Ben Bostick is a Carolina-raised, California-based outsider country songwriter, musician, and busker. His influences range from Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen to Waylon Jennings and The Band.
After leaving South Carolina for a decade of rambling, writing, and odd jobs—roofing houses, working on ranches, working on movie sets, to name a few—on a whim he went busking on the Santa Monica Pier, and his life changed. As he wrapped up three hours of playing his original music to appreciative audiences, he discovered he had a full tip jar. Busking was everything the music industry was not: fun, honest, lucrative, and artistically free. A street performer was born.
Ben saved his busking money and recorded his debut EP, My Country (2016). No Depression says, “he comes on like an unholy alliance of George Jones and Merle Haggard.” My Country was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Roots/Country category and earned Ben a spot in the Songwriter Serenade songwriting competition in Moravia, TX.
Ben Bostick’s self-titled debut album (2017) takes on a more progressive country tone, recalling such artists as Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. “This eponymous album is so well written that it is to look into the heart of the divine, a true great,” says Liverpool Sound & Vision.