In 2016 he signed with Proper Records and released “The Emigrant” about which No Depression said, "It is a tremendous sweep and should end up on the shores of many a top ten albums of 2016 list.” That year he also won “International Song of the Year” at the UK Americana Awards for the song “Blackbirds,” which he co-wrote with Gretchen Peters.
His upcoming album, “Shorebound” will be released on Proper Records in May 2018 and features performances with Gretchen Peters, Ricky Ross, Mary Gauthier Kim Richey and Robert Vincent.
Ben is also one of the three songwriters/artists behind The Orphan Brigade
who’s 2017 album
Heart of the Cave
, written in ancient tunnels beneath the Italian city of Osimo, was released on At The Helm Records.