Lost Dog Street Band – EPK


“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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The following have been rescheduled. Tickets purchased for a different date are still valid for the new date.

Apr 1, 2021
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Apr 2, 2021
Birmingham, AL
Apr 3, 2021
Nashville, TN
Cannery Ballroom
Apr 4, 2021
Louisville, KY
Apr 6, 2021
Millvale, PA
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Apr 7, 2021
Akron, OH
Apr 8, 2021
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Iron Works
Apr 10, 2021
South Burlington, VT
Higher Ground Ballroom
Apr 11, 2021
Portland, ME
State Theatre
Apr 12, 2021
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair
Apr 15, 2021
Brooklyn, NY
Rough Trade
Apr 16, 2021
Philadelphia, PA
Underground Arts
Apr 17, 2021
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Apr 18, 2021
Charlottesville, VA
Southern Cafe
Apr 21, 2021
Charlotte, NC
Neighborhood Theatre
Apr 22, 2021
Asheville, NC
Orange Peel
Apr 24, 2021
Huntington, WV
The V Club
Apr 25, 2021
Lexington, KY
The Burl
May 25, 2021
St. Louis, MO
Off Broadway
May 26, 2021
Springfield, MO
Outland Ballroom
May 27, 2021
Columbia, MO
Blue Note
May 28, 2021
Lawrence, KS
The Bottleneck
May 29, 2021
Lincoln, NE
Bourbon Theatre
June 1, 2021
Minneapolis, MN
Fine Line
June 2, 2021
Duluth, MN
Sacred Heart Music Center
June 3, 2021
Madison, WI
June 4, 2021
Milwaukee, WI
June 5, 2021
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall
June 6, 2021
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick
June 9, 2021
Columbus, OH
A&R Music Bar
June 10, 2021
Newport, KY
Southgate House Revival
June 12, 2021
Pineville, KY
Laurel Cove Music Festival