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Ben Fisher

Roanoke

Out now, benfisher.bandcamp.com

Regular Ballard Sunday Market busker Ben Fisher may be young, but with influences like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and

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Roanoke Ups The Country Twang For Ballard Balladeer Ben Fisher

3014516587-1.jpg

Ben Fisher

Roanoke

Out now, benfisher.bandcamp.com

Regular Ballard Sunday Market busker Ben Fisher may be young, but with influences like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Guy Clark, has the taste of a singer-songwriter twice his age. The U Dub junior (major: Arabic) just released Roanoke, a five song follow-up to last year's full length debut Heavy Boots & Underwoods. Like Heavy Boots (whose title references the typewriter brand Underwood and themes from the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Fisher leans on the folk canon of the '60s, producing another set of carefully finger picked, plaintive ballads. But the twangy pedal steel of Kevin Suggs adds more Americana this time around, and after a few more years busking the streets and living in the songs he writes, Fisher might be citing Gram Parsons among his heroes.

Ben Fisher plays the Northwest Folklife Festival next Monday (5/28) at 12:20 p.m. at the Folklife Cafe.

 
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