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Ben Bedford w/ Michelle Held
Trinity House Theatre
Livonia, MI
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Ben Bedford w/ Michelle Held
Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller according to Arthur Wood (Maverick). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the old soul quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.

In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his songs for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S., as well as in Europe, taking him overseas on several occasions for concert dates on the continent and in the United Kingdom. Notable dates there include Izzy Youngs famed Folklore Centrum in Stockholm, Sweden, Toogenblik in Brussells, Belgium, and The Green Note in London, England. Bedfords albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts and his music has been played on National Public Radios Car Talk and featured in The Sounding Board, the official newsletter of the renowned C.F. Martin Guitar Company. In addition to independent terrestrial stations, Bedfords music has received extensive airplay from syndicated programs such as River City Folk (syndicated by WFMT), The Midnight Special (syndicated by WFMT), BBC-Scotland, and the SIRIUS XM station The Village, all helping to gain Bedford a wider geographical audience.

In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the 50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, and John Prine.

In May of 2018, Bedford was named one of the six Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

Bedford has recorded five studio albums: Lincoln's Man (2007), Land of the Shadows (2009), What We Lost (2012), The Pilot and the Flying Machine (2016), and The Hermit's Spyglass (2018).

Michelle Held will open the show.  Michelle is a singer/songwriter with a distinctively soulful and captivating style. Michelle brings true spirit to a shaking place, with a voice we have not heard in a long, long, time," writes Amy Speace. "A hummingbird with a raven's heart." Brett Callwood (Detroit Metro Times) wrote, Held plays gentle folk with oft scathing lyrics. It's her voice that adds the X-Factor; that little bit of welcome strange." Held performs regularly throughout Southeast Michigan with recent national appearances that include Kansas City Folk Festival, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, Wisconsin Singer Songwriter Series & Wheatland Music Festival. Michelle received a Telluride Troubadour honorable mention in 2018.

Location

Trinity House Theatre (View)
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152
United States


Categories

Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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