Solo Artist

Hear music featuring Ben as a solo artist.

For years a fear of singing held Ben Glaros back from fulfilling his aspiration to be a solo artist and bandleader. In 1997, on a transformational journey to the deserts of New Mexico, he not only got over his fear but discovered that he had a true gift as a vocalist.  Along with a newfound enthusiasm for singing, he came home with a new confidence in his identity as a songwriter, and has become just as well known for these talents as for his abilities as a guitarist

In his solo work Ben’s role models are artists like Neil Young, Paul Westerberg, Robyn Hitchcock and Richard Thompson; musicians who write songs strong enough to stand on their own with just acoustic guitar and voice, but who can’t simply be classified as “singer/songwriters” because they are equally devoted to plugging in an electric guitar and rocking.

In addition to his recent "Celebrated Summerteeth" EP, Glaros' releases include his self produced 2004 debut EP “Solo” and his first full length album “Lovesong Roulette” released in 2008. Both received glowing reviews and were included in yearly “best of” lists in City Pages and the Onion.

“Lovesong Roulette” was celebrated with a release party at the Cedar Cultural Center with Ben’s hero and friend Slim Dunlap opening, and led to many great opportunities; an opening slot for Jose Gonzalez in front of a sold out crowd at the Cedar, his first performance on the First Avenue mainstage, and live radio appearances on 89.3 the Current, KFAI, and even the super popular “Lori and Julia” show on 107.1 FM.

And in a beautiful irony for someone who used to be deathly afraid of singing in front of people, Ben was included in the Minneapolis StarTribune’s feature “Who’s Next From the Land of 10,000 Singers

Check out the audio player for the complete "Celbrated Summerteeth" and “Solo” EP's and selections from “Lovesong Roulette” as well as live recordings. Browse the videos for clips of Ben’s performances including unreleased songs and his incorporation of loopers into his live shows.

Sample and purchase Ben's music, including the new "Celebrated Summerteeth" EP here:

Ben Glaros on Bandcamp

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