Ben Bedford is on a roll. In January his new record “Land of the Shadows” (Hopeful Sky Records) was the top-played album on the FOLK-DJ charts, where folk DJs report their spins. And he came in third last month.
I met Ben about a year ago at the annual Folk Alliance conference in Memphis. The Springfield, Illinois native gave me his previous release “Lincoln’s Man” and I fell for its gripping and poignant tales of the Civil War days. On “Land of the Shadows,” Ben expands his palette to include contemporary themes along with his historical material. This is a sensitive look inside the people of America’s heartland, past and present.
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