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
Oct 7, 2020
Nashville, TN
Exit/In
Oct 8, 2020
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Oct 9, 2020
Birmingham, AL
Saturn
Oct 10, 2020
Louisville, KY
Zanzabar
Oct 12, 2020
Millvale, PA
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Oct 13, 2020
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Iron Works
Oct 15, 2020
South Burlington, VT
Higher Ground Ballroom
Oct 16, 2020
Portland, ME
Port City Music Hall
Oct 18, 2020
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair
Oct 22, 2020
Brooklyn, NY
Rough Trade
Oct 23, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
Underground Arts
Oct 24, 2020
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Oct 25, 2020
Charlottesville, VA
Southern Cafe
Oct 26, 2020
Charlotte, NC
Neighborhood Theatre
Oct 27, 2020
Asheville, NC
Orange Peel
Oct 29, 2020
Chattanooga, TN
Songbirds South
Oct 31, 2020
Lexington, KY
The Burl
Nov 1, 2020
Huntington, WV
The V Club
Dec 2, 2020
St. Louis, MO
Off Broadway
Dec 3, 2020
Columbia, MO
Rose Music Hall
Dec 4, 2020
Springfield, MO
Outland Ballroom
Dec 5, 2020
Lawrence, KS
The Bottleneck
Dec 6, 2020
Lincoln, NE
Bourbon Theatre
Dec 9, 2020
Duluth, MN
Sacred Heart Music Center
Dec 10, 2020
Minneapolis, MN
Fine Line
Dec 12, 2020
Milwaukee, WI
Colectivo
Dec 13, 2020
Madison, WI
High Noon Saloon
Dec 15, 2020
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall
Dec 16, 2020
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick
Dec 17, 2020
Akron, OH
Musica
Dec 18, 2020
Columbus, OH
A&R Music Bar
Dec 19, 2020
Newport, KY
Southgate House Revival