Ben Arthur is a singer-songwriter and novelist. His new release, Call and Response, is a collection of “answer songs” responding to other artists’ work. As well as responding to songs by the Rolling Stones (“Sympathy for the Devil”) and Bruce Springsteen (“Atlantic City”), Ben also wrote and recorded songs answering short stories by Joyce Carol Oates and Alice Munro. Ben even had the thrill of collaborating on songs co-written with bestselling author Jonathan Lethem (“Motherless Brooklyn”) and celebrated short story writer George Saunders.
Ben has released six previous albums and two novels, has toured throughout the US and Europe, and has performed on national television and syndicated radio. He has shared the stage with artists including Dave Matthews, Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, and Toots and the Maytals, and has licensed his songs to ABC, CBS, Showtime, Lifetime, and PBS.
Ben is also the host and a producer of the web series SongCraft Presents, in which he writes and records a song with a featured artist in the course of a day. Guests on the show have included My Brightest Diamond, Lera Lynn, John Wesley Harding, Ben Sollee, Sean Rowe, Vienna Teng, Ximena Sarinana, and many others. The half hour pilot of SongCraft Presents aired on PBS last year, garnering an Emmy nomination.