In 2004 he moved to London with his brother to revive their teenage metal band, Dead Man’s Root. They lived in a van and toured around Europe until the law of diminishing returns forced Ben to cut his losses and return to the states with a head full of softer, bruised, but no less intense acoustic songs.
After a short stint in Los Angeles, de la Cour moved to New Orleans and released Ghost Light in 2011 to rave reviews, with one journalist dubbing him “a vitriolic Leonard Cohen.”
In 2014 he made his way to Nashville where he crashed on couches and worked as a doorman to make ends meet. His third album Midnight in Havana came out in 2016 and was met with critical acclaim from outlets like Red Line Roots, Nashville Scene, No Depression and The Huffington Post. That same year he won the prestigious New Folk Competition at the 2016 Kerrville Folk Festival.
2018 saw the release of The High Cost of Living Strange, eight tracks of self-proclaimed “Americanoir”; weaving complex, mysterious and sometimes shocking storylines with a unique blend of instrumental backing and the occasional glimpse of gallows humor.