Ben’s family was "musically connected" as he was growing up in Texas. Nils Lofgren, then of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, was a friend of Ben’s father. Many times when Nils visited the house Ben would attempt to impress him by mimicking his guitar style on a toy guitar. Ben quickly began playing piano and started writing songs at age eight. He received an honorable mention in the Billboard magazine Young Songwriters Competition as a nine-year old.
During his teenage years Kweller established the three piece rock/punk outfit Radish. The group quickly established word-of-mouth in Texas, and after releasing 2 albums and one demo, were signed to Mercury Records in 1996. In addition to releasing material on the label, Radish toured extensively in Europe and America, and appeared on the Conan O’Brien and David Letterman shows.
Radish eventually disbanded, after which a 19-year-old Kweller moved to Brooklyn with his girlfriend and began to pursue a solo career. In 2001 he became the first worldwide signing of ATO Records, a label established by Dave Matthews.
Kweller played all the instruments on his critically acclaimed 2006 Self-Titled release. Ben began recording his fourth full-length LP, Changing Horses, in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2007. In 2008, Kweller re-signed with ATO Records who will be releasing Changing Horses in early 2009.
During this concert run Ben is promoting an EP entitled How Ya Lookin Southbound? Come In.. which he recorded specifically for limited sale during the tour. After a career of albums spanning punk, rock, folk, and Americana sounds, this EP is an homage to the classic country sounds Kweller was surrounded by growing up in Texas.
Don’t miss this fantastic show at the Rock and Roll Hotel in D.C. on Tuesday October 21 –
….and at The Earl in Atlanta on Friday, October 24th