If there is one thing I know to be true about music, it is this: Writing a great, enduring pop song is hard as Chinese arithmetic. You want it to be contemporary, but you want it to last. You want it to be hooky, but not so much it loses heart. And you want it to feel familiar but not so much so that it is played out by the third or fourth listen. Great pop-songwriters teeter down a narrow musical path keeping one eye on what’s happening around them, one on where they are heading and one on where they have been. Then they blend it all together into a perfect musical cocktail. It’s true. And that’s exactly what Ben Rector does.
Ben cut his musical teeth while a student at the University of Arkansas and used them over the next four years to devour the music scene in Fayetteville and floss with the surrounding states. While for many his songs make up the soundtrack for life on campus, his music quickly spilled past the walls of the university and into the playlists of audiophiles around the southeast. Now Ben is all growed up and on an upward trajectory towards being one of the most sought after independent musicians performing today.