Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin Shepherd spent his early years in the world of bar bands and country music. After moving to Richmond, Virginia at 18, he began composing original songs inspired largely by late 90's Pacific NW indie rock and classic rock 'n' roll records. A few years later, having discovered an affinity for the folk revival of the 60's and contemporary singer-songwriters, he moved to New York City to perform solo and found the Antifolk scene in the East Village where he began to develop his lyrically-focused songwriting style.
Having lived between Richmond and New York and traveling the country in the last decade, beginning and ending with various other bands along the way, Shepherd recorded "Eleven For The Road," a live solo performance captured at Montrose Recording in 2014 that would become his first studio LP. He's since recorded a new album of full band arrangements titled "Hold the Line" with the help of Kevin Guild (Southside Stranglers, Diamond Hairbrush), Tyler Williams (The Head And The Heart), Charlie Glenn (The Trillions, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down), and Adrian Olsen (Spacebomb Studios, Avers) which is out now and can be heard via the links at the bottom of the page.
"I can still remember just how Benjamin Shepherd looked the first time I saw him play. A guitar strapped to his tall frame, a harmonica holder dangling loose from his shoulders, and his sleeves rolled up past his elbows like he wasn’t concerned if things were about to get messy. He reminded me of Bob Dylan or Paul Westerberg obsessing over the minimalist literature of Raymond Carver or the adventurous cinema of Jim Jarmusch or the immersive art of David Lynch."
"Hold the Line," [is] a solid collection of eight songs finely aged over the past two years that mark the exponential growth of an artist. Lush arrangements, swanky guitars and hearty vocals flourish in 30 glorious minutes reminiscent of a young John Prine or Neil Young.
"Benjamin Shepherd brings a folky touch to his songs, but he's not without some side trips into drug-fueled weirdness."
"On [Hold the Line], Shepherd's introspective take on Americana-influenced rock n' roll is distinctive and memorable."
"Expertly merg[es] his twangy Nashville roots with Northern indie-rock vibes"
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