Ben Jarrell

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center


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Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
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Saturday, February 19, 8pm

Tickets:  $15 members/$18 nonmembers

Ben Jarrell was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama and the many smaller towns on its outskirts. If you were to write out the story of Jarrell’s journey from then until now, it would read like a country song. A damn good one, too. One initially fraught with discord and disappointment – nearly every touchstone a person relies on in their formative years gone. Failed.
Rock and roll grew out of failed systems both big and small and Jarrell found it in his teen years. Mike Ness’s Social Distortion was a light in an abandoned building. Jarrell followed that light toward Ness’s solo efforts that were more country than anything else. Once Jarrell open that door, he never stopped to close it. He just kept going; from The Stanley Brothers, Jerry Reed, Johnny Paycheck, Guy Clark and even some of the bluegrass greats to The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd to contemporary acts like Blackberry Smoke and Whitey Morgan.
Jarrell took what he learned from these songwriters, these bands, their records and applied it. He created his first band. Then another. And another. He kept going until he got it right. He spun well told stories – many of them from his own life experience – in tightly wrapped chords. He toiled and tinkered and gave us a self-titled acoustic EP in 2018. That was followed by his full-length record, “Troubled Times” in 2019 – recorded with an all-star band at Southern Ground in Nashville, TN. The record inspired one reviewer to pose the question: “Hot damn son! Wondering where the hell all the hard charging, kick ass, phase guitar and pedal steel-filled good ol’ Outlaw country music has gone in 2019, and without skimping on the songwriting…? Well it all seems to have been sucked up and put to good use by Alabama native Ben Jarrell … and it’s one hell of a ride boys and girls.”

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