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"Ben's way of sharing his pain is poetic and beautiful. Artists such as him are few and far between."
- Chris Keaton, Country Music News International
"One of the indie scene’s most respected songwriters."
- Jennifer Munoz, Vents Magazine
Ben Bostick is a Georgia-based singer-songwriter and one man band.
After leaving home for a decade of rambling and toiling at odd jobs, Bostick blew into California and decided to try his hand busking on the Santa Monica Pier. To the great surprise of the former ranch hand and roofer, Bostick found that he could make a living playing music. Ben saved his busking money and used it to record his debut EP, My Country, in 2016. No Depression says, “he comes on like an unholy alliance of George Jones and Merle Haggard.” My Country was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Roots/Country category.
His debut album, Ben Bostick (2017), takes on a more progressive country tone, recalling such artists as Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson, and showcases his versatility as a songwriter. “This eponymous album is so well written that it is to look into the heart of the divine, a true great,” says Liverpool Sound & Vision.
Hellfire (2018), Bostick’s sophomore release, is a collection of high energy songs written during his band’s yearlong residency at The Escondite in downtown Los Angeles. Lonesome Highway says, "Bostick has a wicked & wry sense of looking at things and amidst a gumbo of Country, Rockabilly, Blues and Rock we are treated to plenty of drinkin’, hard partying on Saturday nights, lustful love flings, poor boy messes and just downright bitter and mean men - loners set to do you harm."
2019 brought Bostick and his family to Atlanta, GA. Among the Faceless Crowd was released on April 17, 2020 to high praise. The Daily Vault says, "The haunted feel and moral complexity of these songs inevitably bring to mind Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. It’s a point of comparison one should never make lightly, but it’s merited here thanks to the exceptional craft and affecting power of Bostick’s songs."
Grown Up Love (2021), a collection of love songs borne out of the trials of the pandemic and his daughter’s diagnosis with Rett Syndrome, was released on August 20, 2021. The Young Folks call it "a beautiful gem of an album, rife with wistful colors, the sensation of human love, and poignant lyricism."
The Rascal Is Back (2023) is a collection of boisterous, road-tested foot tappers and knee slappers. "Bostick never falters, nothing is silly, nothing clichéd, it’s all rooted in deep musical genres & Ben polishes them all with gusto," says Americana Highways.