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Songs I Swore I'd Never Sing

Redemption, resolve, and reflection run deep on Glory, the new album from Lost Dog Street Band

  • Digital Album

    Available Sept. 23, 2022

  • CD Album

    Available Sept. 23, 2022

  • Vinyl LP

    Available Sept. 23, 2022

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Not Coming Home
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Still Search For You
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Big River Ballad
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Talkeetna Tonight
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Mercy Bark
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Dark Before The Dawn
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Tears Worth The Gold
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Terrified To Try
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Wyoming
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The Paper And The Ink
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Redemption, resolve, and reflection run deep on Glory, the new album from Lost Dog Street Band

  • Digital Album

    Available Sept. 23, 2022

  • CD Album

    Available Sept. 23, 2022

  • Vinyl LP

    Available Sept. 23, 2022

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About the Band

Returning to the stripped-back, string band sound of their busking years, Lost Dog Street Band’s new album Glory is a searing testament to recovery, redemption and resolve. Fronted by songwriter Benjamin Tod and his wife, fiddler Ashley Mae, the DIY band began out of desperation on the sidewalks of Nashville roughly a decade ago, but now sustains a significant national audience that’s drawn to their authentic songwriting, old-time instrumentation, and hard-won independence.

“I wanted to make an album with the specific intention of being raw but full at the same time and to get back to our roots,” Benjamin Tod says. “Everyone on this album has been a busker. Douglas Francisco, who plays slide guitar — I met him on the streets busking. Jeff Loops, our bassist, was in a busking band, too. That flavor was important to me, just getting back to the root of things.”

By centering the songs of Glory around acoustic arrangements, without the drums or steel guitar of prior albums, these harrowing personal stories become even more graphic. It’s a feeling that Benjamin Tod himself describes as “a logical glimpse of climbing out of hell.” He observes, “Something that was shocking to me was realizing that as soon as I got sober, that was really the beginning of the journey. Choosing to get sober was barely even a milestone.”

Leading the album, “Until I Recoup (Glory I)” vengefully demands justice and describes the fight for glory after it’s been unjustly taken away. The lyrics read like a mission statement of redemption.

Similar to Steve Earle’s influential Train a Comin’ album from 1999, Glory conveys the hard work that goes into getting clean, particularly in tracks like “Fighting Like Hell to Be Free,” “Beautiful Curse” and “Jalisco Bloom.” Calling to mind the skillful writing of Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt, “What Keeps Me Up Now” views that phrase from multiple angles, from sleepless nights to a suicide attempt, where “the belt was a noose when I came to on the ground.” It’s one example of the “dark country” description that the band occasionally uses to describe their sound. In contrast, “End With You” finds Benjamin Tod feeling damn glad that he’s found a relationship that’s sustained him for a decade, through the achievements as well as the obstacles.

Raised in Sumner County, just outside of Nashville, Benjamin Tod was primarily raised by his grandmother and grandfather. However, at age 7, his mother surprised him with a cheap electric guitar –then his competing father bought him a pawnshop classical guitar. With nobody to show him how to play, they were little more than toys. However, at 14, he and a friend each received a Fullerton parlor guitar from his friend’s father. The boys started getting interested in folk music and protest songs, which led Benjamin to the streets of Nashville to busk.

Meanwhile, Ashley Mae was spending more and more time in Nashville, where her mother worked the overnight shift at rock station WKDF. She’d already tapped into the small punk scene in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she grew up, but found an even deeper community in Music City. At 20, she taught herself to play fiddle, shedding as much of her classical violin training as she could. When she met Benjamin Tod at a punk show, introduced by a mutual friend, they bonded immediately.

At 17, they left Nashville together for a life of street performance, hopping trains, and scraping by on less than $300 a month. After four years of terrible gigs and almost no traction, Benjamin Tod decided in 2016 to abandon the band. “I’d been a hardly functioning drug addict and alcoholic for over a decade. I was sick of the lifestyle and it seemed like it was going nowhere,” he admits.

