Ben Stalets is not a songwriter; he’s a song. Realizing he couldn’t wash the Toledo off, Ben leaned into it, inspired by the blue-collar underdogs and anti-heroes that the rust belt surrounds you with. Talking to Ben is talking to an old friend, and that’s exactly how his songs are written, and his shows performed. As comfortable in a bar room as he is in a listening room, by the 3rd verse of the first song, Stalets will have the room quiet enough to hear someone clutching their pearls, just before the refrain gives permission to laugh again. With a decade of songwriting and performing under his belt, it’s pretty much your civic duty to catch Ben whenever he comes within 100 miles of your town.
Ben has opened for legendary artists like Justin Townes Earle, Damien Jurado, Valerie June, and more. Venues played include Knoxville's Blue Plate Special, Nelsonville Music Festival, and more. Ben has released two independent records, followed by Everybody's Laughing in 2021 on Detroit-based Whistle Pig Records, with a new Whistle Pig release slated for 2023.
Catch Ben Stalets at The Southgate House Revival on Friday, April 28th! It's a FREE show!