ON 2/28/10 "TRUST YOUR EQUIPMENT" MADE THE FAMOUS WATERLOO RECORDS TEXAS TOP 10 CHART!!!
Here are Terry Allen’s thoughts on Ben’s debut CD - “Trust your Equipment”
I heard this CD the first time driving in my truck out to a friends ranch to borrow some bolt cutters. It was cold brittle New Mexico day with wide windy vistas. I thought about a lot of things while I drove and listened...stuff like neon and Cambodia and Thai bands and the sudden impact of dead artists and Tibetan breath music and my old friend Butch Hancock's High Plains tuna fish observation can and Spike Jones and some Buddhists I know and care about in the Texas Hill Country. Driving and listening to music is pretty much my favorite religious experience, especially if the music hooks in with the rhythms of the tires and takes you further than just picking up some bolt cutters. New voices in my head. So thanks, Ben. You kept me listening and kept me moving.
About Terry Allen - Terry Allen has made a career out of creating art based on how things are- not how they ought to be. Terry's background includes musical and theatrical performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, video, installation, and radio works. His sculpture pops up in the most unusual places- from Los Angeles' Citicorp Plaza, to San Francisco's Moscone Center to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He's received numerous awards and honors- including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Then there's his music. Terry's recorded several provocative albums of original rock with Texan accent and attitude. Bizarre characters and biting observations- along with insights and inside jokes- populate his songs. Instead of offending simply for the sake of being rude, also shows an unexpected compassion. Whether it is his music, sculpture, or opinion, Terry goes all out. ""
Ben Livingston is internationally known as a neon/light sculptor and inventor of an infinite phosphorescent color palette which glows within his luminous tubes. This discovery won him a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts.
What is not well known about Livingston is that he has been writing songs from his journals for two decades. His performances are rare, but their provenance is high. Opening for Terry Allen and Joe Ely for his first public appearance at the Blue Star Art Complex's Jump Start Theatre in San Antonio, TX. Then on to Nepal with his trekking troubadour companion, Jeff "Baje" Ragsdale. As the "Annapurna Rounders" they walked and played at tea houses along the two hundred mile trail of the Annapurna 'Royal Trek' in the Himalayas, finishing their tour with concert performances in Kathmandu. Most recently he and his band, "The "That's what she said!" Boys" played the Continental Club during Austin's famed "SXSW" music festival hosting a standing room only and a line out the door crowd.
News review below:
Dear Reader, Greetings! My name is Ben Livingston, I am a singer- song writer and N.E.A. fellow. I live in Austin, Texas. People like my songs, say they're quirky. I write catchy songs about life, friends and times of a visual artist from my journal. I think we have created something very special with our music. I hear that people find it sonically interesting, diverse, eclectic, entertaining, funny and inspiring.
I have a great band, we are called "The "That's What She Said!" Boys" The band includes Bob Livingston- bass (Jerry Jeff Walker's Lost Gonzo Band) John Hagen- cello (Lyle Lovett) and Lloyd Maines- pedal steel (Dixie Chicks.) and more. "The "That's What She Said!" Boys" debuted at the famous Continental Club here in Austin last year during SXSW. It was standing room only with a line out the door. Unique in its nature I think we might be of great interest to you.
I urge you to give my songs or better yet the entire CD (as it is arranged as a complete work) a good listen, you won't be disapointed, I promise.