19-year-old Ben Fisher has the lyrical talent of someone that could easily be his parents’ age. While you might partially expect songs about heartache, lost loves and the pains of growing up Fisher sings about a variety of subjects like living life to the fullest, fishing, heck even a song titled after Hiriam M. Chittenden (the real name of the Ballard Locks.)
The UW student has the soft and low vocals that remind the listener of earlier Dylan (whom he cites as an influence, along with Josh Ritter, Townes Van Zant, Justin Townes Earle) complete with a folk twang that shines with his banjo and guitar skills. His latest release Heavy Boots & Underwoods is available via his bandcamp page (streaming below) as well as at Sonic Boom.
There’s a high likelihood you’ve seen Fisher singing and playing guitar at the Ballard market, where other great local artists like Caspar Babypants/Chris Ballew perform, but there’s an even better chance of you seeing him perform on July 22 at Cafe Allegro for free!