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.”



Sept 10, 2021
Denver, CO
Bluebird Theater
Sept 14, 2021
Tulsa, OK
Cain's Ballroom
Sept 16, 2021
Knoxville, TN
Bijou Theatre

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

Jan 13, 2022
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Jan 14, 2022
Birmingham, AL
Jan 15, 2022
Nashville, TN
Cannery Ballroom
Jan 16, 2022
Louisville, KY
Jan 18, 2022
Millvale, PA
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Jan 19, 2022
Akron, OH
Jan 20, 2022
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Iron Works
Jan 22, 2022
South Burlington, VT
Higher Ground Ballroom
Jan 23, 2022
Portland, ME
State Theatre
Jan 25, 2022
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair
Jan 27, 2022
New York, NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jan 28, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
Underground Arts
Jan 29, 2022
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Jan 30, 2022
Charlottesville, VA
Southern Cafe
Feb 3, 2022
Huntington, WV
The Loud - formerly The V Club
Feb 4, 2022
Charlotte, NC
Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 5, 2022
Asheville, NC
Orange Peel
Feb 6, 2022
Lexington, KY
The Burl
Mar 1, 2022
St. Louis, MO
Off Broadway
Mar 2, 2022
Columbia, MO
Blue Note
Mar 3, 2022
Springfield, MO
Outland Ballroom
Mar 4, 2022
Lawrence, KS
The Bottleneck
Mar 5, 2022
Lincoln, NE
Bourbon Theatre
Mar 9, 2022
St. Paul, MN
The Turf Club
Mar 10, 2022
Duluth, MN
Sacred Heart Music Center
Mar 11, 2022
Madison, WI
Mar 12, 2022
Milwaukee, WI
Mar 13, 2022
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall
Mar 15, 2022
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick
Mar 17, 2022
Columbus, OH
A&R Music Bar
Mar 18, 2022
Newport, KY
Southgate House Revival