new album in the works + farewell milwaukee shows
So far this year, I've been busy with my band Farewell Milwaukee. We've played some epic shows recently in Minneapolis, including two sold-out shows at the Aster Cafe and a First Ave Mainroom performance! A huge thank you to all those who came out to these shows and continue to support us. We're in the process of nailing down summer and fall dates, so keep an eye on the calendar. And, you can catch us again this April at the Mid West Music Fest in La Crosse.
On the solo front, I've been in the studio recording a new album and can't wait to share these new songs with you. Stay tuned for more info on the release!
Star Tribune's Best-of-2016 Minnesota album poll
"While his refreshingly unpretentious Americana rock band Farewell Milwaukee put out its own spirited album this year, pining-voiced frontman Lubeck stepped outside that comfort zone and jumped into more spiritual, personal territory for a solo debut that could be mistaken for one of Ryan Adams’ finer efforts. Songs about a troubled childhood and his own mixed emotions in becoming a dad are matched with graceful melodies and dramatic twang. Chris Riemenschneider
Got to hang out with my friend Darin Back on Monday. We first met at the Kitty Cat Klub when Farewell Milwaukee was in its infancy. We hit it off with our love for Whiskeytown, Fleetwood Mac, Uncle Tupelo and The Flying Burrito Brothers. He has such an incredible talent. Busted out my new Sin City jean jacket for this one. A tribute to the Burritos.
What a beautiful surprise! Rented Rooms made the Star Tribune's list of best Minnesota albums! You can read the article HERE. "For his first album away from his (still-rolling) Americana rock band Farewell Milwaukee, Ben Lubeck turns in an introspective and intimate set of songs based on his frayed relationship with his dad and his own newfound parenthood. The results ooze with drama and inspiration, while Lubeck’s Ryan Adams-like voice and the album’s lush, ambient alt-twang arrangements lend them a disarming tenderness. You’ll want to make amends with everyone in your life by record’s end." -Chris Riemenschneider
Honored that Scott from the UK ordered and is proudly wearing a Rented Rooms patch! Thanks Scott! Special bonus that it's on the same jacket as a PAX-AM patch! You can snag a Rented Rooms patch and other merch at my merch store HERE
Introducing the first of three live videos we're calling 'The Homestead Sessions.' I'm joined here by the incredibly talented Andy Dee on lap steel. Recorded live in the Original Rieder Homestead, built in Delano, Minnesota in 1881. Thanks to David and David Productions for the video and Brad Bivens for the audio.
When Adam Levy agreed to sing on 'Love of Mine' I was floored. FM has had the opportunity to share the stage with The Honeydogs a few times and we've even shared a few dates with them on the road. I've been a huge fan of The Honeydogs as well as his solo work for some time. He's a wonderful dude and added so much to this song!
Here is the official video for 'Love of Mine.'
Video by: David Dennison of David and David Productions
Had an excellent day recording some live performance videos with the crazy talented Andy Dee, David Dennison and Brad Jensen Bivens. Look for those videos soon on my YouTube channel.
I sat down with my friend David Dennison at Dave's Town Club in Delano, MN last summer to discuss music video options for my new album that would soon be coming out. After discussing a ton of different ideas and approaches...we thought that a simple approach might be a nice contrast to a song as powerful as Right Time. So he said he had an idea and we walked around the block and he showed me the old town hardware store that was recently being renovated by the mayor himself. Looking through the old windows of the storefront I knew this would be the perfect backdrop for this song. I love what Dave did and had a great time working with him. I hope you enjoy my official music video for Right Time.
Happy Release Day Everyone! Thanks to everyone who helped make Rented Rooms a reality. I hope this album finds you well. -Ben
Happy Rented Rooms release week! Rented Rooms is available FRIDAY! You can still Pre-Order the album and receive a Care Package.
ALSO!....We've got T-shirts in the merch store! Two different designs! Available now! PS. That's Bethany she's one of my best friends and she sang all over this record. : )
Thanks to the The Bluegrass Situation for premiering my song 'LOVE CUTS GLASS' and making it SONG OF THE WEEK! The song dives deeply into the relationship with my dad and our time spent traveling through the deserts of the Southwest.
Go Local Spotlight with Barb Abney: VIDEO
Ben Lubeck, along with guitarist Jake Hanson, stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to talk about this new collection of songs and play a few tunes. Listen here: IN STUDIO
The Ben Lubeck dot com store is now open and ready for business! Check it out here!
You can now stream 'MORNING AFTER' on Spotify
Ben is currently in the studio with Farewell Milwaukee working on their fourth full length record.