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CD Review: Ben Wilson “Strange Dogs”


Ben is a beer drinking, firewalking buddy of mine from way back when he had long hair and I had short hair.  That being said, I was a little nervous when he asked me to write a review of new cd “Strange Dogs.”  What if I didn’t like it?  What if it wasn’t very good?  Let me cut to the chase, I think this is his best effort yet.

Ben_CD_FrontBen Wilson is a local musician via Elkton KY, now a Floridan, but always a local in my mind.  If you have read about Ben or heard someone describe his music, I am pretty sure the word “quirky” has been used.  That signature Ben Wilson “quirky-ness” is found on this cd, but there is a maturity to these songs that stands front and center.  Please do not take my use of maturity the wrong way; I am not implying his previous cd’s are childish, but on “Strange Dogs” he has turned a page in his songwriting and it shows.

My favorite song is track 10, “Elkton Trailor Park Blues.”  This Grateful Dead style blues jam is excellent. Another good track is “Anchors Aweigh,” which reminds me of the band, New Riders of the Purple Sage.  Ben’s influences of Dylan, Cash, and The Jayhawks shine through on many songs. The title track “Strange Dogs” was inspired by the many dogs and cats that he and his lovely wife Barbara, have fostered over the years. «Read the rest of this article»


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