Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin Shepherd spent his early years surrounded by country music and the bar bands his father moonlit in. It wasn't until he moved to Richmond, Virginia after finishing high school that he began composing original songs inspired by late 90's Pacific NW indie rock and classic rock 'n' roll records. That soon led to a passion for the 1960's folk revival and contemporary singer-songwriters that sent him to New York City in pursuit of the Antifolk scene of the East Village where he began to hone his solo performance and develop a lyrically-focused songwriting style.
Having lived between Richmond and New York, traveling across the country, and beginning and ending with various bands along the way, Shepherd recorded "Eleven For The Road" in 2014--a live solo performance captured in one take at Montrose Recording--that would become his first studio LP. He's since released 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 can be heard on all major music platforms. His third album is currently in the works and will be out in 2021.
"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"
-The Music Mermaid
-Mayor of Catskill NY, Vincent Seely