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