Come on, Hold on by Ben Trickey
"Ben Trickey, an Alabama native, an Atlanta transplant, a heartbreakingly honest crafter of songs. Born in 1979, Trickey began writing songs in 2001, and has since crafted four full-length albums, six EPs, and one split album with friend and fellow songwriter Brandon Schmitt. His americana-meets-indie/folk style has allowed him to grace the stage with renowned artists such as The Grand Archives, William Elliot Whitmore, Sera Cahoone, and Horse Feathers. What's more, though, is Trickey has seemingly done all of this utilizing a DIY mentality, with little to no label assistance.
Now, I understand it may be difficult to fully realize Ben Trickey's musical style from the previous blurb. So, I ask you to imagine the following. You step into a southern dive bar, located on a side street in that first rural town outside the city limits - a place where, when dark, you can really hear the crickets and you can really feel the night. The place you go to hide from your fears with a pitcher of PBR - rustic and run down, but homey and welcoming just the same. In the corner you notice a stage, a small platform, really, with a lone microphone. On that stage stands Ben Trickey, with his guitar and his beers. As he sings his quiet, bare-bones songs, you notice that he isn't singing to anyone in particular, let alone the few patrons of the bar. Perhaps he's just singing to himself, as a reassurance that he can make it through the night. As he sings his slow, simple songs, you are taken back to a dustbowl-era mentality. A time when the folk singers were few and far between; a time when the folk singers weren't just good, they were damn near perfect.
Absolutely give Ben Trickey a chance. I think his tired heart deserves it." - Daniel Anderson / Nine Bullets
Ben Trickey returns with a brand new full length of eleven well crafted songs recorded by Curt Wells in the Fall of 2010 and mastered by Carl Saff.
Jonathan Griffen provided violin and background vocals; Will Raines provided stand-up bass, accordion and back-up vocals; Melissa Trickey provided background vocals; Curt Wells provided background vocals as well.
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"Ben Trickey is a tremendously gifted songman who'd just as likely win over a rowdy bunch in a Tennessee honky-tonk as he would a polite Decatur shhhhh gathering. As it is, he usually plays rock clubs, and that's fine too. His new album, Come On, Hold On, is a stirringly intimate listen, generally just Trickey singing over his acoustic guitar, accented by Jonathan Griffin's prominent violin as well as a few other discreet instruments and voices (and even a rain storm on one track!). There's a twangy quaver in Trickey's voice that gives his songs both added vulnerability and power, if that makes sense. And dude gets extra points for being married to my favorite bartender in Atlanta! Fieldhouse Recordings, a new Stickfigure imprint dedicated to singer/songwriter fare, is behind this fine new release." - Stomp & Stammer