Ben Smith


  1. 1.
    Wild Accusations
  2. 2.
    At the Window
  3. 3.
    That's Why We Walk
  4. 4.
    Love Potion #10
  5. 5.
    Waiting for Love (That's a Stupid Thing to Do)
2019’s Picardy is the latest album from prolific songwriter, Ben Smith. It joins a long line of song projects Ben has taken on over the last 20+ years—with bands (The Gilroys, Wise and Foolish Builders, Missing Palmer West), solo records (2011’s Crooked Earth, 2013’s EP Ravine Road), his annual Old Man Winter holiday song catalog, his songs-for-hire project Songsmith, and his in-the-works musical Page Two.
Smith, from West Chester, Pennsylvania has been one of WXPN’s long time favorite, local singer-songwriters, supporting his songs on the air and showcasing them in an episode of their Key Studio session video series. XPN’s program director Bruce Warren is a fan, calling Smith’s music “all good things warm and welcoming.”
Most of Ben’s songs are written at the piano, and sound both traditional—at home in some front parlor or back barroom—and sophisticated, something overheard echoing down a chamber hall, often accompanied by strings and other elaborate arrangements. It’s Harry Nilsson, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman, Rufus Wainwright, and Ray Davies--or at least that's the plan.


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