A writer of great nuance and simplicity and simple wonder, Ben suffuses his songs with a sense of place and detail. Natural, everyday wonders are his inspiration (and shouldn't they be for everyone, really?)
Born in Eugene, OR, Ben calls the upper reaches of Minnesota his home now, and it shows.
He's been compared to such songwriting and performance luminaries as Greg Brown, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Richard Buckner, and while he can channel their raspy growls and mystical sense, Ben remains his own artist. Stridently independent and unbending in his quests, Ben might not be everyone's cup of herbal tea, but if he were, he'd be boring.
Weaver is also an accomplished artist and writer: You can find his short story "Humanesque" in Amplified, a collection of fiction by songwriters including Rhett Miller, Robbie Fulks, and Jon Langford, while his art is often posted to his Tumblr.
- KOJI covers Ben's "East Jefferson" on While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records
- "Here's To My Disgrace" on Just One More: A Musical Tribute to Larry Brown