Last Minute Folk at the Jayhawk is excited to present singer-songwriter Ben Bedford for his first appearance on the Jayhawk Gallery stage on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 7pm. Local Topeka singer-songwriter Rachel Louise Taylor will open the show.
Concerts are held at the Jayhawk Theatre Gallery, 720 SW Jackson
Tickets are $20 on line at www.lastminutefolk.org or at the door
Refreshments will be provided by AFS Exchange Student Program for a donation to the AFS programming. Students will be available at intermission to talk about their program.
Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives.
With his fourth album, The Pilot and the Flying Machine, Ben Bedford takes the listener on a philosophical, poetic, and powerful sonic flight. With his songwriting as erudite as ever and his guitar playing further honed and refined, Bedford enters decidedly new territory in terms of themes, sound, and arrangement with this album. While his tried and true singer songwriter influences, such as Townes Van Zandt and Patty Griffin are here, this album owes as much in inspiration to the piano playing of Vladimir Horowitz and Thelonious Monk, and the theatrical songwriting of Kate Bush.
“The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references into engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery.”
–Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller…” according to Arthur Wood (Maverick). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison. In the past ten years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his songs for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S., as well as in Europe, taking him overseas on several occasions for concert dates on the continent and in the United Kingdom. Notable dates there include Izzy Young’s famed Folklore Centrum in Stockholm, Sweden, Toogenblik in Brussells, Belgium, and The Twickenham Folk Club in London, England. All of Bedford’s albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts with What We Lost also charting highly on the Roots Music Report charts. Bedford’s music has been played on National Public Radio’s Car Talk and was featured in The Sounding Board, the official newsletter of the renowned C.F. Martin Guitar Company. In addition to independent terrestrial stations, Bedford’s music has received extensive airplay from syndicated programs such as “River City Folk” (syndicated by WFMT), “The Midnight Special” (syndicated by WFMT), BBC-Scotland, and the SIRIUS XM station “The Village”, all helping to gain Bedford a wider geographical audience. In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included such stalwarts as Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell and John Prine. Bedford recently finished work on his fourth album, The Pilot and the Flying Machine, which features Diederik van Wassenaer (The Underhills, Dietrich Jon) on violin, Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull, Darol Anger) on double bass, Kari Bedford on harmonies and was engineered by Dave Sinko (Punch Brothers, YoYo Ma, Edger Meyer). The album was released in May, 2016 in North America and August, 2016 in the United Kingdom and continental Europe.
With delicacy and charm, spirit and ambition, country recording artist Rachel Louise Taylor’s genuine lively sound reflects her roots from the heart of Kansas. With the flexibility to transcend genres, Taylor, along with her latest single release, “Drive by Town”, continues to make a memorable mark on the Music Industry. Growing up in a musical family, Taylor’s musical memories began early, dancing and singing along to her favorite tv shows and movies. As her obsession didn’t end there, she began taking guitar lessons at the early age of 7-years-old. At the age of 10, she began performing in front of audiences, and coffee shops in her hometown. It wasn’t long before local businesses and organizations recognized Taylor’s talents, including her in their annual events. She soon began performing at Topeka Roadrunner hockey games and graduations among others.
Booking with local venues, festivals, events and fairs, Taylor connected with other artists in the Kansas music industry, opening doors to other musical opportunities. Starting off strong from the beginning, in October of 2013, Taylor opened for the Grammy nominated songwriter, Sally Barris. In high school, she released 4 EP albums, of all originally composed songs, showcasing her progressive talent in the songwriting profession.
It wasn’t until the first week of her college career that her fall 2016 single release “In Your ‘85” was featured on national and international country radio. The single topped the Ullplay music chart in the U.K. for three consecutive months. Following this success, Taylor took part in the Be Ready Entrepreneur Competition with Washburn University, pitching her music as a business, and taking home first place and a $2,500 scholarship. Just turning 19 years old, NSAI member Rachel Louise Taylor is set to release her first full length album in August of 2017.