An invitation from the band Devil Makes Three came out of the blue in 2016. Benjamin Tod found out about it in a train-yard, about to hop a train from Asheville, North Carolina, to Knoxville, Tennessee. “Without that, Lost Dog never would have moved forward from that point,” he says.

Lost Dog Street Band gained traction through that tour, but when Benjamin Tod and Ashley Mae separated for a year and a half, the momentum evaporated. Instead of going back on the road, they filmed performance videos of songs from Benjamin Tod’s solo album, I Will Rise, and posted them to YouTube without much expectation other than promotional use. However, that decision proved to be the turning point, as curious listeners discovered the band and their ticket sales skyrocketed.

Those early fans especially will embrace the spare but spirited sound of Glory, applied to tracks like “Cost of the High,” which directly addresses the fallout of addiction, as well as “Hayden’s Lament,” where the choice is given between “getting dead or getting tough.” Right after the plaintive country ballad, “Losing Again,” Benjamin Tod brings out the banjo for “I Believe (Glory II),” which basks in the emotion of finally finding that glory.

Without touring in 2020, Benjamin Tod and Ashley Mae settled on a parcel of land in rural Kentucky that they bulldozed themselves, building a cabin with well water and solar panels. Every week, even now, Benjamin Tod says he takes account of his situation as a recovering addict.

“In society as a whole, there’s a real lack in examples of actual recovery,” he says. “There’s not a brutally honest take on how painful the process is, but how rewarding it is at the same time. Every step that you make helps encourage you to meet the next milestone. It’s like a punch in the face and the kiss on the cheek every day. It’s very personal for me, the concept of digging out of hell, because I had to do that in order to gain my own dignity back. Everything follows after that. You have to earn your own respect of yourself before you earn it from anybody else.”

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On The Road

Upcoming Shows

With Special Guests Willi Carlisle* and Matt Heckler+

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE TICKET LINK
Aug 5, 2022
Fort Worth, TX
Tulip's +
Aug 6, 2022
Austin, TX
Emo's * +
Aug 9, 2022
Phoenix, AZ
The Van Buren +
Aug 10, 2022
San Diego, CA
Belly Up +
Aug 11, 2022
Los Angeles, CA
El Rey Theatre +
Aug 12, 2022
Ventura, CA
Ventura Music Hall +
Aug 13, 2022
Felton, CA
Felton Music Hall +
Aug 14, 2022
San Francisco, CA
Great American Music Hall +
Aug 16, 2022
Portland, OR
Revolution Hall +
Aug 17, 2022
Seattle, WA
The Showbox +
Aug 19, 2022
Boise, ID
Knitting Factory +
Aug 20, 2022
Salt Lake City, UT
Commonwealth Room +
Aug 21, 2022
Laramie, WY
Gryphon Theatre
Aug 23, 2022
Denver, CO
Ogden Theatre +
Aug 26, 2022
Knoxville, TN
Bijou Theater +
Aug 27, 2022
Pineville, KY
Laurel Cove Amphitheater +

Lonesome Farewell Tour

With Special Guests The Local Honeys

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE TICKET LINK
Sept 23, 2022
Ashland, KY
Foxfire Music & Arts Festival
Sept 24, 2022
Lewisburg, WV
Healing Appalachia
Sept 25, 2022
Charlottesville, VA
The Jefferson Theatre
Sept 27, 2022
Washington D.C., DC
The Howard Theatre
Sept 28, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
Sept 29, 2022
Jersey City, NJ
White Eagle Hall
Sept 30, 2022
Somerville, MA
Somerville Theatre
Oct 1, 2022
Burlington, VT
Higher Ground Ballroom
Oct 2, 2022
Portland, ME
State Theatre
Oct 5, 2022
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Iron Works
Oct 6, 2022
Pittsburgh, PA
Thunderbird Music Hall
Oct 7, 2022
Cleveland, OH
Agora Theatre
Oct 8, 2022
Columbus, OH
The Bluestone
Oct 9, 2022
Detroit, MI
Saint Andrew's Hall
Oct 13, 2022
Newport, KY
The Southgate House Revival
Oct 14, 2022
Louisville, KY
Mercury Ballroom

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