Ben de la Cour, Joe Goodkin

Ben de la Cour

Joe Goodkin

Wed · November 29, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Ben de la Cour
Ben de la Cour
Ben de la Cour has lived a different kind of life. After growing up in Brooklyn, he set out to see the world as an amateur boxer, bartender, janitor and agricultural worker in Havana, London, Los Angeles and New Orleans before settling in Nashville. Influenced as much by giants such as Townes Van Zandt and Warren Zevon as by Nick Cave and The Gun Club, Ben de la Cour has managed to meld all of these influences into a uniquely modern, haunting and sometimes darkly humorous sound that is all his own.

“Ben de la Cour’s songs are brimming with urgent authenticity. There is thematic hardness and vulnerability throughout, but what distinguishes de la Cour’s songs from lesser guitar-and-anguished-vocals hacks is the raw humanity of his delivery and the potency of his way with words.”
(No Depression)

In 2016 Ben de la Cour won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition and released ‘Midnight in Havana’, eleven tightly crafted songs of what he refers to as “Americanoir”. Tales of substance abuse, murder and mental illness sit in perfect juxtaposition with occasional moments of playful lightheartedness and the ever-present glimmer of hope. However, upon closer inspection, darkness almost always wins…an unlikely hero, but one that suits de la Cour.

“Gruff but well-read, quiet but dancing circles on one heel in the kitchen, Ben de la Cour is the enigma, the lone picker, the troubadour, the drifter, the one man band. He is a revitalizing force, providing the songwriting world with the honesty and emotion, the wisdom and history that is usually lost on singers trying to write the next beer can-blue jean hit.”
(American Music Project)
Joe Goodkin
Joe Goodkin
Chicago, IL songwriter Joe Goodkin earns a living performing a one-man folk opera of the ancient epic Homer’s Odyssey; yet the music he crafts as an indie artist finds its Muse in the bittersweet elegance of the modern everyday. On Record of Love, the third in a series of interconnected EPs, Goodkin sketches profound truths with a clean economy of language, wrapped in a fluttering wash of delicate sonics. Fragile, confessional, and unashamed in its raw honesty, the record is a portrait of the fleeting grace of our shared humanity. Record of Love was released individually on September 29, 2017, and as part of a double vinyl LP collection containing its predecessors Record of Life and Record of Loss.
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409