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Jun. 12, 2024


Ben Balmer

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Asheville-based troubadour Ben Balmer, begins a yearlong residency with AGB, bringing special guests & showcasing his wide range of vocals, his exceptional guitar & killer harmonica. $15 Originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ben Balmer is a singer, songwriter, harmonica player, and guitarist now based in Asheville, North Carolina. He’s played in all 48 of the contiguous United States, throughout Canada, and has done months-long stints in Japan and the UK. Balmer’s music is colored not only by his musical influences (everything from Bela Bartok to the J. Geils Band), but also by novelists such as C.S. Lewis and Cormac McCarthy. His rootsy, lyric-driven Americana is the rare kind that is meticulously crafted yet has undeniable mass appeal. Balmer’s third and latest album Honky-Tonk Macbeth (2021) was hailed as “ of those pleasant oddities that pops up now and then, an effort that brims with clever ideas matched with top musicianship” by Texas Music Magazine. After 14 years in Austin, Texas, Balmer made the move to Asheville North Carolina in 2022 and is touring continuously in addition to working on his next record.