A HEART OF GOLD IS HARD TO FIND

BRAND NEW LP FROM BENJAMIN TOD

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There are few that can say they’ve lived as much in one lifetime as songwriter Benjamin Tod. His music is an honest account and true testament to a life lived in grit, adversity, and desperation.

Born and raised in Sumner County, Tennessee, Benjamin began his musical career at an early age. He began street performing on lower Broadway in Nashville at 13 under the guidance of infamous Music City busker ‘Mandolin’ Mike Slusser. After being expelled from school for the 3rd time at 14, he never went back and was persistently in and out of juvenile detention. Soon after he became heavily involved in the Nashville punk scene and debuted his musical career playing bass in a gutter punk band ‘Capital Murder’ at the age of 15. 

In the next two years, Benjamin would squat with the local homebums and transient train riders who would teach him the rules of the streets and the road. He learned lessons the hard way, being introduced drugs and chaos at an early age.

At 17, he hopped a train out of Nashville with his now wife Ashley Mae and continued playing folk and country music between the train yards and truck stops to keep a full belly. A year and a half later he had been to jail in four states, been coast to coast on freight trains, earned money every way imaginable and fallen in love with the road, the needle and the bottle.

At 19, Benjamin joined Barefoot Surrender, a folk/punk act that ended in a bar fight and hotel brawl less than a year later. Not missing a beat, he began Lost Dog Street Band with his wife, Ashley Mae, and their yellow lab, Daisy. 

While on the road with Lost Dog, Benjamin met two souls who would go on to shape the course of his life. Shannon Jae and Nicholas Ridout. Together, the two couples formed street-quartet Spit Shine, writing and singing haunting songs about addiction, heartbreak, and death. In the spring of 2013, Nicholas, Benjamin’s best friend and road dog, took his own life. Molded by the pain of the following months and years, Benjamin has worked ceaselessly to carry the torch that Nicholas left. Song after song. Show after show. 

From the ashes of these years came Benjamin’s powerful debut solo album, “I Will Rise.” A raw and emotional portrait of the singer’s battle with addiction, relationships, and will to live, the pain of each track coalesces into the title mantra, “I Will Rise.” This album is perhaps Benjamin’s most mature work to date. Beyond simply steeping in the darkness, he proves to the listener that though he has truly been to hell and back, there is still a reason to push forward. 

His upcoming solo album, ‘A Heart Of Gold Is Hard To Find’ is another work that wouldn’t be out of place alongside the collections of the great American songwriters that inspired his sound in the first place. With a mix of new original songs, all of which feature his trademark lonesome sound, he manages to keep things from stagnating by including unexpected new arrangements of familiar Lost Dog songs. With the release of this album and albums like “I Will Rise” and his countless other projects, Benjamin has proven himself to be more than just another troubadour, tramp, or outlaw. He is one of the great American songwriters of our time.  

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UPCOMING GIGS

Shows indicated with (*) are adhering to the following COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: masks required, social distancing, limited capacity and ticket availability.

DATE CITY/STATE VENUE TICKET LINK

The following are adhering to COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: masks required, social distancing, limited capacity and ticket availability.

July 6, 2021
Indianapolis, IN
HI-FI Annex
July 8, 2021
Birmingham, AL
Zydeco
July 9, 2021
Nashville, TN
Marathon Music Works
July 10, 2021
Crossville, TN
Byrd's Creek Music Festival
July 11, 2021
Greensboro, NC
The Blind Tiger
Aug 8, 2021
Newport, KY
Southgate House Revival
Aug 10, 2021
Fayetteville, AR
George's Majestic Lounge
Aug 12, 2021
Houston, TX
Studio @ Warehouse Live
Aug 13, 2021
Ft Worth, TX
Tulips
Aug 14, 2021
Austin, TX
04 Center
Aug 15, 2021
Kerrville, TX
The Arcadia Live
Aug 19, 2021
Tucson, AZ
Club Congress
Aug 20, 2021
Phoenix, AZ
Crescent Ballroom
Aug 21, 2021
Los Angeles, CA
Vermont Hollywood
Aug 22, 2021
San Diego, CA
Belly Up Tavern
Aug 24, 2021
Morro Bay, CA
The Siren
Aug 25, 2021
Felton, CA
Felton Music Hall
Aug 26, 2021
Berkeley, CA
Cornerstone
Aug 27, 2021
Sacramento, CA
Goldfield Trading Post
Aug 28, 2021
Arcata, CA
Arcata Theatre
Aug 31, 2021
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theater
Sept 1, 2021
Seattle, WA
Neumos
Sept 2, 2021
Spokane, WA
Lucky You Lounge
Sept 3, 2021
Boise, ID
The Olympic
Sept 4, 2021
Salt Lake City, UT
Soundwell
Sept 5, 2021
Grand Junction, CO
Mesa Theatre
Sept 8, 2021
Fort Collins, CO
Aggie Theatre
Sept 9, 2021
Boulder, CO
Fox Theatre
Sept 10, 2021
Denver, CO
Bluebird Theater
Sept 14, 2021
Tulsa, OK
Cain's Ballroom
Sept 16, 2021
Knoxville, TN
Bijou Theatre

The following have been rescheduled.
Tickets purchased for a different date are still valid for the new date.

Jan 13, 2022
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Jan 14, 2022
Birmingham, AL
Saturn
Jan 15, 2022
Nashville, TN
Cannery Ballroom
Jan 16, 2022
Louisville, KY
Zanzabar
Jan 18, 2022
Millvale, PA
Mr. Smalls Theatre
Jan 19, 2022
Akron, OH
Musica
Jan 20, 2022
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Iron Works
Jan 22, 2022
South Burlington, VT
Higher Ground Ballroom
Jan 23, 2022
Portland, ME
State Theatre
Jan 25, 2022
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair
Jan 27, 2022
New York, NY
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jan 28, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
Underground Arts
Jan 29, 2022
Washington, DC
Union Stage
Jan 30, 2022
Charlottesville, VA
Southern Cafe
Feb 3, 2022
Huntington, WV
The V Club
Feb 4, 2022
Charlotte, NC
Neighborhood Theatre
Feb 5, 2022
Asheville, NC
Orange Peel
Feb 6, 2022
Lexington, KY
The Burl
Mar 1, 2022
St. Louis, MO
Off Broadway
Mar 2, 2022
Columbia, MO
Blue Note
Mar 3, 2022
Springfield, MO
Outland Ballroom
Mar 4, 2022
Lawrence, KS
The Bottleneck
Mar 5, 2022
Lincoln, NE
Bourbon Theatre
Mar 9, 2022
St. Paul, MN
The Turf Club
Mar 10, 2022
Duluth, MN
Sacred Heart Music Hall
Mar 11, 2022
Madison, WI
Majestic
Mar 12, 2022
Milwaukee, WI
Colectivo
Mar 13, 2022
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall
Mar 15, 2022
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick
Mar 17, 2022
Columbus, OH
A&R Music Bar
Mar 18, 2022
Newport, KY
Southgate House Revival

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