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Ben Kweller 2/27/11 + Video

Ben Kweller 2/27/11
Written by Will Kyle
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  • Date Recorded: February 27, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Ben Kweller
  • Hosting Show: Rocket 88
  • Sound: Jon Valley
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

After beginning in Texas, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ben Kweller has been touring almost non-stop and penning an array of songs that rely on his white-hot wit, sharp human insight and willingness to experiment.

Kweller cannot be boxed into a single genre. One moment he channels Rivers Cuomo (as on the song "Commerce, TX"), another, a forward-looking Elton John (as on "Sundress") and sometimes he simply sounds like himself (as on "Thirteen"). Whether bolstered by funny observation, twinkling keys, popish introspection or melancholy harmonica and guitar twang, Kweller is always moving toward new sonic landscapes.

In 2009, Kweller enlisted the pedal steel and dobro of fellow multi-instrumentalist Kitt Ketterman for the album Changing Horses. The collaboration resulted in a quieter Kweller, one of the prairies, with light Springsteen overtones, and offered audiences a barnyard of Americana country sounds, reminiscent of Dylan's John Wesley Harding.

Kweller's live shows employ the genre play his records feature. After one of his shows, audience members are likely to stream into the street with wobbly, almost post-coital knees, dreaming where Kweller will take his power-packed, highly-crafted sound next.

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