When Ben Daniels decided he was going to be a musician, it was more than a career choice. A natural poet, this young songwriter went to school on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Jack White, among others. His lyrics speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and thinks about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the finale of their set, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans blues, reggae, hip hop, and even jazz.
BDB has played throughout Michigan, as well as Nashville and New York City. As a solo artist, Ben has stepped on the stage in Austin, TX at the Cactus Cafe, as well as The Barns at Wolf Trap. He has even sang at the grave of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson in Greenwood, Mississippi. The son of actor Jeff Daniels, he has quietly monitored what it takes to live life as an artist. Beyond a passed down talent, the Ben Daniels Band believes in hard work, perseverance, and creatively challenging themselves and their audience.
With George Merkel on guitar, Tommy Reifel on bass, and Wesley Fritzemeier on drums/fiddle/trumpet/keyboard/spoons, BDB’s live show never fails to take over the venue. Their songs become anthems with arrangements that pull people inside their sound. With six CDs under their belts - Coming From The C, Checkin’ In To The Michigan Inn, Can't You See, The Mountain Home EP, their dual album & movie release Old Gold, and the newest release of their sixth studio album Roll this summer - the Ben Daniels Band is gettin' serious.
“Then, later in the evening, The Ben Daniels Band almost
brought down the Gallery!...Transformed into an
intimate concert venue, ‘The Ben Daniels Band’
thrilled the crowd with their blues-based music.”
-The Chelsea Gallary
“The Ben Daniels Band...featuring
intricate and artful lyrics...reminiscent of
Adam Duritz in early Counting Crows,
but also eerily similar to Everlast's best work.”
“I was impressed by how seasoned the
Ben Daniels Band sounded.
Daniels has a voice perfectly suited
for the blues.”
“His son Ben joined him on stage for
an original tune written by the younger of
the two Daniels called, "Fake a Smile," which
was one of my favorite portions of the show.
Watch out for this kid, he's the real thing.”
“This story is to be continued tonight at Goodnight Gracies.
Come watch the marvelous Ben Daniels opening
for Lester Blues. You do not want to miss this
extraordinary new talent that's a cross between
a promise and a threat. I'd advise you to be there promptly at 10."